But. I've discovered something wonderful to ramble on about. Something that I love. And that something is TWITTER.
Twitter (for those of you who don't know) is this very spectacular networking tool. In less fancy terms, it's an amazing way to meet and chat with people who are also amazing in 140 characters or less. I'm not saying whether you should or should not use it; that's up to you and how comfortable you are being on it (believe or not some people are not comfortable on Twitter).
So. Yes. Twitter. I want to tell you things about Twitter. How to use it. How to not use it. How to not bug the hell out of the people nice enough to follow you. I will be using a list.
- If you are tweeting 'via web' you are doing it wrong. The Twitter interface (no offense to the people who made Twitter. You guys are awesome!) is going to drive you insane. Especially if you're following more than a hundred people, all of whom tweet regularly. My advice is to get a Twitter app, my preferred being Tweetdeck. Tweetdeck is really easy to use, and lets you update not only Twitter, but Facebook. Also, it has scheduled tweets, can auto-shorten tweets that are too long and lets you separate different Tweeters into different columns so that not everyone is in one long list together.
- If you are only tweeting links to your own blog, articles and retweeting things that other people have said, you're doing it wrong. People follow other people because they're interested in what they have to say. They're interested in you. A link doesn't say much and what other people say doesn't reflect on you at all.
- If you're not engaging with other people, you're doing it wrong. Reply to peoples tweets. Often times, for me, this is what gets me to follow other people back. You'd be surprised by how many people you come to like through conversations on Twitter. Have conversations. Joke around. Seriously.
- If you're following to get followers, you're doing it wrong. There's this myth that you should autofollow who ever follows you. I don't think it's necessarily true. In my own (humble) opinion, Twitter isn't about followers. It's about connecting. It's about meeting people of like mind. Twitter is no fun if all you have is a really big number to stare at.
I thought I would have a lot more to say, but...yeah. These are the things that really jump out at me. I hope you guys are all having a wonderful first week of June! And that all the good news that has been soaking through the YALit community keeps soaking through!
Now. To find my bed....