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When I started writing and blogging, experts told me that I must, MUST, obtain a Twitter account and become a Tweetie-bird. So I did. And I posted my blog url every time I wrote something new. Because They said I MUST. It would drive people to my blog and I would become rich and famous.
What I became was the proud owner of a swirling vortex of who cares? I garnered 56 followers over the course of a year and a half of url posts. My impact on the Tweet-o-sphere was limpity limp.
So I asked more experts and They said I must tweet cleverly and often. Fast and furious. I must find a spin. I must spin it. I must put myself in peoples' face several times a day. And above all, if I wanted followers, I must become Queen of the Hashtag. You know, that little # symbol. You put it in front of key words in or after your tweet so your brilliance will come up in searches for that word and you'll get more tweepy-exposure, which will translate into riches and fame.
And it works. Using the revered Hashtag I have now popped, with relative speed, up to about 180 followers. I am waiting for Amazon to deliver the riches and fame.
In the process, I discovered that I had to follow a lot of people to get followers. And I am beginning to suspect that many of them have followed me solely so I will follow them back. *gasp* And now I'm not really convinced people are actually reading what I'm Chirping. Although I think if I were already famous, or semi-famous, they would. In hopes that I'd notice them and follow them and we'd be BFF's for everANDever.
What do you think of Twitter? Does it do anything? Is the publishing industry right in relying on it as a means of determining what kind of market there is for your not-yet-published book? Does it mean anything other than that you are the reciprocal rung on the ladder to beoming America's Next Top Tweeter? And Maybe Tom Hanks Will Notice You And Hire You For His Next Film Because You're So Stinkin' Clever? Maybe? I'd love to hear your thoughts.
(I will say this. There is a kiddo with the Tweet handle TweenHobo who is killing it on Twitter right now. She's 12 years old and is hilarious. She has a hobo-rides-the-rails persona and spoof-tweets popular media. She'll get discovered from her tweets alone, I'd wager. What about the rest of us mortals? Worth it?)