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Twitter tips: #181
March 01, 2015

Call it a clan, call it a network,
call it a tribe, call it a family.
Whatever you call it, whoever you are,
you need one.

--Jane Howard

In this issue:

1. Twitter tips
2. Tickled my funnybone
3. Interesting Web site

1. Twitter tips
Keeping my eye open for writers who seem to use Twitter to advantage, I came across Toby Stone who agreed to share his best Twitter tips. Two of Toby's tips involve lists. Here is a link about one way lists can relate to marketing. There are others. I'll let you search for those on Google for now.

Toby's focus here is on marketing. Stay tuned for other uses for Twitter. Here are Toby's tips:

Being a writer has always seemed to me to be like the largest set piece in the Lord of the Rings, the Battle of Pelennor Fields. Amongst the clamour and throng of voices and styles, it is almost impossible to make your work heard. In effect, Twitter helps you speak en masse, to be the Rohan riders all crying out at once. You do this by making contacts, by finding people who will champion your work. How to do this is an evolving process for me, but at the moment my work will reach several hundred thousand accounts a day. Every day, my approach may evolve, as social media does, but to date, here's a nibble-size tip list:
  • The number of followers you have is important only in that it allows you to follow more people.
  • Follow as many as you can without rule-breaching. New followers are more likely to interact with you than current followers.
  • Be unfailingly mannered. In cyberspace, nobody will listen to you vent your spleen.
  • If someone retweets you, repay the favour and do it again in the future. This could develop into a retweeting relationship.
  • Lists, lists, lists. I'd tell you why, but I wouldn't want to give away all my secrets, would I?
  • Also; lists.


2.Tickled my funnybone
I did a theatrical performance about puns. It was a play on words.


3. Interesting Web site
The links that follow are to Toby's Twitter account and his Web site.

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