Discussion: Twitter Usage

As a blogger I resisted joining Twitter for a long time but over the years I’ve actually found it quite worthwhile (thanks so much to Mark from The Masquerade Crew for convincing me).  It’s let me connect with authors and fellow readers in much more meaningful ways than I initially thought it would.  I’ve used it as both a promotion tool for my posts as well as a way to quickly bug my favourite indie authors about when their next book is coming out.

But what I want to discuss is this: If you use Twitter, how do you use it?  Is it more of a promotion tool or a networking tool?  Both?  Neither?

Let me know in the comments below!


    • Carrie Slager

      I’m definitely mixed with that. Oh, and I haven’t forgotten about you Naila! I contacted the agent who was supposed to distribute your prize but she hasn’t gotten back to me despite repeated emails. I’m so sorry about that. 🙁

  1. patricksponaugle

    I use Twitter for promotion (I guess… I don’t really have a lot to promote, per se) but probably more for networking. And for getting “news” (I’m quoting news, since I follow legitimate news outlets, but also you also get a fallible, miscommunicated, context-free version of the news when person on the street reporting gets retweeted. That’s sometimes of interest. But that’s not really what you’re asking about.

    I recently heard a great podcast about getting started in online Film and TV criticisms, and Twitter was touted as a way to network and be noticed by being part of a conversation with the people you want to network with, who are happening to use Twitter to have these discussions.

    I hope that makes sense.

    Welcome to Twitter, by the way.

    • Carrie Slager

      Oh, I’m not totally new to Twitter. I started tweeting about a year into having my blog at the prodding of Mark. I was just curious about how other people used it.

      Your way of using Twitter is about the same as I use it. It’s a great way to have conversations with likeminded people in a shorter form. For me it’s actually led to my blog getting more followers and myself finding new books from connecting with random authors on Twitter. It’s been very useful to me over the years.

    • Carrie Slager

      That’s a great way to use Twitter. I use it not only to interact with other bloggers but to find new authors I enjoy, especially since so many authors promote their own works using their accounts. It’s a great way to connect with new people.

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  3. cav12

    I use it to promote other authors and some of my work. I also like to interact with others but that hasn’t been happening this year. It has been extraordinary 9 months.

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