Tweets - what’s good and what’s not

It seems like Twitter has supplanted blogs (to my sorrow, I like blogging quite a bit). And for all I know maybe Tumblr and Pinterest are the cool things now.

I don't have either of those, although I do have a GoodReads account, a Facebook, and a FB author page. And a Twitter account, @aprilhenrybooks. If it weren't for Twitter, I wouldn't have found out some most excellent news a couple of nights ago. I'm waiting for more official confirmation, but until then, here's an article I just read about Twitter.

The Harvard Business Review looked at what makes for a good tweet.

- Random thought
- Self promo
- Question
- Info

Not so good:
- Opinion/complaint
- What I’m doing
- Presence maintenance
- Conversation

Read more about what works best with Twitter here.

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I really need to embrace Twitter and become more active there. It's hard for me to find a balance of being there to be social and being there for an "online presence." The latter seems so self-serving and makes me a bit uncomfortable, yet I understand the opportunities to network.

On another awesome note: My school has stacks of Girl Stolen for the 8th grade literacy unit! (as library assistant, I got to catalog them all. Yay, you! :-)
Twitter frightens me. It's too big, too random, and too time consuming. I don't understand why it exists. :P
Some people love it and say it's just like a cocktail party that you drop in and out of and don't try too hard to follow.
It depends what genre you write.

I recently attended the Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop, for humour writers. Humour writers are still blogging up a storm, and some of them are getting book deals because of them.

Twitter and blogging serve different purposes. Twitter is fine for promotion and those other uses described in the link. Blogging is a way to use your writing voice, form relationships, and find an audience.
I think a lot of people do use Twitter to create relationships. And I met someone yesterday who used Twitter to coordinate "writing sprints" with other writers, where they would all write for 20 minutes at 10 past the hour and then report their totals.