Reach readers with Twitter

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If you’re not already a member of Twitter, please head to the nearest computer or mobile device and JOIN NOW! Twitter is a micro-blogging site, that you should update very frequently (at least a couple times a day). Your posts are restricted to 140 characters. Many people think Twitter is pretty ridiculous when they first hear about it, but it is actually one of the greatest tools of social media, especially when self-marketing.

After you open a free account at twitter.com, Twitter asks you a simple question, “what are you doing?” Answer the question, and you just tweeted. To send messages to other Twitter users, you can post, “@username, message…” For instance, “@johndoe, Hey check out my website at [insert site link].” Your friends, family, fans and basically just about anyone can follow your activity (unless you make the profile private, which is not recommended for self-marketing). You can also follow other users by visiting their profile and clicking “Follow.”

On your Twitter profile page you are able to construct a short bio where you should explain your work and list links to your website, blog and other social media sites “Twesume.” http://www.mattselznick.com/2009/01/16/twesume-your-twitter-resume/

Your success of Twitter depends largely on your participating in the Twitter community. Follow users. Post “Tweets”. Make sure your Twitter page is always active and lively. Also, feel free to tweet some personal information, like what you are doing that day. Followers like to feel involved in users everyday activity. You can also tweet about appearances, book signings and other things of public interest.
The larger your Twitter community the better but remember to start following people who you want in your network. Follow other authors and publishers so that you can be involved in their network.

twitterTips on Twitter etiquette:

Begging – DO NOT tweet at people and ask them to follow you. This is one of the most annoying twitter actions a user can make. You should earn your follows, not beg for them.

Spamming – Don’t spam your timeline with tweets only about your book.

Quality, not quantity – Every time you tweet, ask yourself, “will this tweet inform or entertain my followers?” This is a very important point to consider. You don’t want people to start ignoring your tweets.

We could talk about Twitter all day. Although it may sound confusing now, it is very simple to catch on. Sign up today and see for yourself.

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