Sunday, April 4, 2010

Twitter 202

Special Guest pic By  Krista Davis


What do I Tweet?

Me, me, me becomes as tiring on Twitter as it does in person.  Write your tweet in terms that make it beneficial or interesting to others.

#writing #writers #author @MosbyWriter uses 5 easy steps to develop characters.  http://TinyUrlToMyBlog

Tooting horn Toot someone else’s horn.

#author of Dead Wrong @MosbyWriter made the Independent Mystery Bookstore Bestseller list!

Plug someone else’s blog.

I’m over the moon about review of Dead On by @SmartPerson http://SmartPerson’sUrl

Still nervous?  Start by retweeting other people’s tweets!  Everyone loves to be retweeted because that’s how word spreads.

Ack!  All these people want to follow me.  Should I ignore them?

No!  That’s how we grow our followers.  We want to reach new people. We want to reach people we don’t know.  Follow them back.

Someone followed me and then unfollowed me.  What’s that about?

Some people want to build their follower list, but they don’t want to follow you.  They follow you, then soon after, they unfollow you.  I’m sorry to say that some of them are writers.

Here’s another little fact you need to know about Twitter.  There are limits on how many people you can follow in twenty-four hours.  If you are following too many more people than are following you, you can’t  follow anyone else until your ratio evens out.  Of course, that means you want to get rid of the deadbeats who pretended to follow you.  I’ve tried several methods and, in my opinion, TwitterKarma is still the best.  You can see who is following you and dump the others.

This should suggest to you that it’s polite Twitter etiquette to follow back.  Chances are that Oprah, who, at the time this was written, had 3,274,882 followers and was following a mere 19 people, will not follow you.  Most people, dogs, cats, and squirrels will follow you, though.

What if it’s a porn follower?

Spam You can block anyone from following you.  You can also report spam.  All with a simple click.

I don’t have time for all this.  Why am I doing this again?

To reach readers.  To promote your brand.  I read recently that one ought not spend more than ten minutes a day reading social media, or more than another ten minutes a day responding to and sending social media messages.  That’s where Twitter is fabulous.  You only have 140 characters.  There’s only so much you can say.  It shouldn’t take more than ten minutes to send out your message.  The whole point is to bring people to your website and your blog, thereby acquainting them with your books and you as an author.

Facebook_logo Plus, you can link your tweets to Facebook, so your message shows up there at the same time.

I’m not published yet.  What’s in it for me?

Twitter2 Agents and publishers tweet constantly.  Check out #agentsday.  Look up your favorite agents.  Some of them announce query contests.  Some say what they’re looking for.  Some post pet peeves.  They even announce it when they’re attacking the query pile!

If you post useful messages, you’re also getting your name out there. You’ll be collecting followers and when the day come to announce your book, you’ll be that much ahead of the game.

What are lists about?

You can make up your own lists to sort your followers.  They can be public or private.  Other people’s lists are a great way to find new  followers.  I was surprised recently when someone asked to be added to one of my lists.  Believe it or not, there are sites that rate lists. So you can even promote yourself by having the best list of something.
National Bestselling author Krista Davis writes the Domestic Diva Mystery series for Berkley Prime Crime.  Her most recent release is The Diva Paints the Town.  The Diva Cooks A Goose will be in bookstores in December.  Learn more about Krista's books at and visit her at, where she blogs on Saturdays. Follow her on Twitter at @KristaDavis.  She promises to follow you back!


Mason Canyon said...

I'm just catching up from your post yesterday and today and learning alot. Twitter is so new to me, but I do see it's advantages. You've help explain some of the phrases and ways to tweet. Thanks so much.

Nancy J. Cohen said...

This is great, thanks. I'm still unclear on what those days of the week tags mean?

signlady217 said...

Again, some great info. Thanks.

RhondaL said...

Thanks for the great pair of articles, Krista. I'm sure more readers will feel more comfortable about using Twitter now.

Vicki said...

I guess I'm an old fashioned girl...tweeting sounds like a lot of work, yet not as interesting as so many other things I could think of!

Krista said...

I left a message earlier, but it clearly didn't go through. Now that I'm doing it again, it will surely show up.

You're very welcome, Mason, signlady217, and RhondaL!

Vicki, the beauty of Twitter is that it's not a lot of work. Since you're limited to 140 characters, there's only so much you can say!

Nancy, the day of the week tags are excuses to tweet and to find new followers. It's great because it spreads the word and helps everyone find followers. Let's say you wanted to follow other authors. You might tweet something like

#WW shoutout to @KristaDavis @AveryAames @JanetBolin @LornaBarrett

Note that I'm not using commas, which would only waste valuable characters. Now other people can click on any of those names, including yours, and follow them. Plus, you don't have to think of anything clever to say. Your friends and followers will be pleased to see themselves mentioned and to get new followers. Does that help?

~ Krista

Andrea C. said...

Krista - you should write the Twitter for Dummies book - I would buy it! LOL

Andrea C. said...

Krista - you should write the Twitter for Dummies book - I would buy it! LOL

Krista said...

LOL, Andrea! Too late, though, someone already wrote it!