How I grew my Twitter following in 4 easy steps

Twitter is a tricky beast; out of all the social media platforms, it was the one I had the most difficulty with.

As you may have noticed I can talk for Britain, getting me to shut up is an art form in and of itself, so when confronted with such a limited amount of characters I struggled. I’m strict with myself in my fiction and nonfiction writing, reading and re-reading and re-reading again, eliminating every unnecessary word but social media is usually where I am less restrained. I see social media as a way to truly connect with people, and my first thoughts were that I couldn’t be my genuine self if I was limiting myself so much.

But then I changed the way I looked at Twitter. I looked at it as a writing exercise, to try to say something meaningful in just a couple of words or to try to tell a story in a sentence. It was a fun exercise, but it didn’t interest anyone other than myself.

Once I decided I wanted to grow my Twitter following and turn it into something I actively used to promote my writing I made an effort to learn as much as I could as fast as I could. Some of the things I tried worked, others didn’t There was an embarrassing amount of trial and error until I found a formula that I could manage and showed some success.

Some of the below might not work for you the way they did for me. But I sincerely hope they do.

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Writing Rants: Book Marketing and Direct Messages

On one of my lunch breaks this week I was scanning through Facebook, and I came across a very helpful blog by Anne R Allen here.

Overall I found the blog very useful, and it reaffirmed several points for me.

One of the points, in particular, had me shouting out “Yes! Thank you!” spraying sandwich crumbs into my keyboard and getting some odd looks from my co-workers (you’d think they’d be used to me by now).

That point was about the Direct Message (DM) feature on social media platforms, such as Twitter or Facebook. Anne explains that:-

“Direct messages are personal. Get to know somebody in regular tweets or comments on their posts before you cosy up to them with a DM.”

I agree very much.

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