Wednesday, March 09, 2011

You Are What you Tweet

I used to hate Twitter.

A lot.

I'm serious about this.

I once said if Twitter were a person, I'd punch it in the face. And then I'd kick it 17 times while it's down. After that, I'd locate the nearest burlap sack, stuff Twitter inside, weigh it down with bricks, and throw it into the Laurentian Abyss.

The concepts of "tweet" and "retweet" and allowing stupid 140-character messages to replace, oh I don't know, actual thought and discourse alarmed me.

Text messages on steroids.

Despicable. Distasteful.

But you know what? I was wrong about Twitter. If it were a person, I'd take it out for lunch...my treat.

I don't have many followers...I'm working on it...but Twitter is an incredible tool for writers. You can reach hundreds of people with a simple, short message. New blog post? Share it. Read a great blog post? Share it. Story accepted? Share it. Story rejected? Share it.

I know, I know. This is 2008-era stuff that people a lot smarter than me learned a long time ago. What I have to say is nothing revolutionary, least of all to those who are already on "the Twitter."

But if you know a writer who isn't taking advantage of Twitter, hit them.

Hit them hard.

If they're too shy to tweet, Twitter is still too valuable to overlook or stubbornly ignore. Writers can get a feel for individual agents, discover valuable blog posts from other writers struggling in this crazy business, and find outlets for their work.

Twitter will grow on them...maybe like a festive moss, but it will grow on them. Pretty soon, they'll discover things like hashtags and Writers Wednesday. They'll overcome that shyness and begin to make connections and build a sense of community.

So don't punch Twitter in the face.

Embrace it...and encourage others to do the same.

4 comments:

Chris Vanasdalan said...

It's so great to hear that you've come around Matt. I too once hated this thing called Twitter and wanted to punch it in the face. Now that I've embraced it, I want to help it train to be an elite assasin capable of taking down facebook (which I do find relatively useless compared to Twitter.)

It would have pained me to say it a year ago, but I'm a better writer, smarter and more informed since embracing Twitter.

Studicus said...

I don't hate Facebook...it's good for keeping in touch with family...but as a tool, Twitter is much, much more effective.

kathleen said...

You are right on Matt! I'm new to Twitter and,like you,was initially repulsed. There's still tons to learn but well worth the effort. It's all about making meaningful connections~which you have done in this post. Thanks for sharing!

Matt said...

Kathleen...

Thanks for commenting! I'm still in the initial stages of "becoming one with the Twitter," but I am slowly making progress!