I still get asked what I ‘see’ in Twitter by lots of people, so this post is to try and make them see how it can be so beneficial.
I never ‘got’ Twitter. When I first opened my account a couple of years ago, I never did anything with it as it just seemed so, well…..BORING.
What on earth was it all about?! Endless drones from what people who you’ve never met before are having for their tea/are doing today in the form of ‘status update’ type things such as Facebook? Where is the appeal in that?
Then I realised it is actually a lot more than that, and if you follow your interests it can be great.
Twitter is as interesting as you make it – to ‘open up’ your Twitter feed, get following as many people as you can with the same interests as yourself.
For example in the case of writers, it is exceptionally good. Once your Twitter is up and running, if you have a blog you can link it to Twitter to give your blog a whole new audience.
You can follow people in the writing industry, editors etc and be able to have conversations/comments with influential people who you would never normally have at your fingertips.
You can follow publications and publishing houses you may not have necessarily heard of before.
You can get job vacancies/media openings from places you would not have thought to look, and hear of writing opportunities and get great advice on writing.
You can get all the breaking news, sometimes before it has even hit mainstream media as Twitter is instant, and updating constantly – people can put local happenings onto Twitter before news crews have a chance to be there.
So don’t knock Twitter until you’ve tried it – it’s more than knowing your next door neighbour has had fish for tea, and if you’re a writer and not on it yet, what are you waiting for?!