When I first heard of Twitter.com, I could not imagine why I would want to use it. Several writers I know dragged me into it, and after a few weeks, I began to see its value. Here are just a few reasons why writers should use Twitter:
1. Train yourself to write a complete thought in a concise 140 characters or less. (Bonus points for correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation!) Ruthlessly pare messages to their essential core. Twitter will have you writing like Hemingway in no time.
3. Promote your writing, your blog, your books, your brand. Just remember to keep the “social” in social media. Don’t act like you’re wearing a sandwich board 24/7. That’s boring!
4. Procrastinate. Twittering lets you look like you’re doing something productive.
5. Glean article and story ideas from recent tweets; discern trends. @ reply to interested Twitterers (Twits?) when posted or published.
6. Learn from others. Keep an eye out for useful, topical articles, books, and posts promoted by others. Read, read, read…and comment. Remember to re-Tweet generously, and others may do the same for you!
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