On July 22, 2016 I blogged “10 Things I’ve Learned about Twitter.” Since then, I’ve learned 11 more things.
- Twitter should come with an owner’s manual or a teenager to teach those of us in our 60s how to use it.
- I’d still rather be working on my southern historical novel than writing Tweets.
- Twitter continues to be maddening and takes more of my time than I want to give it.
- Some days it seems like Twitter is really just a contest to see who can accumulate the most followers.
- I grow weary of trying to improve my follower : follow ratio.
- There are some things I’d like to Tweet about but I have to be conscious of my author brand.
- The older I get, the more I believe I must show my authentic self if I’m going to project my true brand. (Yes, #7 conflicts with #6.)
- It’s amazing how many followers from Australia I can pick up by Tweeting in the middle of the night in the USA.
- I recently read that you have to manually cut and paste another person’s Tweet in order to retweet it – as well as adding “RT” and the original Tweet author’s username. Who knew? I thought that’s what the “ReTweet” button was for. Hence, the importance of #1 above.
- I’d been on Twitter for months when I learned that you need a “header image” as well as a profile picture. How are you supposed to know that since. . . well, please refer to #1 above.
- Any link you paste into the Tweet box is automatically shortened to 19 characters. I would have known this months ago if. . . well, please refer to #1 above.
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