Facebook comes easy to most people, but it is amazing how many people are intimidated by those 140 characters on twitter. Today I came across a terrific post today on how to get the most out of twitter.
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The photo sharing website has garnered 12 million followers in under a year. How this works – you ‘pin’ a picture of something you like you to your page. You can repin or like, share via Facebook, twitter, and so on.
Potential uses for Pinterest: if you have a great recipe you want shared, take a great picture of it. Works for travel agents as well.
How it might help writers: the cover of your book gets shared, building a buzz around your book. Worth a try, imo.
In the good old days (does anyone even remember them?) it was enough to let your words speak for you. Not anymore, unfortunately. Because a gazillion books get published annually (esp. with the advent of ebooks and self-publishing) it is vital that one peddle one’s self, distasteful as it sounds. As an author (esp. if you write fiction), your brand is your name. If you write non-fiction, it is a tad bit easier because you can create a platform. With fiction how do you even do it?
The trigger for my completed novel Tell A Thousand Lies [coming soon] was India’s obsession with fairness and fairness creams (hence my twitter tagline: My novel in brief – Fairness Creams: Finding Solutions to Life’s Vexing Problems, One Application at a time.)
Having cute taglines doesn’t suffice however. You still have to be all over the internet, though I find that it’s emptying my brain of its creativity.
Check out Kelly Kathleen Ferguson’s blog post on internet promotion and what she’s been up to.
Shane Nyman’s column talks about what twitter can do for you. He says, and I quote, “Twitter, for those who use it for more than here’s-what-I’m-eating updates, is constant, instant access to whatever information you desire. Unlike Facebook, there is no weird social obligation to accept friend requests because, well, there are no requests. You follow what and who you want, so your flow of information is exactly how you shape it.”
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If you’re on gmail, you’ve probably already received invites to be in somebody’s ‘circles’. Now, Google has also come up with Google+ which, from what I understand, is a better version of facebook, perhaps even twitter? In facebook whatever you announce, you announce to the whole world. In circles, you can control who you direct information to. Its early days yet (only a month since Google+’s launch). We’ll have to wait and watch to see where it goes.
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