In the Social Media realm (a very real place so I’ve decided capital letters are required), I’ve gotten comfortable with Facebook, so now I’m trying to get over my fear of Twitter. I’ve had an account for a couple of months and even downloaded a TweetDeck onto my computer. But I think I’ve tweeted a total of 10 times.
Part of my problem is identifying what I think others would find interesting about my life. ‘Got out of bed this morning’ seems a bit of a bore. ‘Had lunch. Salad and a Fiber One bar.’ I could have tweeted that every day for nine months, much to the dismay of my Weight Watcher leader who encourages variety. ‘Eww SNAKE’ would be exciting. But in the garden on my knees fighting weeds, ticks and, evidently, garter snakes, isn’t the time or place I’d think to send a tweet.
I suppose tweeting would be easier if I had a Smart phone. My fear is that the phone will always be smarter than me. Please. I just got my first phone with a camera. Not because that’s what I wanted, but because that’s all that was available. Every time I pick the thing up, I see my fingers pictured on the led display. Still not sure what button makes that happen. I need to read the instruction booklet. You see? Even my not-Smart phone is smarter than me!
The other thing about Twitter is the hashtags. I haven’t quite figured out the code imbedded in that symbol. What does it mean? How do I use it? It’s all a mystery to me. Actually, how the whole internet does what it does seems mysterious and other-worldly to me. But that’s okay. I don’t have to understand the internet to use it. Unfortunately that isn’t the case with Twitter. To navigate that avenue of communication, I need to be able to read the signs and follow the rules of the road.
So for now, I’m not much of a Rockin’ Robin tweeter. Actually I’m more or less mute. Which, I suppose would make me a Dumb Cluck tweeter. Never fear. I conquered FaceBook… Okay, let me rephrase that. What I need to know about FaceBook, I’ve managed to learn. I can do the same with Twitter. Eventually… @anitakgreene
LOL- I know how you feel I finally got brave enough to use tweet deck and it all SO much simpler! And I finally figured out the hashtags. When you friend people on face book create lists- I have fun and writers this separates personal tweets from professional ones in tweet deck- it sounds crazy but I swear it makes life easier.
What does my FB lists have to do with tweeting? I do have lists on FB but only because I like sorting and categorizing. When I discovered I could do that to my list of friends I was in heaven. Annnyyywaaayy…. I’m sure I’ll get it together at some point. I have Kristen Lamb’s books to walk me through the next steps. I’m glad you commented. You give me hope! Thanks so much.
too funny! my daughter doesn’t do twitter, but does facebook. she puts on there, i’m bored. i’m hungry. stuff like that. i tell her this is not twitter, it’s facebook. thanks for bringing a much needed smile to my face on a very stressful day.
Diane, So glad I could give you a smile after a bad day. Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment. Praying that today is better for you. Hugs
I love your website and wish you well as you venture into twitter. I don’t know a lot about twitter either, but I’ve been meeting some interesting people there. Also, when I first started tweeting my sales jumped from 1-2 a day to 100 a day. Not sure if that is the reason, but they happened at the same time.
Now that my book is free I can’t say how tweeting affects it, but it’s something I would definitely suggest all writers do.
Wow! I’m so glad your book has taken off. How wonderful! And thanks for letting me know how much twitter seemed to help. I’ll put more effort into figuring it out sooner rather than later. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting.