Saturday, April 23, 2011

You tweet. I chirp and buzz

I got on twitter last week. 

It's like when Marge Simpson finally tries out the internet, and Lisa tells her: "I'm proud of you, Mom! You're like Christopher Columbus! You discovered something millions of people knew about before you."

I'm sure I'll get the hang of it, but right now I feel confused and inadequate. 

I prefer the long slow trill of a cricket's chirp, or what my friends might describe as a constant droning buzz of a bee. I think of blogging as a short format, and of course twitter reduces it to minuscule.

I think most difficult is being a newbie all over again. I don't like to feel clueless. As the youngest of three kids I always felt a little lost, a little out of the loop, and like I was the only one who didn't get it. 

Now I see that wasn't always the case, but being immersed in something new puts me right back into that feeling: lip-biting, hesitant, and muddled in the brain.

Do you tweet? What twitter tips can you share? What do you like ina tweet? Is it simply a way to connect with your mates in real time, or do you have a bigger twitter goal?


  1. I'd be interested to see the responses you get to this post. I have a twitter account somewhere but I don't use it. Apparently tweeting nothing but quotes is bad but who wants to hear boring updates like 'I'm writing' or 'I'm reading blogs'? I have no idea what content I could bring to the twitter table.
    - Sophia.

  2. For me, twitter has been about connecting with people on a more personal level. That's how I met Hannah, and thank goodness I did. I've also gotten to know Pam and Quita much better that way -- Emy too.

    It's also really good for writing encouragement. If I tweet something about writing, I almost always get a few nice tweets from ppl cheering me on. ;)

    Hashtags are great for that too -- #amwriting is a big one or #amrevising. Ali Cross made her own for #ninowrimo or #ninoedmo.

    I have done writing sprints via twitter before too. Get a buddy, say 30 mins as many words as you can write, go. Then come back and update each other with word counts.

    That got really long. lol But I hope it helps.


    Capitals symbolize earnestness.

    Mm, sometimes I don't know why I'm on Twitter. Sometimes, heck, I don't know why I blog. But it's just a new venue of communication. Twitter was how I came to critique Abby's Prodigal Maggie, and how I came to win a signed poster from Jackson Pearce, and how I found out Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer were married. So it's a good thing.

    It also exposes you to lots of stupid people, if you stumble into the wrong hashtags. It's all how you use it. (: Glad you joined, though!

  4. I just starting tweeting too! Mostly I'm just watching what other people do and trying to decide what kind of tweeter (?) I want to be.

    I notice a lot of people just post random (though interesting) things, some only post news that they think is interesting, some talk to twitter like it's their best friend (kind of weird). Some authors tend to re-tweet many of the comments they get, though I kind of like those authors who just post about their normal everyday life because you get a better sense of who they are and not so much noise about "read my book, it's fantastic!!". Using twitter just for promotion is a turn off actually. If I'm following the person then chances are that I already like what they write, and so do the rest of their fans, so I don't see what the point is to retweet reviews and such. But it's all personal taste, I guess.

    I was kind of disappointed in Anne Rice's tweets though - she seems to post links to every bit of headline news she sees that's of interest to her - and nothing else. Very boring.

    Glad you joined up!!

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  6. I tend to use it for writerly updates or questions (the chats are great) as well as making more personal connections. I also follow a few celebrities that tweet pithy comments, because they amuse me.

    Twitter seems to lend itself to banter, also.

    Reposting this because I forgot my twitter ID: @angelicarjaxon

  7. I think it's great that you're on Twitter. And I'll be excited to hear how it goes. I haven't tried it yet.

  8. Hi Katharine! I've been on Twitter (or as I sometimes call it, The Tower of Babble) since Jan 09 -- and I have a grand total of 34 tweets! So you see how seldom I'm on there. I've actually gone on #kidlitchat but I just read everyone else's tweets. It goes too fast for me to keep up!

    I have the feeling if I actually got on Twitter everyday and read everyone's tweets I'd never get anything done! It's hard enough to keep up with my favorite blogs.

    Someday maybe I'll figure out how to take full advantage of it, but as Angie said, there's too much retweeting and using Twitter for self-promotion. That does turn me off.

    Good luck with it. I'm @booksnbrains

  9. I agree with Holly and Glenna--Twitter is a GREAT way to get to know some really awesome people, and it opens lots of doors. I think a lot of us are still trying to figure it all out. I found these two sites especially helpful when I first started tweeting: Debbie Ohi (@inkyelbows)'s "The Writer's Guide to Twitter" and 100+ Literary Tweets. The first will give you lots of tips and explanations, and the second is a great list of writers who tweet.

    Good luck! And it has been nice to see your smile on Twitter lately! :)

  10. I still don't get Twitter. But good luck anyway, KO.

    I've awarded you the Versatile Blogger award. Come by to pick it up!

  11. As newbie on Twitter myself, I'm still figuring it out. But stole a great post from a friend that has some good tips:

    I you follow me, I promise, no matter how proficient I become, not to Tweet every time my tummy rumbles.

  12. this is all really helpful, thanks peeps!

    and I hear you Sophia- I've read a lot of advice about what not to tweet, and I guess it's about
    a. finding my "twitter voice"
    b. communicating in a more immediate way with writing buddies.

    Talk about a work in progress.

  13. I'm a useless twitter-er. The only activity I have on there is stuff linked up from other sites, i.e. my GoodReads "currently reading" books get added to Twitter automatically, etc. ;)

  14. Great post, I really enjoyed the responses you got! I haven't taken the twitter plunge yet, waiting until I finish my draft because I am afraid it will take up too much time :) It looks like fun though, I would love to hear more about how you are getting on.


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