From the messy countertop of the Lazy Housewife...
Tweet! I finally tumbled into Twitter. @Taratylertalks, of course. But as a Twitter Toddler, I need TIPS from YOU! I still feel like I'm at TJ Max, sifting through tons of clothes, looking for that one awesome top! So here are my questions for you Twits (affectionately titled)!Editing Tips
- What is the point of Twitter? The exchange of information, yeah, I know that much. But when I think of something to say, I debate whether to say it on Facebook or Twitter. Facebook seems more informal and Twitter seems more businesslike and advertisey (I like to put y's or ish on things to create my own adjectives, it's fun!)
- I finally figured out that RT = retweet, right? (don't laugh!)
- I am getting a bunch of new followers I don't know - how does that happen? Does my name get put on a "new twitter list?" Am I being suggested to other writers or something? And do I have to follow back?
- Speaking of following, how do I keep track of all the tweets? As I said, there are so many that are just advertisements - here's my book, here's my blog post. Where's the BEEF? Not really sure what I'm looking for and don't have time to sift through it all.
- What is protocol for responding to a tweet? star it as a favorite to "like" it?
- And I am really confused by the whole hashtag thing. Are those just ongoing conversations on specific topics? How do you join those? (or get out of them?) and which ones would you recommend? WTH is #FF??
- But I do have the lowdown on abbreviations - here is a list from A to Z 2011, Nyms (can't believe that was two years ago! IKR!?)
- Oh yeah - follow me if you like! I added social links in the margin for the occasion =)
- don't be rude! the text can wait! talk to the person in front of you!
- don't text and drive, duh! (or tweet or read comments. I admit I'm guilty at stop lights. I hope they install the device that turns off reception in cars when it's in Drive! Remove the temptation!)
- don't be like teens! SET THE EXAMPLE! Show them you care about the world around you and you can limit your screen time! Limit thyself!
that - it's distracting from your beautiful writing, that! over there! find and remove as many as you can. If sentence makes sense without it, delete it!
timelines - use them to keep your story straight, even if you're a pantster. What time is it? (gotcha!)
commonly confused "T" words:
than (used to compare things) / then (sequences)
that (refers to things) / who (refers to persons)
there / their / they're (you better know these by now and use them properly!)
tic (involuntary muscle spasm) / tick (a light noise, a mark to check off items, a blood sucking insect)
Find more A to Z posts here.