Tuesday, April 23, 2013

T is for Twitter

I wanted to talk about one last social media platform to enhance your blogging experience: Twitter.



I'm going to keep it short and simple. The best thing you can learn about Twitter is that hash tags are the best! (#thesethingsthatareallonelongword)

Each hashtag on twitter is like a mini chat room. If you can get your blog posts out to the right chat rooms, people will visit your blog.

Just a words of caution, if you're going to post your blogposts to chat room make sure you interact with people in said rooms. No one likes it when their feeds are spammed as they're trying to have a conversation.

Some hashtags are specifically for links, but most aren't. Do your research first and you'll find a whole new audience is waiting at your fingertips.

27 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I always forget about hashtags.

Ava Jae said...

I love Twitter! And hashtags are definitely useful, although I rarely use them for my blog posts (mostly because of the spamming thing you mentioned). When OTHER people tag my posts with hashtags, however...well. :)

Rachel McClellan said...

I'm horrible at hashtags! Ugh. There's so much to remember and do when it comes to social media. Good reminder though - thanks!

Scribbles From Jenn said...

Great tip, short and sweet. There's an SCBWI event on tweeting. I may go now and expand my twitter knowledge.

Jay Noel said...

Hashtags are abused these days, so I tend to ignore them.

But they can lead to chatrooms???

Tyrean Martinson said...

I had no idea hashtags could lead to chat rooms . . .there is so much I don't know.

ilima said...

I've made Twitter friends via hashtags. #ilovethem

John Wiswell said...

My only problem with hashtag chats is that they're usually one hour a week with much lighter conversation sporadic around the rest. I'm so bad at remembering that #scifichat or #litchat are at specific hours!

John at The Bathroom Monologues

Michael Offutt, "Johnny on the Spot" said...

I like to go onto twitter and talk politics.

Blue Skies said...

Twitter has totally overwhelmed me in the past. I really need to get a bit more involved . . .

Erin Shakespear said...

Hmmmmm, I keep meaning to use twitter more but...well, I don't. Maybe I'll become a devote tweeter soon! ;)

Mina Burrows said...

I really like Twitter. Whenever there's anything hot in the media, I hear it there first.

#ilovehashtags

Melissa Sugar said...

Perfect post today, I'm just now ( sort of) getting the hang of twitter, but today I actually saw your reply to my tweet, so that's progress . I was so overwhelmed with twitter until I started using an app on my phone that I can understand . I'm just discovering hashtags and some have opened me up to new ideas and I've found new friends. I didn't know that hashtag chats were at specific times. I still have much to learn

Mark Noce said...

I'm on Twitter a lot now, but haven't quite figured out how to best use hash tags yet. I would greatly enjoy more posts on this topics:)

Kami McArthur said...

I wish I loved twitter! haha.

Annalisa Crawford said...

Twitter still confuses me, and like Alex I always forget about hash tags too.

Carrie-Anne said...

I usually only use hashtags for chats and pitchfests, though sometimes I'll bite and use a trending topic or a hashtag of my own.

Tara Tyler said...

i came! thanks woman!
but how do you find these conversations?

Another Clean Slate said...

I didn't really use Twitter until I started blogging. I am amazed at it now though- it truly is such a good tool... and addicting!

Sheena-kay Graham said...

I need to use hashtags more myself. Great tips.

michelle said...

I never knew that hashtags lead to chat rooms! Thanks for the education!

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Jeff Hargett said...

I think I'm hashtag challenged. :-/

Livia Peterson said...

I need to use Twitter more in general. Too addicted to Facebook.

Krista McLaughlin said...

It took me a while to figure out Twitter and use hashtags, but I actually really like it now. I love finding other people to do writing sprints with. It's very motivating!

Chantele Sedgwick said...

I always forget about twitter. I don't mean to, but I have so many other things going on that I just don't remember to post there. I need to do better ... :)

David P. King said...

You're the one who introduced me to twitter, and it forever changed the way I social network. I can't thank you enough! :)

Gina Gao said...

Now that I recently got a Twitter, I'm an automatic hashtag person. Guess it comes with the generation.

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