The most perception-altering workshop that I took at Wordstock this year was the one on social media.
I already use various social media (possibly on rather too much) but the thing that really blew my mind was finding out that Twitter can be useful.
My Twitter account has lain fallow for many years. The only time I really took any notice of the account recently was when a friend mentioned that it had been compromised and that I should reacquire control so as to stop the steady stream of link spam being tweeted in my name. My social media time has been spent more on Facebook and Google+*.
Since the workshop I have revived my Twitter presence:
- picked a more appropriate handle
- updated my bio
- refreshed my profile page
I have followed more people: people whose writings I respect and enjoy, as well as informative and forthright voices in publishing and software.
I have also been tweeting more. There was always a struggle with Twitter before to know what to tweet, and I am not sure that I’m really any better at that than I was before, but being authentic and avoiding being spammy are both hugely important. It is already making a difference to how connected I feel to other writers.
Another interesting effect is that I feel less overwhelmed by other social media. I have a tendency to want to read everything in my various feeds and streams, but for some reason having a Twitter stream that is innately overwhelming has freed me from worrying about reading all the articles in Feedly or every wall post in Facebook**. I wasn’t expecting that.
In any case, my Twitter handle now is @DunxIsWriting – I would be delighted to hear from you.
Does Twitter fit into your social media profile? What’s yout Twitter handle?
[*] and LinkedIn, I suppose, although I use that more as a library than a social space.
[**] yes, yes, it’s not called a wall any more by Facebook, I know.