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Jun 10 2009

Authors on Twitter

by Nancy M

twitterIf you’re with me, you are sick of hearing about Twitter. Scarcely a day goes by that I don’t hear, “Check us out on Twitter”, or “Twitter breaks huge story”, or “How Twitter Will Change the Way We Live” (I just don’t know about this one). Not being able to ignore all the fuss, I signed up and found that most people are quite simply answering the question that Twitter asks, “what are you doing?” So when I read that my friend John was “feeling tired this morning” or that my sister-in-law was “so excited for The Bachelor finale”, I couldn’t help feeling a little disappointed. And don’t even get me started on the personal pressure I feel when trying to come up with something witty and relevant to post, all under 140 characters. I gave up. Until…

Did you know that there are hundreds of authors that you can follow on Twitter? Some of my favorite authors such as Neil Gaiman and Laurie Halse Anderson are twittering tweeting about things that are quite interesting, such as information on their latest books, writing tips, links to cool articles and blogs, etc. And even though these well-respected writers are just as susceptible to posting humdrum tweets, I can’t help but find it really cool knowing that Neil Gaiman hates Delta, or that Karma Wilson also has a dog that likes vegetables. And what’s even better is the opportunity to pose questions to these people. All of the authors that I’m following actually respond to their followers’ questions and comments. Twitter is a great way to interact with people that you would normally have no contact with. Perhaps Twitter will change us all.

You can find a list of authors on Twitter here.

Who are you following?

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Lynn June 10, 2009 at 12:35 PM

When I first heard of Twitter, I thought it would be best used as a PR tool. I signed up and didn’t check it for months. However, in the last couple of months, I have been following chefs, food bloggers, traffic updaters, a couple of friends, as well as President Obama (who is also following me – I’m sure it is staff) and one political blogger who is also a food blogger – Ezra Klein of the Washington Post and The Internet Food Association. Love it.

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