So this is actually a post on how to use Twitter properly. Which is, as you may have gleaned from the title, not "Shouting into the Void." Twitter is by far my favorite of the social media giants, but I know there are many who don’t share this opinion. I’ve met a lot of authors who complain that it “doesn’t work” or that they “don’t get it.” A lot of these authors are fans of Facebook (my least favorite) and think the same rules apply to using Twitter as an author.
Here are three ways to harness the power of the tweet.
So there you have it. Twitter is great, once you get the ropes down. I personally use Tweetdeck to help manage my feed and schedule tweets. There are some awesome opportunities to be found, and even better people to meet. Be real. Be yourself — trust me, the Twitter army is full of millions of freak-flags flying high. And you’ll recognize some of your own flags there, I promise.
If you want to find Cameron and me on Twitter here are our twitter handles: @VS_Holmes and @CamQuinnBooks. Amphibian Press is @AmphibianPress.
See you there!
*A Word on Trolls and Other Internet Monsters
The internet welcomes everyone. Which is, ultimately, a good thing. But this means that it requires a certain level of awareness to navigate safely. It can be an incredibly dangerous place for certain subsets of humanity. If you are experiencing hate-mail, or see someone who is, block the perpetrator. Don’t retweet the nasty comments, even to show your support for the victim. You can support them without sensationalizing or giving fame to the bully. Don’t engage with those kinds of people and ignore them if you can. If not, the block button works great, no matter how many times you press it. If you are concerned about a real threat, tell people -- real, live, in-your-area, people. If you can safely ask police for help, do so. And, for the love of dog, don’t be a bully yourself.
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