I have been using Twitter for several months now and when I first signed up I thought “Huh? What’s the point?” I wondered why anyone would want to read what I’m doing at any given moment. The concept of using 140 characters or less to tell the world via a Twitter Tweet that I was sitting at my computer, getting ready to watch television or just fed my dog seemed like a stupid idea.
Since I had read that using Twitter to promote articles was a good idea, though, I decided to dive into the Twitter world. Well, not dive, but maybe dangle a tentative toe into the Twitterverse and see what happened. While I expected nothing out of my Twitter experience I was pleasantly surprised to discover that Tweeting was actually an interesting addition to my freelance writing promotional tools.
Once I began regularly Tweeting links to articles and content I have written as well as off-the-top-of-my-head quips and thoughts, I began to see the value in microblogging. For those of us who are busy, reading short 140-character blurbs that give you a hint of more (that you may or may not want to read) is a great way to keep in touch with friends and fans and promote your work. Once I started regularly using Twitter, I have found that my page views on the various sites I write for have gone up noticeably.
I have “met” interesting people and discovered fascinating information through Twitter and have found that it has helped me to be more concise with my words. Since I only have 140 characters to say what I want, I choose wisely (although I have on occasion had brain slippage which caused me to Tweet things that did not show off my intelligence).
I use Twitter to promote my own work, say whatever is on my mind at the moment and also to promote the work of friends and other Twitter followers. I believe that I retweet or RT Tweets from people I follow as much if not more than I Tweet my own articles.
When I went on a turkey hunting trip with my 10-year-old daughter this past spring, I used my cell phone and Twitter to keep friends and family up-to-date on our trip.
I used Twitter to update online friends after an inland hurricane hit my area in May 2009. Because I used a Blackberry, I am able to post Tweets from my phone and even though I was without power or Internet for several days after this particular storm, I continued to Tweet and update friends on what was happening – from before the storm began, to during the storm, to several days afterward when my family was cleaning up along with everyone else in my region.
I even once gave a detailed Tweet-by-Tweet account of cleaning off my desk (which I really need to do again) and finding a missing flyswatter and my kids’ baby teeth and everything in between. There was no value for anyone in this particular series of Tweets other than my own amusement and the apparent amusement of others who follow me on Twitter.
Is there any value in using Twitter as a means of connecting and promoting yourself? I believe so and I continue to use Twitter as a great tool for networking and promotion.
You can follow me on Twitter at twitter.com/TamaraLWaters. I follow a number of other Twits on Twitter and some of my favorites are JulieDD, LucindaGunnin, AmyDungan, paulidoodle, Chautumn, suzalicie, TheresaLeschman, writingdivas, and MarilynBoles. Check them out!