About the Book
Use Twitter to easily and effectively reach your readers!
Successful writers take responsibility for marketing their own work. Social media, including Twitter, can be amazing tools. But how do you get started and use Twitter productively without wasting valuable writing time?
In Learn Twitter: 10 Beginning Steps Ruth L. Snyder explains the benefits of Twitter for writers and leads you step by step through the process of setting up an effective account. Using this manual, you’ll learn the lingo, find your way around the Twitter dashboard, and start building relationships with your worldwide audience. You’ll also discover many tips and tricks to engage your audience and build a solid marketing platform in minutes a day.
This is the first book in the Authors’ Social Media Mastery Series on Twitter. Once you master the essentials, you’ll want to move on to the intermediate and advanced steps to enhance your skills, sharing your writing with more readers.
Get started on Twitter today!
Step 9: Crafting Great Tweets
What makes a good tweet? The answer to this question will differ somewhat based on what your goals are for Twitter. You can find tips by Googling “What Makes a Good Tweet,” but here are some questions to consider:
1. Who is your target audience?
2. What type of information is your audience looking for? What will pique their attention?
3. Which Twitter users would be interested in your tweet? (Alexis Grant (@alexisgrant) suggests 90% of tweets should contain a mention, which means you include the person’s handle in your tweet.)
4. What time of day is your audience most likely to see your tweet? (You’ll learn this by trial and error.)
5. Is there a helpful link you can share? (Twitter has its own link shortener, but you may want to use Bit.ly or a similar shortener so that you can track which links are most effective.)
6. Would you enjoy reading this if someone else wrote it?
TIP: If you post a tweet with an error in it, you are able to delete your tweet. However, you need to remember that once something is live on the internet, there may be a permanent record of it. (Some people call this “making cement footprints.”) You may delete your tweet, but someone else may have copied it and passed it on or placed it into a different format where you can’t access it. So be sure that what you post is what you really want to say.
Check out more helpful tips at Good Tweet vs. Bad Tweet: A Guide to Being Not Boring on Twitter.
About the Author
Ruth L. Snyder was privileged to spend the first 10 years of her life in southern Africa where her parents served as missionaries. From there her family moved to Canada, settling in Three Hills, Alberta. Ruth enjoyed her years as a “staff kid” at Prairie and is grateful for the biblical grounding she received there. She now resides close to Glendon (the pyrogy capital of Alberta, Canada) with her husband and five young children. Ruth enjoys writing articles, devotionals, short stories, and Christian fiction. She is author of Cecile’s Christmas Miracle, Life Lessons, Shadows and Sunshine, and Uplifting Devotionals for Parents.
Ruth is a member of The Word Guild and The Christian PEN. She currently serves as the President of InScribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship.
Ruth’s children have taught her many things about living with special needs. She is a strong advocate who spent several years serving on her local public school board.
Ruth loves her job teaching Music for Young Children. She is fascinated by children’s imaginations and enjoys helping young children learn the basics of music through play.
In her spare time, Ruth enjoys reading, crafts, volunteering in her local community, photography, and travel. Several years ago, Ruth and her family traveled through 28 States in 30 days!
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