Tag Archive 'Twitter'

Should You Be On Twitter?

In my last post here at Writer Unboxed, I mentioned that – despite what the “build a platform” drones might chant outside your bedroom window at night – writers don’t have to be on Twitter. It is not required. Believe it or not, we are all grown-up people here (or let’s pretend we are), and […]

Everything You Really Need to Know About Twitter

This post probably isn’t what you’re expecting. If you’re looking for guidelines and tips on how to use and get the most out of Twitter, you can view a list of my past posts here. But before you get overwhelmed, don’t worry. This is not a crash-course on everything you could possible learn about the […]

Twitter: Are You Taking the Lazy Way Out?

Every once in a while, I’ll be on Twitter and start feeling glum. No one is talking to me, I think. No one new is following me. No one’s replying to my tweets. There’s a problem here, and that problem is me. It never fails that if I notice a Twitter slump, it’s my own […]

Everything You Need to Know About the #Hashtag

If you spend any amount of time on the internet, you’ve probably seen people using words or phrases with pound signs in front of them, #like #this. On Twitter, this is called a hashtag. Putting that symbol in front of a word turns it into a searchable link. In other words, you can then click […]

Twitter: A Dangerous Sense of Entitlement

Today I want to talk about a problem I see in the community of writers on Twitter: a growing sense of entitlement. We writers work hard to build our platform. We’re told how important it is, so we put our time, energy, and hearts into the effort of building our potential audience. And there are […]

Everything You Need to Know About the Retweet

If you’re new to Twitter, you’ve likely already seen retweeting come up. If you’re about to jump on the bandwagon, this is one of the first things you’ll need to learn. And even if you’re a seasoned tweep, the intricacies of the mysterious retweet can be confusing. Don’t you worry; I’m here to help. Let’s […]

Twitter: My 5 Unshakable Beliefs

Hello Writer Unboxed readers! I’d like to introduce myself. My name is Annie Neugebauer, and I’m the new Twitter columnist around these parts. I’ll be blogging Twitter tips, theory, and practice every other month. Many thanks to Nina Badzin for recommending me, and to Therese Walsh and the whole WU crew for welcoming me with […]

Twitter Lists to the Rescue

New Twitter users (and even seasoned ones) complain about the sheer amount of tweets demanding attention all at once. It’s a valid concern with one good solution: TWITTER LISTS! The good folks behind Twitter.com designed a way for us to separate the people we’re following into categories. Once you have created lists and slotted the […]

‘Social’ Media: Your Shadow Career?

  Sometimes, when we’re terrified of embracing our true calling, we’ll pursue a shadow calling instead. And how does a shadow career relate to a real career? That shadow career is a metaphor for our real career. Something that supports what I meant to do. Good training? Yes, it sure is. This will come in […]

‘Social’ Media: Wishing You Were You

  O! that you were your self; but, love, you are No longer yours, than you your self here live… Sonnet 13   Now, take Joe Cocker. Mr. “You Are So Beautiful” (really high note:) “to me.” Ever heard him talk? Here you go: Terrific interview on NPR – great job by Rachel Martin — […]

‘Social’ Media: What isn’t in a name

    O thou, my lovely boy, who in thy power Dost hold Time’s fickle glass, his sickle, hour… Sonnet 126       The so-called “social” media, currently our lovely boy of communication, hold in their darting packets of data, surely, unimaginable power. They collapse distance across continents and seas we once showed on […]