T is for Twitter

Tweet tweet tweet! No that isn’t a bird. It’s me! On Twitter! (That made me think of those posters… “This is your brain on drugs” lol)

Day 20 (Oh my goodness, day 20!) of the A to Z Challenge is about Twitter and how I use it as a writer! (Click here for a list of all the topics)

T is for Twitter

When I first made an account on Twitter, I had no idea what it was or how it worked and I thought it was stupid and I tweeted about it being stupid and then I went back to Facebook. Great start.

About a year later, I went back on Twitter and set out to learn how to use it. (Not that it is really that difficult…) I followed all the famous people I liked and the few friends that also had accounts, then I started to realize that there was a large community of writers that I could be following. So I followed and followed until Twitter yelled at me. Okay, Twitter didn’t yell, but they did stop me from following anyone else. (Apparently 2000 is the limit until enough people follow you!) I discovered ManageFlitter (a website that you can use to unfollow inactive accounts) and I started culling my list so that I could continue to follow more people.

At about this point, I was getting thoroughly fed up with my homepage feed. I was following way to many people and I found it hard to actually connect with any one person because tweets were loading like crazy all day long from 2000 people! So I started looking into how to manage your Twitter feed and discovered lists.

Lists are awesome. I have my friends and family list (my least active list, apparently Twitter isn’t very popular among the people I know in RL) and my famous people list (which I really don’t look at very often). My favourite list though is my “Writers I Watch” list. Yes, I know that sounds really creepy. This list is of other writers that I interact with more often and enjoy the tweets and retweets that they post. It is in constant flux. I delete people when I am no longer interested in their tweets (ei they tweet constantly “BUY MY BOOK” or similar things) and I am always adding new people that I want to interact with more. Mostly, the list has grown and grown. I add more people than I delete.

Eventually, once I have released a book or something, I will make a readers list which will be a list of my readers! (Obviously)

Do you enjoy using Twitter? And what kind of lists have you made?

P.S. Follow me on Twitter here!

About the author

Leetah Begallie

Leetah is a writer and graphic designer who lives on Vancouver Island in Beautiful British Columbia. She enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time with her husband (Matt), her dog (Isla), and her three pet rats (Avi, Lily, and River).

She writes mostly fantasy but enjoys tying in other genres to her stories.

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