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I'm not so sure how I can make it work effectively for me. Especially professionally.
No, I don't have my own Twitter account. I'm not game. Reasons why:
- It's rather short. Rawther. I'm not confident I can squish significant meaning into 140 characters every tweet, and I have no wish to sound trite the rest of the time.
- I'm not impressed with its signal-to-noise ratio. Many tweets seem to be vague three word replies stuck to multiple hashtag conversations. Kind of hard to follow, really.
- The tweets that are interesting usually consist of a tiny url leading to something that is, actually, fascinating (and definitely more than 140 characters). Almost makes Twitter little more than a redirection service. Maybe that's its best use.
- I don't have the timely time to participate in a meaningful conversation. My internet usage is sporadic. By the time I get around to reading Twitter, I'll be woefully out of date. Alas.
- Not convinced it's usefully more than a time-waster and another incarnation of gossip-around-the-watercooler. (On the other hand, word-of-mouth networking (aka "gossip") is useful in the writerly community. Especially if it uses the words "nice deal".)
Though I confess, I sometimes follow a couple of interesting people, sorting through their LOLs and other bits of lopsided conversations to find some really fascinating things. Platform aside, they're charming no matter what social networking medium I read them on.
Also, some people claim it has value. As they have more experience than I with Twitter, I'd love to know how they make it work for them.
Things I would say, if I was tweeting:
- Humour for writers. Ya gotta laugh. http://www.epublishabook.com/?
- Nobody with Internet access has any excuse not to research. Go work on your Google Fu.
- Being a writer means that you are giving permission for someone to misunderstand you.
Everything else I say is long-winded.