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Master Tweeting for Authors

Okay, I’m no master, but this is not a how to beginners guide, either.  We already know you’re on it and using it, but are you using it to your full advantage?

If you think you’re not interested in Twitter, if you hear Twitter and think, I don’t have time for that, or I have nothing to tweet, or what a waste of time…I have a couple of stories for you at the end of the tips section that may change your mind.  If nothing else they are warm and fuzzy stories.  We can all use a few more warm fuzzies in the world, no?

I haven’t always been a Twitter fan.  I swear my first few weeks on Twitter killed thousands of braincells.  What do you mean, no threads?  How am I supposed to keep track of anything or anyone? What the hell is everyone talking about?

I felt like I’d been dropped in the middle of a cocktail party where I knew no one and kept picking up partial conversations of which I couldn’t quite elbow myself into.

I missed the organization of threads on Facebook, my original social media of choice, and eventually deleted my Twitter account.  But then guess what happened?  Yep, a few weeks later, I realized I missed the immediacy and intimacy and utter rampage of information on Twitter.

What was a girl to do?  I got TweetDeck.  But I’m not going to talk about TweetDeck today, I’m going to talk about Twitter and what I’ve learned about the nuances of that particular social media that made it more manageable and less chaotic.

Big Picture Elements

Bio:

You get a generous 160 characters to describe yourself in your Twitter bio.  The bio shows up beneath your photo on your main twitter page.  The good news is that you don’t have to include your website address in that bio–it shows up somewhere else on your info page.

The purpose of your bio is to create interest so people will see your bio and think, “Hey, she looks interesting. We have some of the same hobbies/interests.” And either have them follow you or at least check out your tweets to see if they want to follow you.

Here’s an example of a highly effective bio:

@LaurieBLondon  Seattle

Author of paranormal romance from HQN. My debut novel BONDED BY BLOOD is in stores everywhere. I tweet about books, wine, writing, food, horses and my family.

This bio highlights what she does: author of paranormal romance, her publisher: HQN, the title of her latest novel: BONDED BY BLOOD, interests: books, wine, writing, food, horses and family.

Photo:

I never thought much about this until someone else mentioned it — and with a good point.  On Twitter, your photo is your brand.  Yes, you can make your own Twitter page, but I never go to a person’s actual page.  I look at their tweets from MY Twitter login page.  On TweetDeck, tweets are listed in a column with the photo beside the comment, much like your login page.

Some things to consider:  When seen in a list with other peeps, does your image stand out?  Does it reflect your personal/professional message? Is it appealing?

Certain pictures work better than others: Closeups and bright colors are better than distance images.  I would suggest the same holds true for representative images–a single flower, for instance instead of a garden scene.  Those photos are just too tiny to decipher much.

I’m torn on using book covers as images.  I can see why authors do it–I will probably do it when I get my cover art.  Here are the pros and cons that come immediately to mind:

Con: Size. Typically, only a section of the book cover can fit into the little square Twitter offers.  If you shrink the cover to fit, it’s too small to recognize.  If you don’t, it’s too big to identify.  On most Twitter images where a book is used, I can’t see anything memorable of the cover — not the full title, not the setting, not the people, in fact, sometimes I can’t make out anything.

Suggestion:  Choose a memorable portion of the cover and crop it so that is what comes up in your little Twitter photo square: hero or heroine’s face, specific, identifiable body parts entwined–hands, arms, bodies, the title, your name, or some other item.  Something that will click with a person when they see it again.  On some covers, a vivid color is enough.

Pro: You can change the cover when a new book releases, keeping your audience apprised of a new book.  The point of using your cover as an image is to get people to “see” it.  Get it into their heads so when they go to the story or flip through amazon, they recognize it.  Marketing is, after all, recognition–of brand, name, style. Consider the suggestion above to maximize your exposure.

Con: Changing your Twitter photo often disorients followers.  In a world of text, an image is a powerful touch-stone.  People scan their twitter searching for familiar photos of those people they love the most.  You can lose touch with your followers if you change your image too often.

Con: In my personal opinion, I don’t connect as easily with people who have something other than their head shot as a Twitter icon.  I’m not sure why, but I like to “see” who I’m talking to.  Yes, I LOVE cover art, don’t get me wrong.  But consider what you’re trying to do on Twitter — connect with people.  There is something to be said for promoting YOU as an author, not just your most recent book.

Here’s an article you might want to read and consider: Promote Yourself Not Your Book by @ElizabethSCraig. (BTW, If you’re a writer and you don’t follow her on Twitter, you’re missing out on an amazing plethora of writing related articles/blogs from authors across the globe.)

Lists

If you already use lists, you can skip this one.  If you don’t…oh, the beauty of lists!

Both Twitter and TweetDeck allow you to separate your followers into lists.  Why is this so fantastic?

Imagine this scenario: You are an author.  Someone following you is very “busy” in the literary world.  Writes blogs, interviews authors, reviews books, knows people who know people.  You want them to be apprised of your updates.  Them following you is a good thing.  So you follow them back–it’s a professionally nice thing to do.  Only, you discover they’re a downer.  All their tweets are woe-is-me or maybe even a tad nasty.  You don’t want to unfollow them, but you don’t want to be exposed to the bad karma either.

Solution:  Create a list of writing-related peeps, and don’t put her on it.

With lists you can:

  • Separate your friends from your family, or put them together in one list.
  • Have a separate list for personal and professional peeps.
  • Have one list for author buddies and one for literary resources.
  • Keep your peeps organized and focused.
  • Focus your time on-line because Twitter is streamlined.
  • Get back to your writing faster.

How to make a list on Twitter:

  • From your home page, click on the “lists” link beneath the “what’s happening” open white box.
  • From the drop down, choose “create a list”
  • Choose a name for your list and enter it in the box provided
  • The description tab is optional.  I suggest you use it if you’re going to make your lists public.  Forget it if you’re keeping them private.
  • Choose public or private option.  I keep my lists private because I don’t want people to see who’s on what list, what I named them, or that they’re not listed at all.  That’s up to you.
  • Click “Save”.

Wha-la–you’ve created a list.  Now, Twitter will direct you to a page where you can search for people to add to your list.  If you’ve got a couple hundred followers, this would be a pain in the ass.

This is the easier way to sort people into your lists:

  • Make all your lists first.
  • Once they are made, go back to your home page.
  • Click on the “Following” link on the right side of the page.
  • All the people you follow on twitter will be listed.  To the right of their name and latest tweet is a big green “following” button (which allows you to unfollow if you click it) and beside that a little list icon.  Click on the list icon.
  • The drop down allows you to check box any lists you’d like that person to appear on.  So, if you have someone who is an author buddy but also an industry resource, you can put them on both lists if you like…but you’ll be looking at their tweets twice.  So I suggest not doing that.

Now, when you go back to your home page, click on lists and choose a list from the drop down.  The tweets below will be only from those people you have added to that list.  If you want to move from author buddies and see what’s going on in the publishing industry, choose a different list and your screen is populated with different peeps.  For those whiners you don’t want to hear from … just don’t add them to a list (or you could make a list for whiners…although, why? I couldn’t guess).  And wha-la, you’re still following them, but you don’t have to see them.

You can create lists in a very similar way on TweetDeck.  If anyone is interested in that, I can go through the steps in another post…but this is getting long.

Following Others

I used to only follow others who interested me.  That’s what Twitter is about, right? Finding others you connect with and form a relationship?  Or is it about networking?  Which is a little different than the prior description.  Or is it both…plus more?  Only you can decide.

But let me tell you why I switched from following 10% of my peeps to following 99% of those peeps.  I read an article written by Author Jody Hedlund (another awesome author to follow on Twitter @jodyhedlund): Ten Twitter Blunders Writers Make.  In this article, she talks about one of those blunders being people not following others back.

Her reasoning spoke to me:

Joan, I think NOT following back on Twitter leaves an impression with others that you’re uncaring or too good for them. Especially as a published author. We really do want to be approachable and friendly.

I’ve found following people back to be very rewarding. I think people begin to see you as friendlier, they interact more, and in the long run we can develop a wider spectrum of connections and friendships, and we never know how those relationships can mutually benefit one another.

I also think it can help in the promotion of our books, especially the snowball effect. People are drawn to authors who are friendlier and willing to relate. I know I’ve personally been turned off to buying books of authors who don’t take the time to follow me back and connect with me on twitter.

And then there are readers on Twitter. Writers are readers too. But non-writing readers want to connect. And I want to connect with them.

So think about following your followers and then putting everyone into lists so your Twitter is organized instead of pulling-you-hair-out chaotic.

I can tell you that since I’ve started following my followers (even though they aren’t in my lists), my numbers of followers grows several everyday.  Definitely a networking situation.  Not all of them are quality peeps, and I don’t follow anyone remotely dicey or where we have no interests in common.  But just by following followers I went up in new follows by nearly 100 in a matter of days, maybe a week.  It’s a “people know people” type of thing.

Differentiate Between Twitter and Facebook

I first read this from another author a few months ago, and it make perfect sense — spread your marketing strategies around.  Then read it again recently in a blog from a friend of mine who is a PR person by trade and a writer by night.  And I agree with their philosophies, even if I’m not quite sure how to implement it yet.

Create different content for Facebook and Twitter.  Each application has it’s strengths and to get the most out of your social media time, it’s best spent diversifying.

Consider your Facebook friends and your Twitter followers.  Lost of doubles there, right?  People who follow you on both?  So why post the same information in both places?  Then those fans are just reading your stuff twice.  Boring, repeative, annoying, actually.

Get creative.  Focus on Facebook for one type of communication and on Twitter for another.  For instance, since Facebook is better at threading ongoing conversations about a particular topic, maybe those statements/questions are saved for Facebook.  And since Twitter is so immediate and intimate, maybe quips about how your day is progressing or a funny incident at the store or the latest milestone in your writing could be shared here.  How you split up the content doesn’t matter.  But if you diversify your content instead of duplicate, I believe you’ll not only 1) be providing your followers with better quality information, but also 2) get more crossover between Facebook followers and Twitter peeps.

Another good article on this topic here: Sync Twitter and Facebook?

This is going to be a two-part Twitter topic.  So next time, I’ll be talking about the nitty gritty of getting down and dirty with Twitter: RTs, @replys, who you’re reaching with each, trimming/formatting tweets, producing quality tweets every time, threads and more!

If anyone wants to share their bio and photo on the comments page, I’m happy to look at it, see if we need to tweak it a little or if it’s right on.  And feel free to ask questions about this topic.

I’ll also bring in those warm fuzzie stories for the next post as well.


Joan Swan is a triple RWA® Golden Heart finalist, and a double Kiss of Death Daphne Du Maurier finalist. She writes sexy romantic suspense with a paranormal twist, and her first novel, FEVER, debuts with Kensington Brava April, 2012.

Currently, she works as a sonographer at a one of the top ten medical facilities in the nation, and lives in magnificent wine country on the central coast of California with her husband and two daughters.

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68 responses to “Master Tweeting for Authors”

  1. admin says:

    Great Post, Joan! Thanks!

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  2. Jeannie Lin says:

    Who’d have thunk there was so much to Tweeting!

    I just jumped in and learned as I went along. I had to Google what the periods (.) and the hashtags (#) all meant!

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    • Elisa Beatty says:

      I think I know what the hashtags mean, but what *do* the periods mean???

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      • Joan Swan says:

        Elise,

        The only “meaning” I know of for the periods is for the beginning of a post. This is covered in the next blog on tweeting, but here’s a quickie:

        If I send a tweet like:
        Everyone should follow my buddy @Elise, she’s awesome!
        All my followers get that tweet.

        If you respond:
        @joanswan Thanks for the mention!
        Because you started the tweet with the @ sign, only the people who follow BOTH you AND me will see the message. (Think of it as subsets in math – remember in grade school the two circles that intersected and created a third group? That third group is the the only population that would see this post.)

        If you respond:
        .@joanswan Thanks for the mention!
        All your followers AND all my followers will see the post.

        I use this for posts like:
        .@ChristinaDodd’s printable booklist is updated. It’s sorted by genre & series & includes 2011 releases. http://tinyurl.com/49qgaro

        I could have just used Christina’s name, (Christina Dodd’s printable…etc.) but without her “handle”, the @ChristinaDodd, she wouldn’t have seen the RTs message and her followers wouldn’t have seen that I retweeted it.

        Anyone else have “meanings” for the period?

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    • Joan Swan says:

      Hi Jeannie,

      I did the same, jumped in and learned as I went. Most of my knowledge came from watching what others did. Most of the more recent changes in the way I do things came from realizing what I didn’t like about other tweets, what made me skip over them instead of read them and making sure I didn’t do that.

      Thanks for commenting.

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  3. Wow, great information, Joan!

    I’ve been Twitter-shy, though I have an account. The hashtags really throw me. I’m learning by observing right now, but have my account and hopefully will be ready to jump into the pool soon. I’m going to print this out and digest it all over time. In the meantime, I’m happy to have the account and cover all my media bases (or at least a lot of them – there are so many tools out there for authors these days!).

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    • Joan Swan says:

      Hi Anne Marie,

      It is a lot to digest. A lot to think about. I figure if I’m going to put myself out there, I may as well try and put my best foot forward, so I try to learn how to do that.

      These are all just suggestions, either mine or from others whose ideas seemed valid or that I implemented and had good experiences with.

      Good luck!

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  4. Elisa Beatty says:

    What a great and helpful post, Joan!! I’m going to have to save this one.

    I’m still Twitter-shy, but things you say here are helping me conquer my fear and see the usefulness of this medium. Thanks!!

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    • Joan Swan says:

      One thing at a time. No point in being there if you’re not going to use it. It should be fun, not a burden.

      Look forward to chatting with you when you’re there.

      🙂

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  5. Amanda Brice says:

    Great post, Joan. I still haven’t joined Twitter, but I know that needs to change.

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  6. Joan Swan says:

    Hi Amanda,

    Twitter can be very social, it can be very promotional, it can really be whatever you make it. But it also has to be the right time. It’s not the most important element of marketing, either. Gotta work your way down the list. Which reminds me … I should be updating my website instead of spending so much “fun” time on Twitter!! 🙁

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  7. I completely agree with the “not following back” thing. To me it is arrogant and rude. When I see a tweeter who has 1200 followers yet only follows 100, that gives me a very good impression of just how self important that person thinks herself.

    Maybe I’m wrong and there is a reason behind it, but that is my thought for the moment. hahaha

    This post is fantastic and much appreciated! I am still learning all the Twitter quirks and such, especially when it comes to hashtags, so this will definitely help!

    Thanks, Joan!
    ~D~

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    • Wow, that sounded very caustic. I really didn’t mean it that way. Sorry! I’m actually in a very good mood. Hahaha.

      I’ll try to be nice now.

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    • Joan Swan says:

      You didn’t sound caustic at all!

      It’s a wobbly topic for me at the moment. When I wrote this post, I had indeed, followed all my followers and increased my following.

      I’ve been settling in with that scenario for a couple months now. But I’m not particularly thrilled with all of the “crap” postings I’ve gotten from others RTing everything under the sun, posting every contest known to man, etc. I went through my lists, checked recent posts and unfollowed spammers (who I didn’t know were spammers at the time), contest junkies, minutia chatterers and inactive accounts.

      Yes, I have the lists set up, but I guess it annoys me that I’m giving that “noise” a voice. Then again…does a voice actually make a sound if no one is there to hear it?

      I read another perspective recently, where the writer said that when they go to a person’s page and see they follow 3000 some people and have 3000 some followers, he wondered how important he would really be to that person. Because we all know no one can actually “follow” and read that many people’s updates, he concluded that person is using lists and probably not interested in his tweets anyway.

      I guess that has some merit. But, also a little tweaked.

      Honestly, I’m not sure how I feel on this topic at the moment. They both have valid points. Do you risk looking self-absorbed by only following people who you truly want to converse with or do you risk looking like you’re out to gain the most followers and follow back willy nilly?

      I don’t know. Thoughts?

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      • Hmmm, good point. Maybe I’ll still be selective, but I’ll follow back more people than what I am now.

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      • Excellent points! And when someone follows me, I go to their profile and see what they are posting. If it is marketing or spam type stuff, I def do NOT follow. But I think most people follow me out of genuine interest.

        I guess I got this attitude when I learned that some authors will follow you, wait until you follow them, and then unfollow you to up their stats. I just find that bizarre. Most people don’t have that large of a gap, (ie, followers: 1200, following: 100). If it is something like 300/100, that’s different. You are being selective, which is completely understandable.

        But I agree with the other points as well. It’s hard to know just what to do.

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        • *Gasp* Really? I had no idea that people do that. How bizarre and sneaky.

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        • joan swann says:

          Wow, I didn’t know that! That’s actually not the smartest move because people will just unfollow if you aren’t interesting or interested. What a lot of people still don’t get is that twitter is about relationships and community, not hard core sales/marketing. If you play games, you’re going to look bad.

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  8. Heather Snow says:

    You are a goddess, Joan…

    Thanks!

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  9. Even though I follow you, Joan, I happened to see someone else tweet this blog link first, so I clicked because it sounded interesting. Aw, thank you for the shout out regarding my Twitter bio.

    This is such great information! I haven’t been utilizing lists much, so that’s why I haven’t been following back everyone. But that always felt weird and arrogant too–I just couldn’t figure out how to not get clogged down with a zillion tweets. But if I do lists and pay attention to them rather than the All Friends column on Tweetdeck, it totally solves this problem.

    Because I’ve been torn about using my book cover image vs. my actual headshot too, I examined how I personally react to people with and w/o their pics. I follow a new author who used to use her headshot and I’d comment back and forth with her sometimes. However, now that she’s using her book cover image, I’ve found that it psychologically puts a barrier between us. I’ve noticed that I’m hardly ever talking with her anymore. Visually, she seems no different than businesses I follow. Seeing an actual face makes it feel like I’m talking to that person.

    Great info, Joan!!! Now, I’m off to make some lists, follow back more people, and feel better about myself, thanks to you.

    xooxo
    Laurie

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    • What a good point, Laurie! I have been planning to change my bio pic back to my image for that very reason. I’ve noticed the same thing. Also, to me when a person changes her image a lot, I get lost. I will have no idea who she is so I stop paying attention to her posts. In this case, I think consistency is wise.

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    • Tamara Hogan says:

      I’m visually oriented, and I find it confusing and annoying when Twitter users change their pictures/avatars from the one consistent visual I’ve come to associate with their Twitter name to something else.

      I follow authors, not their books. Don’t make me work too hard to recognize you; data is scrolling by at too fast a pace as it is.

      As a data point, I use Twitter but not Facebook.

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      • joan swan says:

        I’m the same way, Tamara. When someone changes their image it takes me a while to associate the person with the new pic. And I also agree w you and d that I like faces so I feel like I’m talking to a person, but I also love seeing new covers, so I’m torn on this.

        Bottom line is that if some is personable and informative and maybe I can find their pic elsewhere like their website, it probably won’t keep me from sticking with them.

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    • joan swan says:

      Lists are awesome and your bio is a perfect example!

      🙂

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  10. Shea Berkley says:

    Okay, I know I’ve said I’m gonna do it, but I haven’t. Not twitter or facebook. Oh heck, I don’t even have a blog. Lame, huh? But I’m a little scared because I get distracted so easily and if you follow everyone who follows you, then how would you ever get any writing done? I just don’t get how people have the time. I’m jealous that others seem to be able to do it all.

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    • Tweetdeck and lists have helped me with this a lot, Shea. Now I pay attention only to those I want to. (Well for the most part) I admit, I’m not much of a tweeter. I focus much more on FB for PR and such, but I do use it and I’ve received some great feedback and made some awesome connections through it.

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    • Plus, like Joan mentioned, Twitter is sooo real time. I’ve found out things on Twitter before I’d normally find out about them. (Ie: One of my author-heroes giving away my book on her blog. Finding out my book sold to Aus. Finding out who the other authors were in an anthology I’m in–and this was before I even knew I could announce the sale!)

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      • joan swan says:

        Very real time. Very intimate. And fun. It feels off-the-hip and authentic. The information stream is unbelievable. Ability to chat with people you would otherwise never chat with, amazing.

        The other day christina dodd retweeted something I tweeteed and I had a totally silly fangirl moment. Wanted to tweet to say…omg cd rtd me…but couldn’t because she follows me and how dorky would that be? Yeah, okay, within my dorky range but still…you get the point.

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    • joan swan says:

      Shea,

      Warning: twitter is addicting. But worth whatever limits you have to put on yourself to manage it.

      I’ve learned so much from other writers, savvy marketing gurus and even met the two nyt bestsellers who blurbed my debut on twitter: larissa ione and stephanie tyler. Absolute dolls.

      Have I lost writing time to twitter? Absolutely. Has it been worth it? Absolutely.

      Let me know when you’re out there!

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  11. Laurie Kellogg says:

    What an informative post, Joan. Thank you. I haven’t gotten started on Twitter, but I’m hoping to dip my big toe into that pond soon. I saw a great blog on Social Media etiquette this morning. http://www.chrisbrogan.com/socialmediaetiquette/ It’s worth checking out.

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  12. Diana Layne says:

    I think I lost brain cells reading this, but I’m going to print it out and study it diligently! I’m sure I’ll eventually get this Twitter thing (and hope there’s no other new social media by the time I figure it out…oh, wait, there’s still good reads, isn’t there? And I haven’t even signed up for that! lol) Thanks for the info!

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    • Joan Swan says:

      OM Gosh, Diana, don’t get me started on Goodreads! I just don’t know what to do about that site…but I’ll save that dilemma for another post.

      And this was sorta, kinda meant to be an advanced use of Twitter post, cause these aren’t the basics at all. Twitter can be very simple or you can take it further. That’s the fun — tailor it to fit you!

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  13. Kim Law says:

    FANTASTIC post, Joan!!! Really great. Thanks so much for pulling all this together. Can’t wait for the next one!

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  14. I signed up for twitter a few months ago & am still learning so thank you for this post! I look forward to part 2.

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  15. Joan, Great post. I have a twitter account but honestly I’m lost in that big room. I try hard to follow conversations but it’s like they’re all speaking a different language. Is there a rosettastone packet for twitter?

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    • Joan Swan says:

      Autumn,

      I hear you. It was so hard to follow the linear posting for me at first. The lists help a lot — that way you have different people separated into groups and can follow responses easier.

      Also, the next post is more of a “how-to” that will probably help too.

      Since there are so many people here who aren’t on Twitter but are thinking about it, or new to Twitter, I’m going to scout up some “beginning Twitter” links!

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  16. Thanks so much for this Twitter tutorial, Joan! I have an account but I use it sporadically ’cause I’m not down with all the lingo/tech stuff. Of course, I’m a lot more savvy now, thanks to you!

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    • Joan Swan says:

      Hi Vanessa,

      I know how that can be. At first it’s kind of fun just to “look around” and see what’s happening. Get the “lay of the land” so to speak. I think the next post will help a lot.

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  17. Thanks, Joan, for excellent Twitter tips, and for de-mystifying “lists” for me. Your point about using the different social media venues coincident with the message is spot on. It reminded me of my marketing class in college long ago where we studied why certain products were best marketed via TV, radio, or print. I think that can be extrapolated to today’s social media. Appreciate the advice! -Valerie

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    • Joan Swan says:

      Absolutely, Valerie. Twitter is marketing, but I look at it as more networking. And there are definitely better uses for Twitter vs. Facebook vs. your blog vs. your website…etc. etc. I’m not knowledgeable enought to know more than what I’ve read, but it sure makes sense.

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  18. Okay, question. What does it mean lists following you?

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    • Joan Swan says:

      I’m not sure about lists following *you*, but you can follow other people in lists, as mentioned in the post. You can separate your friends into one list, authors into another list, etc. and look at just their tweets at one time when you look at that list.

      If you are *listed* by someone else, it means they have put you on a list — a public list, I’m pretty sure. You can make your lists public or private. If you make them public and you place someone on that list, Twitter keeps track of how many lists your on.

      Does that help?

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  19. Gwynlyn MacKenzie says:

    Someday I may do Twitter, but does that make me a Twit? Okay, just kidding. Truth is, being a total novice, the whole deal seems overwhelming. So, since it’s all Greek at this moment, I’ll bookmark it for future reference if ever I summon the nerve to take the plunge. With this as back up, maybe I’ll feel more like I’m scuba diving and less like I’m drowning.

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  20. Joan,

    Great info, Joan. Something I needed. May I share info from your post today as long as I give your credit?

    Thanks,
    Linda

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  21. Sherry says:

    Hi Joan!

    With my release coming up in July, (Storyteller, In Our Words, Inc) I have to think ‘beyond’ Romance & Beyond, Wildflower, my website and memberships. I’m geeky, but it’s my own personal brand of geeky–not computer geeky at all! I thought my next move might be Facebook, but you’ve given me something else to consider. Not sure how I feel about that, LOL. Kidding aside, it’s good to know the options and be informed, even though I might feel I’m drowning in information at times. This article is clear and concise and I don’t feel like I need to come up for air – the apprehension I felt going in dissipated. I’m in the kiddie pool. Yay! I can do this! Looking forward to part two.

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    • Joan Swan says:

      Hi Sherry,

      It can feel overwhelming at first. And there is nothing wrong with Facebook – many swear by it. But for you, with your two blogs and your upcoming releases, I think you’d get a better overall communication boost from Twitter. Of course, my advice would be to do them at the same time, get Tweetdeck and update both with one click…but that’s me. Let me know if you want help getting started!

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  22. I am printing this out and studying it in detail! Thank you so much for the great information! I’ve been trying to figure out what to do on twitter and it has been giving me a headache. This really helps. 🙂

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    • Joan Swan says:

      Hi Rebecca,

      Twitter can do that. Those links I posted are good for some beginning tips and the link Laurie posted for Chris Brogan is really good on do’s and don’ts – I looked it over yesterday and retweeted the link.

      I think the next post I put up on posting info will help too.

      Good luck!

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  23. Robin Hillyer Miles says:

    I have lists but when I go to put people on a list some of the items are on there multiple times.
    Author
    Author
    Author
    Travel
    Travel
    Travel
    Travel

    I’ve tried to delete the extras in Twitter but always get an error. I’ve gone in and taken everyone off the problem list name and then tried to delete but I get an error. It’s driving me bonkers.

    Do you have a fix for me?

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  24. […] So we’re back to Twitter again, huh?  If you missed the first post, you can find it HERE. […]

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  25. Lisa Catto says:

    Hey Joan,

    Thanks for the link love! This is a fantastic blog post. I’m still wading through my Google Reader and have fallen far behind. Great advice in the comments too!

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  26. andrew says:

    excelent post in my case i use this tutorial for start on twitter
    http://techplanet7.com/how-to-create-a-twitter-account/

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