Twitter. The word picture is two birds on a hydro line nattering away to each other. They’re saying nothing of value to me, though, as I can’t understand a word of it. And yet, Twitter is a web phenomenon. So much for the lessons I gave on positive and negative connotation when teaching Grade 11 English!
I’ve been on Twitter for real (signing up and doing nothing doesn’t count) for about three months. Through the forest of hashtags and periods, @ symbols and RT-like letters, I’ve wandered and blundered, trying to get a grasp on this exciting way of talking to the world. And it’s been hard. But it has also got my excitement gene running on overtime as I’ve learned about everything from e-publishing to blog signatures.
Being a paper-oriented learner (I remember moving from the slate to the notebook, and from the quill to ball point pens), I have found cutting and pasting intriguing articles to my word processor a great way to organize my finds. To date I have fifty-six pages of my very own list of resources found on Twitter. Here are some of the subjects:
1. Writing to the Rules
2. How to write my own bio
3. Several on self-publishing
4. How to Develop Characters
5. Volumes of stuff about Twitter
6. Search Engine Optimization or how to actually be noticed on the web
7. How to write a Synopsis of your book
Every day my list gets longer. Countless people have free helpful articles they are only too anxious to give to me. Through the magic of e-mail, receiving is a click away.
And so, my answer to those who denigrate (just had to use that great word!) Twitter is simply to ignore them. For me, where I am–building my writing knowledge–Twitter is amazing. Come visit me @ElaineCougler. Oh, and the ‘Twit’ reference in the title? Another word whose meaning has changed.
What writing finds have you discovered on Twitter? Did you have a love/hate relationship with Twitter? What other social media work for you? Feel free to comment.