Nov 11, 2011

To Tweet or Not To Tweet

First off - Happy 11/11/11.  I hope you get your wish :)

And now, onto more "serious" business.

Disclaimer - I'm teaching Hamlet right now to my Honors kids...couldn't resist. 

To tweet, or not to tweet, that is the the question:
Whether 'tis nobler in the world to blog
The celebrations and sorrows of publication,
Or to micro-blog about the sea of ideas,
And by resisting be obsolete. 

Okay, that's as much as I have right now.  My creative energies really need to go to NaNo.

But seriously - if you tweet, why?  If you don't, why?  What do you find this platform gives you that is different from blogland.

And while we are on the topic, how many of you have an author page on Facebook?  Again, why/why not?

Inquiring minds want to know...


Jenny S. Morris said...

I just started tweeting. For me it does a couple of things. I get to see what fellow bloggers talk about when they aren't composing a post. It's a little more personal. And, I get to see what the agents and authors are out there talking about. You can choose to participate as much or as little as possible. I really like it.

J. A. Bennett said...

I LOVE Twitter it's such and easy way to connect with other writers and a good portion of my pageviews come from Tiwtter. If you want to do some on the spot networking and relationship building Twitter is great for that. I have an author page as well. Twitter is more about meeting new people and making connections and Facebook is more about being seen and getting feedback, so both are good for different reasons.

Susanna Leonard Hill said...

Twitter scares me :) I look at all those hashtags and feel overwhelmed and confused :) Plus, since I already have a website, a FB author page, and a blog, I feel like twitter would be the straw that broke my camel's back! I like blogging, and FB makes sense to me - I feel like I can cope with it. But Twitter - even though everyone raves about it and says how great it is - I just don't think I could handle. I don't have that much to say several times a day, or time to follow people and read their tweets. I am, after all, supposed to be actually writing too! And, as you can see, 140 characters might be beyond me :)

Lillie McFerrin said...

I was afraid of twitter at first, and when I started it was a learning experience. But, I absolutely love it now! It is a fantastic way to meet writers and share ideas or struggles. I also have the FB page, but twitter has been much more rewarding as you can reach a much larger group of people faster!

Dianne K. Salerni said...

I LOVE your Hamlet Tweet knock-off! Perfect!

I was a little intimidated by Twitter at first, and it took awhile to build followers. However, at some point you reach a critical mass and they start to accumulate by themselves.

As you said in your spoof, Tweeting is like micro-blogging. It puts you briefly in contact with more people. Occasionally I see a blog topic I want to read more about and will visit a new blog. I can keep tabs on what my agent's other clients are up to -- what new sales the agency has made and what new books my agency sisters and brothers have coming out. And when I'm looking for writers to submit the first page of their manuscript for critique (I do 3 per month on my blog), an all-call on Twitter usually turns up people who are just at the point where they want one.

Donna K. Weaver said...

I like Twitter well enough, though all of the social media formats take a lot of time. Gotta find the right balance of my time.

Brent Wescott said...

You teach Hamlet. I teach Hamlet. I must follow you, I guess. :)

I haven't been able to figure out Twitter. Why to use it. How to use it. I do keep trying though.