More and more often I hear people say they don’t use Twitter because they can’t say what they want to say in 140 characters. What these folks don’t understand is that all you need to do is intrigue the reader enough to click on a link which you provide. There they can read all you wanted to say. Be it information about favorite movies, books, sports events or simply sending them to read a blog filled with information. Or you can link them to an interesting article you found online.
The way you tell them what sort of information they will find is by using hashtags. Now what in the world good could a hashtag do? It can do lots of things. Ever watch the news in the morning and they say something is trending using a certain hashtag. Everyone who wanted to post something on this particular subject, maybe a breaking news story, uses that hashtag provided on the news story. Then you and everyone who wants to exchange viewpoints on that subject can go into Twitter, and using that hashtag find everything posted on the
I am not posting this as an authority on using Twitter. I’m not. I’m just beginning to use it and understand the value. As an author, since I became active there, my sales have picked up quite well. And while on that subject, I do not use Twitter to promote my books every time I post. I share information, stuff readers might appreciate knowing, and once a week I share something about one of my books. I still don’t know how to hunt for specific hashtags, but that’s on my list of something to learn.
And you know what? Having something new to learn on your list every day keeps you educated, keeps you up with world events, local events, things that are happening to specific people you are interested in, and best of all keeps you young. There is so much in this world anymore, without social media a lot of important news slips through the cracks. News stations no longer cover anywhere near what we all want to know. But you can count on someone out there to have read something new, interesting, different, scary, fun, etc., and then they share it on social media.
So unless you want to be the one everyone thinks lives under a rock, open yourself up to new experiences. Be a wise old bird. Twitter should definitely be one of your daily encounters. Limit your time there just as you do on Facebook or games or anything else.