Wednesday, April 4, 2012

April Platform Challenge: Day 4

I hope you're enjoying the challenge so far. If you found yesterday's task simple, today's should be even easier. However, it's an important piece of the online platform puzzle, especially with some of the future tasks you'll be asked to perform later this month.


Here's what I look like on
Twitter @robertleebrewer

For today's task, create a Twitter account. That's right. Go to http://www.twitter.com/ and sign up--if you're not already. This task will definitely take less than 5 minutes.

(Note: If you leave your Twitter handle in the comments below, I'll be sure to include you in a special Tweeps to Follow list related to the April Platform Challenge.)

As with Facebook, I won't be surprised to learn that most of the participants in this challenge already have a Twitter account. Whether you have an account or not, be sure to check out this Twitter Cheat Sheet for Writers. It's not anything ground-breaking, but it does cover some of the basics.

With Twitter, here are three important things to keep in mind:
  • Make your profile bio relevant. You might want to use a version of that sentence you wrote for Day 1's task. Incorporate humor if possible (see mine for an example).
  • Use an image of yourself. One thing about social media (and online networking) is that people love to connect with other people. So use an image of yourself--not of your pet, a cute comic strip, a new age image, flowers, robots, etc.
  • Make your Twitter handle your byline--if possible. For instance, I am known as @RobertLeeBrewer on Twitter, because I use Robert Lee Brewer as my byline on articles, in interviews, at speaking events, on books, etc. Be as consistent with your byline as humanly possible.
Once you're in Twitter, try finding some worthwhile tweeps to follow. If you need suggestions, here are 101 Tweeps for Writers to Follow. It's a great starting place.

Also, be sure to make a Tweet or two. Need an idea for a Tweet? Why not link to each day's challenge?

Have fun Tweeting today!

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TheDaughter said...

Help! Someone already has my real name as a Twitter account name. What is the best variation for me to use? Last name first and partial first name, partial first name and last name?

Elizabeth said...

I love Twitter for connecting with other writers! But I didn't start out with my name - I'm @bibliotraveler.

TheDaughter: Can you use a middle initial? Or add something you will always like/do, like @namewriter.

Susan K. Stewart said...

Been around Twitter for several years. I like connecting with other writers in my genre, plus being a news junkie I appreciate the up-to-the-second updates when I want them.

I use TweetDeck to sort those I follow into columns by interest. I also use it to find resources for my writing. A lot of good quotes on Twitter.

Nest up -- automating some of my Tweets, but not everything. I like conversation.

One of my peeves with Twitter is that so many people only set up auto-Tweets and don't engage.

Kirk said...

So far, so good. As with Facebook, I established an account several months back, coincident with reading the Writer's Market 2012 articles on social media.

Facebook took off immediately; Twitter has been a slower process. Perhaps I am not tweetish by nature.

Most of the tweets I see are not self-contained units, but seem to be folks pointing other places. Maybe this is its best function.

Lauren Miller said...

Thanks Robert! All done for today.

Miskmask said...

I've had a Twiiter account for several years. @miskmask is mine there. I intentionally keep my real name and my byline name separate.

Erika D. said...

Oh, what a relief. This one is already "done." And I think I'm already following (at least most!) of your suggestions.

Joanna said...

I like this easing-in. Have been actively engaging on Twitter around 9 months, and love the people I have gotten to know.

@TheDaughter I too would suggest using a middle initial if you can?

I was lucky to get my name @joannamarple

Lara Schiffbauer said...

I love twitter! It was such a surprise to me, because I tried really hard not to get an account, but finally broke down last August, and have had pretty good success with it! My name is so long and difficult to remember, my twitter handle is @LASbauer. I'll be looking at the 101 tweeps to follow, and I'll be looking for the people who put their twitter names here too!

Kasie Whitener said...

Done! Like Lara, I initially fought Twitter because I saw it as perpetuation of one's own over-inflated sense of self importance. But now I'm a complete addict. It has become my source for news and I found a new group of writing-centric friends.

@KasieWhitener

Robert Lee Brewer said...

Good strategy, Lara! I would recommend everyone connecting with all fellow April Platform participants on Twitter. In fact, everyone who includes their Twitter handles as an April Platform participant (on this thread), I'll put together a special post of Tweeps to follow. So please share in the comments!

Melanie Cole said...

done! So far I've been loving twitter, it's great way to connect with some of my favourite authors.
@MelanieKCole

Anne Kimball said...

This one is already done, but I'm going to go check your links to learn more.

I have to say that I actually hate Twitter. I do it only as a means to an end to increase platform. I tweet the link to every blog post. I "follow" a lot of people without truly following anyone. I have never been part of a Twitter conversation, mostly b/c one has never really come my way. Idk if I need to play around with settings in order to get tweets in my inbox or on my phone or something, or perhaps to do as Susan K Stewart suggested and use TweetDeck (never heard of that before) so that I can hone in on what interests me.
I guess I need to do something, though, b/c I feel like I've done just enought to say I have a Twitter account while still fighting against it.

Ugh.

Rebecca Barray said...

Done. :)

Rebecca Barray said...

Oh, and @RebeccaBarray for me. ;)

Kiril Kundurazieff said...

OK, I still need some convincing on this one, as my previous experience was NOT a happy one.

I'll check out the tips for writers before I decide, but need more convincing before I set up an account for me, alone, with a writerly focus.

I was on Twitter for over a year until I closed the accounts out of frustration.

I had an account for myself, but not writer centric by any stretch.

I had one for one of my Cats, as there is a whole community of Animal Twits, many, but by no stretch most, fellow Critter Bloggers.

I don't have the time, and social media/networking skills to spend all day, or even half of it Tweeting.

What I did do was have my blog posts automatically tweeted.

I occasionally tweeted, and interacted with other Twits, as well.

I got very liitle traffic to my blogs from being on Twitter.

I spent most of my time blocking, & deleting Spam Followers, and thus had no real feel for the type of followers I was attracting.

I would see Twits, like me, with 1000 or more Followers, but 700 of them were spammers.

Obviously those people didn't care to Police their Following to help their online image.

cbaustin said...

done;
@CBAustin89

Kiril Kundurazieff said...

RE: I would recommend everyone connecting with all fellow April Platform participants on Twitter. In fact, everyone who includes their Twitter handles as an April Platform participant (on this thread), I'll put together a special post of Tweeps to follow.

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OK, that's a good start in convincing me, but the day is young, yet (730am, here), and my last comment still stands as an expression of my reluctance. :-D

Meena Rose said...

I just created my twitter account: @MsMeenaRose

My name was already taken.

http://meenarose.wordpress.com/2012/04/04/april-platform-challenge-day-4/

Khara House said...

Done!

As with most days so far of this challenge, I'm starting to feel like I'm "over-complicating" things ... I already had a twitter using my name, but switched that to @leftnwrite08 (my personal account). Then I created one for my blog, @ourlostjungle -- but if you look up my name (Khara House), that's the one that comes up! I kind of prefer it that way, though, to using my real name, in part because I teach at a public university--as soon as my students found out I had a Facebook I got Facebook-stalked, ha-ha.

The @ourlostjungle Twitter account is the one I'm using for this challenge--it's writing/poetry focused.

Rachel Z Cornell said...

Here’s mine:
https://twitter.com/#!/ProNagger

I’ll follow everyone who puts their address in the comments!

De said...

Done. De is once again a Twit, having resurrected her ancient Twitter account this morning. ;) The technophobe in me hates you this morning, Robert...but I'm sure it needed doin'. Thank you!

De said...

PS: I am...
@dejackson

Brooke Ryter said...

Already have a Twitter account =)

My profile bio is relevant.
My image isn't of me, it is the cover of my book...should I change that?
My Twitter handle is my byline.

Challenge 4 complete!!

Brooke Ryter said...

Forgot to add...

@brookeryter

Thanks!!

Joe O. said...

I got a Twitter account sometime last year but only recently got into the swing of things. Here's what annoys me about it so far:

1. People that post incessantly with random thoughts that do nothing to advance human intellligence. I know, that sounds snobby, right? But, seriously, when there is so much competing for our attention, I don't need to know that you checked into X, Y, and Z and then do a second round of posts giving me your review of that place. We're all friends here, but I also don't think anyone needs to know if you're going to bed, sitting down for dinner, or petting your cat.

2. Please don't send URLs without first adding a comment about where it's taking me. Especially with URL shorteners, there's no telling if you're sending me to a site that's likely to try to highjack my computer.

3. Tweets that are so full of hashtags as to make the message unreadable don't make me jump to find out more. Retweets that may have sounded great to you but that come across as ambiguous to the rest of us aren't amusing either. :)

4. I like keeping track of my favorite celebrities just like anyone else. It's hard to tell though which ones are genuine, and which ones are parity. Yes, this could be theoretically solved by going to that author's website and checking to see if they link to their Twitter there, but that's not always the case.

Okay, negativity aside, here's what I love about it:

1. I love the instant access. It's like RSS feeds but better because there are people sorting through content to make sure the material is worth sharing.

2. I love that the service is so widely accessible. On my phone, on my computer. With the right client, it's easy enough to check recent tweets without having to log into the site. I use a client called The Qube, but ironically, I don't know if it's accessible for sighted people. For me, the client integrates with my operating system so that a few keystrokes quickly brings up what I want out of Twitter without ever leaving the current window. I have to think there are other clients that achieve the same.

3. Twitter is how I found out about you fine people and this challenge, from someone that knew someone who know about He Who is Not Bob!

@js_orozco

Mary Bauer said...

I have been dragging my feet to join twitter. I just signed up.
@MaryJBauer

Tina Marie McGrevy said...

Signed up with @TinaMcGrevy, but it looks very scary. And there is a character limit? Not sure I can manage that, either.

Beth Stilborn said...

I get overwhelmed by the number of tweets going past the upper right corner of my screen when I'm on tweetdeck, so I don't interact the way I should. I will work on that.

@bethstilborn

Mary Bauer said...

Oops! Make mine @MaryJBauer1

Kirk said...

Posted earlier but didn't include my handle, so here it is:
@KirkCrady

Cheers-K

Wax-on.Wax-off.Poetry said...

Finally a twitter@Jackleen77.
Somebody 'follow' me. Daily poem entries still require
moderation! So upsetting! Will twitter my rebuked entry. Short and sweet cinquain.

Kiril Kundurazieff said...

I surrender..... :-D

Re-activated = @KGkundurazieff

Out of curiosity I entered my old sign-in info for my personal account, and found out that Twitter was litterally falling all over itself to reactivate my account just as I'd left it back in November. :-D

My Bio only needed a little adjusting to reflect my writerly interests more.

I also changed my Twit name to what you see above....

Using first & last would have made it too long, hence the first & middle, initials.

I was following 400, and followed by 395....

Both numbers will change as I will do some serious house cleaning to reflect a new direction.

If I can learn how to best use Twitter, and not let trying to do so overwhelm me, then maybe I can get something out of the experiece.

I will be adding everyone, as Robert suggests, as well.

I will also make sure the posts of my blog get tweeted. ;-D

Wax-on.Wax-off.Poetry said...

"My heart, with eager steps,entered his casino, entranced by his bells and whistles, broken!." by Jackie Casey.

Claudine Giorio said...

Done! Thank you!

Romelle Broas said...

I've had my twitter account for a year now. Here is my info: https://twitter.com/#!/HerStory2
@HerStory2

My question is: Would changing my twitter name from @HerStory2 to RomelleBroas affect my followers? Will they say, "who is this person?" since they've been following me as @HerStory2?

And I'm not liking the idea of having my picture posted all over cyberland. But I guess I'm going to have to. Will it be an easier transition for my followers if I changed my picture first (let them get used to it) then my name or vice versa? Or will it not matter?

Louise Behiel said...

yay another bit of homework done. I'm @louisebehiel

J. B. Everett said...

Done! @jnbeverett

Amanda Socci said...

I joined Twitter in 2009 to pursue craft interests and left. I rejoined Twitter in 2012 and I decided to focus on my writing as a professional endeavor.

I do my best to engage people and reply to posts. Klout.com calls me a "networker" with 44 points, but I'm still easily frustrated because around 90% of my tweets to people go unanswered. I find that unacceptable.

However, I love Twitter as the starting point for research and current trends for my writing. I am easily inspired by Twitter.

My name is Amanda Socci. My Twitter handle is @SocciWriter.

Dana Dampier said...

I have it where my posts automatically get tweeted, but I need to work on tweeting more on a personal basis.

twitter: @crazypoeticlife

Joe O. said...

Hi, my comment did not go through earlier. I can't rewrite my rambling response from before, so here's my handle in hopes of befriending more of you guys on Twittersphere:

@js_orozco

Diana said...

I have had a twitter account for some time, but have never really thought about it as a tool. I felt kind of foolish "tweeting" things. I updated and filled in my profile and will tweet sometime today. My twitter address is @dianadomino.
Thanks Robert. I am learning a lot!!

imunuri said...

@DanielAri

saturnbull said...

Done and done!

@thesaturnbull

sopphey said...

Twitter is a powerful tool in terms of creating a platform, but also a great way to meet and converse with other writers via the Internet. It's not too terrible of an idea to search for hashtags to see what other writers are doing, an example of these hash tags can be seen here: http://www.dailywritingtips.com/40-twitter-hashtags-for-writers/ (I think Robert had posted this link a while back because I definitely found it on Twitter!)

I like going through the #amwriting tag and reading new stories/poems and couldn't recommend the hashtag enough!

-@sopphey

Ain't No Ninny said...

I've had a twitter account for a few years and used to (until a year ago) post a lot of micropoetry on it. I got busy and my account became rather inactive. But I'm back on it again. I used a variation on my family nickname.

Twitter name: @AintNoNinny

Linda (I don't know my last name) Hatton said...

RE: TheDaughter ... Someone already has my name, also. I was going to change it from @MouseTalesPress to @LindaHatton. Now I'm not sure what to do.

Robert, although my legal name is hyphenated, I go by Linda Hatton (my full last name is Golesch-Hatton). I guess maybe I should add the "G" into my name making it "Linda G. Hatton."

Until further notice, mine is https://twitter.com/MouseTalesPress

Anyone have any other suggestions??
Thank you! :-)

Jen McPeek said...

That was easy :) twitter.com/#!/JenniferMcPeek

Nikki said...

FoggyLilCatFeet

Michelle said...

I love Twitter because people follow you much quicker than any other social media. It's easy to push that "follow" button. Speaking of which, if anyone is interested, I'm @MichelleReynoso

Sandy Green said...

Sorry I'm late to the party. This is a great idea!

@SandyDGreen

TheDaughter-I had to use a nickname, my middle initial, and my last name.

Pete M said...

Thanks for day 4.

@pd_marshall

Wax-on.Wax-off.Poetry said...

Hello Amanda. Just responding so I will be in the above average 10% who do respond to your tweets, lol. Jackie

Samantha Holloway said...

@pirategirljack -- I set it up with my most common online handle ages before I was focusing on a writers platform, and I'm reluctant to start over!

Beth C. said...

Twitter is great for casually connecting with other writers!

I'm there as @BethCato.

Sharon Stanley said...

twitter account: check.
had it, don't use it.
must try now...
sharon stanley

caryl said...

@caryl1

I've been on twitter for a while and love that you can search any subject to see what people are tweeting about it. Very informative.

I try to be interesting and fun on twitter. Would love more interaction, so let's do as we're told and follow one another. It's easy enough to unfollow if you decide I'm a bore.

I kind of like being caryl1 and will have to think about using my full name. *thinking about it right now!*

Brandi Amara Skyy said...

Yea! i've had a twitter account for a while, but i've only recently started to use it.

i'll follow you if you follow me :)

@brandiamaraskyy

Kyle Robinson said...

I'm done.. been using twitter for a little while, can't seem to gather enough steam to keep up followers so if someone has some tips please let me know check out @krobwritings.

Rhonda Parrish said...

Yay Twitter! I love Twitter :) My account name is @RhondaParrish

Monique Liddle said...

I am getting better acquainted with Twitter and how hashtags work - and even convincing a fellow writer to join Twitter, which includes explaining to her why it would help her both as a writer and a blogger.

I also am thinking of creating a hashtag for my own blog community. But I need to wait longer to increase the numbers of readers. After all, I just launched 4/1! It's just that I have all these ideas for building community with my readers (which is one of the goals for my website/blog).

Claudine Giorio said...

hey one tweep you can follow... ME @claudinejaboro

LOL thanks!

Monique Liddle said...

I forgot to leave my user name: @moniqueliddle

Maposa said...

I had twitter for a year and never used, but since I started a blog, I have found that if you follow the right people, it is a great place to find inspiration.

Follow me @ChidoMuchemwa

Beth (Elizabeth) LaMie said...

My Twitter account is @bethlamie.

bolton carley said...

I had a twitter account already @boltoncarley, but today I switched the photo from my book cover to a picture of me as suggested. Hope it helps!

Pat Walsh said...

Okay, I've finally signed up for Twitter. I'm at

@PatrickJWalsh01

(someone already has my byline name, so I'm an '01' over there...)

Daughter1 said...
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TheDaughter said...

I went with @KAnnWilliamson for my user name. Add me to the tweeps list please!

Ashley Mays said...

One of my writer friends just told me about your blog, and I'm excited to get in on the platform challenge! I'm @AshleyNMays on Twitter.

Lara Schiffbauer said...

I've followed through (here!) so be looking for me please! I wanted to let the people below know I wasn't able to find your twitter account - but maybe it's just me. In case it wasn't just me, I didn't want you to think I (or anyone else) was ignoring you!

@ChidoMuchemwa @TinaMcGrevy @MsMeenaRose @KGkunurazieff

I thought maybe it's because the accounts are new or reactivate? I wrote them down to try again later, though. Maybe Robert might know something I don't on why they didn't show up in Twitter?

Susan P said...

This is MUCH harder. I am brand new to twitter. I couldn't put a normal pic of myself up there - it kept telling me it was too large, so I had to use a cartoon pic of myself. I picked a few sites to follow and I am following my two adult daughters. Would love to follow other writers but feel like a dork asking people who don't know me to be my friend. Ack!

Right - this is supposed to be a challenge. Okay - onward and upward. I will follow one non-famous person I don't know today.

my twitter thingy is @susanphilpott1

April Galloway said...

Ok, I've set it up. I'm not sure about this one. I've never really understood the value of Twittering.

@AMelodyPearson

Kiril Kundurazieff said...

Yo, Lara Schiffbauer!

I'm there, and re-activated, but what you did was misspell my name!

Don't feel bad, though, it's a common theme of my life, hee, hee! :-D

@KGkundurazieff

Lara Schiffbauer said...

Hey, Kiril! I understand about name issues - kind of like Schiffbauer (I blame my husband!) I just followed you! Nice to see you on Twitter, too!

Muddy said...

Wow! You're really making me dive into the deep end of the pool! Even though I don't have any idea what I'm doing, I now have a Twitter account: @MuddyKinzer

Im not sure where the bio section goes, & the picture will have to wait (just like with my FB page!), but I'm on there! I'll play with the site more & see if I can't figure out how to follow you guys!

Muddy

Michael Grove said...
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Sahaj said...

@sahajkohli :)

Michael Grove said...

I'm now on Twitter as @MichaelGrove7. I am following you Robert!

John Morris Benson said...

I think I am there as https://twitter.com/JohnMorrisBenso

Melanie Marttila said...

Signed up in December: https://twitter.com/MelanieMarttila or @melaniemarttila
I'm not sure I have the hang of it yet, because I'm pretty selective and don't usually log on until after supper. I post at least once a day, retweet what I find interesting, and have even tried a few hashtag experiments. I usually make a typo and my comment languishes nakedly revealing my incompetence :)

Khara House said...

I'm having trouble finding/following some people. Maybe when Robert creates a list of everyone it'll be easier, ha-ha, but 'til then ... If you can find *me* please follow!

Evelyn said...

I signed up a year or so ago, but have never tweeted. It's really not my 'thing.' But maybe you can convince me otherwise. I'm listed as @EvChristensen Well actually, @evchristensen, but it seemed to work with the capitals also. Do capitals matter?

Wax-on.Wax-off.Poetry said...

Don't worry about being 'muddled',
Muddy. There are a lot of us out here who know not what they are doing,, nakedly revealing our incompetence, lol
jackie casey's poems are at
www.writing.com/

Claudia Karabaic Sargent said...

I've been on for awhile~ my handle is @ckswarriorqueen.

KrisSwanguarin said...

Day 4 done. I like it when I already have something done before it's due.
OK, with over 80 comments each day you must be superman.
https://twitter.com/#!/KrisSwanguarin

Nicole said...

Hey Nicole here. done @nikkitrees

hcfbutton said...

I updated my picture and name but left my twitter handle as is: https://twitter.com/#!/quirkycity

http://myquirkycity.wordpress.com/2012/04/04/april-platform-challenge-day-4-tweet-l-dee/

Lauri Meyers said...

@laurimeyers
Still pretty new to twitter, I will need to read your primer.

Kirra said...

@kirraantrobus I like twitter but it hasn't seemed to make much difference in traffic on my blog.

Joy Weese Moll said...

I was on Twitter, but I changed my profile pic from a logo to a headshot. Been meaning to do that, thanks!
Here I am: @joyweesemoll

Lori Degman said...

I'm on Twitter but I don't use it as often as I could. Here's my name: @LoriDegman

Nichole L. Reber said...

What a great idea to go through the supplementary info you provide.

What a good idea too to find new people to follow on Twitter.

Something that's proven invaluable to me re: Twitter is SocialOomph.com. With it you can retweet something important whenever you want and however many times you want.

Cheers.
Nichole L. Reber
http://www.architecturetravelwriter.com/
@NicholeLReber

Stephanie said...

Done!

Anne Kimball said...

Oops! Never gave my handle: @AnneKimballHome.

J.C. Nierad said...

New to twitter, but so far enjoying this strange new land. @jcnierad

Kiril Kundurazieff said...

67 Tweeps, including me, list themselves in the comments....55 added to my follows. :-D

The other 11?

@MsMeenaRose

@MaryJBauer1

@TinaMcGrevy

@pd_marshall or @pd1marshall ?

@ChidoMuchemwa

@PatrickJWalsh01

@KAnnWilliamson

@AMelodyPearson

@MichaelGrove7

@JohnMorrisBenso

@nikkitrees

Twitter claims y'all don't exist! :-D

If you beg to disagree...then Follow me, if you wish at...

@KGkundurazieff

Connie L. Peters said...

Done But I have no idea what I'm doing. I'll have to have my daughter show me the ropes.

Meg Miller said...

Robert, Thank you so much for this awesome challenge. I'm creating my first blog to go live June 1, I've reactivated my Facebook and working on adding what I can and added more to my Twitter account. I have yet to Tweet, so I appreciate the energetic encouragement to Tweet each other. I need to learn how. Thank you, @MegMillerMN

JRWoodward said...

I got back on Twitter after being quiet for a while.
I'm @JRWoodwardMSW, with the http://www.mactamicksfinestscotchltd.com website in my profile. I'm linking everything -- FB, Twitter, etc.

Sarah Negovetich said...

The twitter writing community os wonderful. @SarahNego

Renee LaTulippe said...

I was initially against Twitter, and can't say I yet understand it's value (so many Tweets! so little time!), but I've come around a bit now. Actually, yesterday I wrote a found poem from quotes on Twitter - some good stuff there. I tweet my poetry blog posts and retweet a lot of other people's kidlit-centric tweets.

Unlike some other commenters, I've had no problem with spammers - 99% of my followers are writers.

I'm at @ReneeMLaTulippe

Cate said...

I've had a Twitter account for a while, but haven't really gotten the hang of it yet. Perhaps this challenge will be good incentive for getting more comfortable with Twitter...

@artistiCate

Muddy said...

I found most of you, but some I couldn't. Ill be looking forward to the list!

Thanks Joe, for being my 1st (& only) follower! Now if I could just think of something interesting to say on Twitter!

Muddy

Rowanwolf said...

I already had a Twitter account and have a social writing network but I didn't use my byline. Oooops.

I'm at @Rowanwolf66

essay said...

Done.

@StevieLibra

One of those things I said I'd never do... Oh well. :-)

GeminiWriter said...

I have 2
@geminiwtiter81
&
@hollih

I've been working on twittering more.

Jedida said...

@JedidaOneko
....done

Evelyn said...

I have been very hesitant to do this, but now it's up. I used my real name and was happy to see it was available. I am at EvelynMiracle.
I had a problem uploading a photo though. I am using a Macbook pro and Iphoto. The Twitter page kept telling me the photo was too large. What should I do?

Heather Marsten said...

@ HeatherMarsten

Wax-on.Wax-off.Poetry said...

Reduce the size of your photo via any software program that allows you to crop your photo.

Diane said...

have had an account but never use it so i updated it
@dkhower

Connie L. Peters said...

@ConnieLeePeters

F.S. (Sharon) Vander Meer said...

I don't know where my posts are going, but I don't see the one for yesterday's challenge so here it is again. My twitter handle is @iwriteon.

Katriena Knights said...

I've been on twitter since long before twitter was cool. I'm @crazywritinfool and I tweet micropoetry, random thoughts (of which I have many), and nonsense about hockey.

Lauren Miller said...

Hey Robert,

My Twitter handle is @lmillerbooks.

PSC said...

I only just got my Twitter profile set up today. I am @PSCinCT.

I confess: I didn't post my face, but I did use the same photo that is on my facebook & Google profiles. I've been using it for so long, it "feels" like me -- so I'm sticking with it. :-)

Thanks for pushing me out of my comfort zone, Robert! :-] PSC

patientdreamer said...

Have a twitter account....

@dianestoy

I am not a regular chatter on this.

Fred Shrum, III said...

Yes. @fshrum
I already follow Robert!

Lynn Daue said...

Twitter is fantastic. You can find me at @lynndaue.

Jude Bown said...

I've recently become reacquainted with Twitter...still in flight school! I'm @JudeBown. Flutter by anytime.

Donna said...

Done, I am @dnichols1962.

Sharon K Owen said...

Done. Twitter: sharon_k_owen

Jan O'Hara (Tartitude) said...

Belated entry, but done this and all challenges to date.

@jan_ohara

E. B. Pike said...

Thanks for today's challenge! I've been Twittering for about two months now. :) Think I'm finally learning the ropes.

My handle is @EBPike

Claudette Young said...

I couldn't get back here last night to post, so here is my Twitter handle. @Claudsy1

I'd be happy to see any of the lovely people who hang around here who want to drop by and give me a high sign.

Marc C. said...

Twitter is something I've been using for so long now. My current account is my real name, @marc_chima

Cindy Hiday said...

I have an account using my real name: @cindyhiday, but it directs people to the account I actively use: @writingbooks. I prefer an account name that represents what I do.

Raychelle Muhammad said...

I am tweeting at @RaychelleWrites which ties in to my blog and Facebook page.

Sheila Deeth said...

I'm on twitter and I tweet. But I still feel like a six-year-old learning the answer to Quel temps fait-il ? isn't always It pleut.

@SheilaDeeth

Dan Stone said...

I've had a Twitter account for a while but confess I still don't do much with it or seem to have the time to do much with it.

Dan
@danelling

stanalei said...

Just getting started. This is a great way to connect. I'm at @StanaleiFletch.

Kathy Sterndahl said...

Already done, but I need to learn more about this one. @KathySterndahl

HopefulJo said...

Completed several months ago. @JoAnnJAJordan on Twitter.

Madeline Sharples said...

Yes, I've been on Twitter for quite some time, though I suspect I don't know an nth of its capabilities. Here's my handle:
@madeline40

Thanks for all the tips.

Julia Tomiak said...

I'm behind! But here's my Twitter handle: @juliatomiak. I have lots of fun on Twitter, and I like using Hootsuite to schedule messages and watch specific streams, like #MNINB!

Stormfields2 said...

Done. @charleykabala. Haven't used it much in a couple of years. Time to start using the tools available, eh? Thanks for the tips and hints, etc. I've got a lot of work to do, besides writing.

stacie morrell said...

Done! @staciemorrell
I'm still trying to figure out how to work Twitter, though.

Anonymous said...

My Twitter handle is @bmorrison9 (To TheDaughter: My usual byline was already taken, so I added a number). I still find Twitter a little overwhelming, but enjoy focused Twitter chats.

Skipperhammond@gmail.com said...

@skipperhammond
Have had this for at least a year and never used it. Browsed a bit and still haven't a clue what to do with it.

Laura Diane said...

@Laura__Diane That's 2 underscores. It seemed better than going with LauraDiane3.

Laura Diane said...

I completed day 4 and put the info in the post above. I don't understand this Twitter thing at all though.

Kendra Merritt said...

Done @Kendra_Merritt

_SaraMarcella_ said...

Done. I created a twitter because it is a useful tool, but didn't actively start tweeting until a few months ago. My twitter, at the moment, is quite boring. But here's my name: @_SaraMarcella_

Cameron said...

Yup done. Though I've had my Twitter account well before I decided I should have set it up as my name, and well AFTER my name was already taken.

@truckpoetry

The good news is, it at least matches my website and my handle on about 1000 other sites. So there's at least one for consistency.

Kerry said...

April Platform Challenge Day 4:
Done - @KerryTickle
@KerryTickle

Joan Kane Nichols said...

Done! More or less. I've been on twitter for awhile but rarely tweet. Today I tweeted. As others have said, I just don't get it. But I have faith and will persevere.

At least one tweet and one Facebook post per day.

@KaneNichols

Leslie Dinaberg said...

I've been using Twitter for a while but mostly pushing out information. I'm making an effort to a little more social on the social networks and it seems to be getting results.

Thanks,
@Lesliedinaberg

Pamela Toler said...

I love Twitter. Even when I'm snowed under with deadlines I manage a tweet or two every day.

I'm @pdtoler

phawkenson said...

@phawkenson

Ivy said...

Done!

Ivy said...

Ooops. I forgot to give my twitter handle!

@unscriptedlife

LittleWing said...

Done. I had one, but hadn't updated my profile/added a pic..yadah..yadah.

@cerecermurphy

Karen said...

I do have a Twitter account with a photo, but I'm hoping this post with your links will help me learn more about how to use it.

Sheila Good said...

Although I've had one for a while, I'm not very good at tweeting! Hopefully this will help me improve!

@cofcmom on twitter.

Paul Ellis said...

Already there, @paulkellis.

Louise Behiel said...

I've followed everyone on the list so far. there are a couple of links that don't work. but i'm here and i"ll add the hashtag to my columns on tweetdeck

Elissa Field said...

It took awhile for me to get the hang of Twitter, but have been following advice from Robert and others and have found it more effective than facebook. It's surprising when you figure out how conversational it can be. Lists like Robert's 101 people to follow helped me pick up steam, following people whose insights were interesting to me. The other biggest impact was discovering hashtags: 1) to use hashtags so that your tweets will be read by people interested in your subject matter (add a hashtag for the related topic, so your tweet is linked to that conversation) and 2) to find chat sessions. Commenting in chat sessions on groups like litchat, YAlit, MG lit and even other subjects, like topchef or oscars or interior design, has brought me in touch with more people with similar interests.

@elissafield on twitter

Wilno Station Inn said...

Not sure if I like it but here goes. JohannaZomers@Twitter.com

ceeess said...

my twitter name is

@carolstephen2

I never seem to be #1!

Carol A. Stephen
http://www.quilfyre.wordpress.com

allysonyj said...

Is there some easy way to "follow everyone who is part of the challenge"? sounds like a lot of keying in and probably a lot of mistakes in doing so = a bunch of useless links. I do not have a twitter account and do not understand the first thing about how it works or why i should want to get 700 140-character communications a day from 700 different people. Is there a "Twitter 101" for folks like me? I hate spam...
allysonyj
(this aversion may dump me out of the raffle, alas, but i will keep on plugging on the other daily tasks while working on understanding the need for this one.)

susan craig said...

That was the longest "five minutes" of my life, but at last it is straightened out!
Done!
@susancraig7

susan craig said...

Why do some people have photos up and others not??

ac leming said...

I'm trying to catch up...
@ACLeming

Gerry said...

I'm commenting too late to make the Tweeps list, but I'll add my Twitter name here anyway: @gerrywil. I've had an account for some while, but I haven't made it work for me. I'm following a number of writers/agents/ publishers, etc., but I'm not picking up many followers. That may well be because I don't tweet often enough. Your posts will help, maybe!

Joannie said...

@joannieks
I confess that I haven't gotten the hang of twitter yet.

Wax-on.Wax-off.Poetry said...

That's ok, Joannie: many may not have 'gotten it' yet! Give us a little more time.
Twitter@Jackleen77

Sierra Steele said...

@Steele_Sierra

nothing there, yet. I just made it :)

Cindy said...

I had a twitter account, but needed to change by account name. Unfortunately, there are too many people with my name, but when I added my favorite number to my name, it was accepted. I can now be found on twitter at @CindyBlair13. I will post a link to this challenge as my first post.

Andrew Kreider said...

OK - finally catching up with the rest of you folks! My twitter handle is now: @AndrewKreider.

Joe said...

@JosephRMills

Dr. Pearl Ketover Prilik (PKP) said...

Done

Didn't even remember that I had opened a Twitter account long ago... Now will return and tweak its user name and then repost where I can be found.

Blyth said...
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Blyth said...

Perhaps I shall try this again...

@BlythMcManus

Thanks for the nudge with my previously lonely Twitter account.

Mary said...

Been on Twitter awhile but can't seem to engage in "conversations," or maybe I'm not interested/interesting enough to want to chatter. Thanks to commenter about TweetDeck. It sounds like an effective controller. @MaryEPfeiffer

Anonymous said...

Hi! I caught this April challenge late and am madly playing catch-up. Please add my new twitter to the community of April challengers. @JaneAnMcLachlan
Thanks!
Jane Ann Mclachlan

Dr. Pearl Ketover Prilik (PKP) said...

As I said earlier ... had hesitated with this challenge because I was ambivalent about opening a Twitter account.. when I decided to 'go for it" discovered I had one all along! Changed name ... my entire name will not fit... so I am

@drpkp1

Barbara Morrison said...

I commented earlier but his anonymous instead of my name ;-)

@bmorrison9

Gail Kushner said...

Done. I've been putting off Twitter, but I'm here now. Please add me to the April Challenge twitter list.

Norma Shephard said...

Done. Again,thanks for the tips on meking the page better.

Lynn said...

Done. When I read this challenge, I nearly gave up. I had a twitter account when twitter first came out. I didn't even know what it was or what I was doing, so I have an account
@Obermoeller
I've always felt like all these social media things take away time for writing... but here I am. Guess I'll start tweeting... Is it really necessary?

Wax-on.Wax-off.Poetry said...

Obermoeller, I feel the same re twitter, but am willing to hold off my presumptions. Plus, Knot Bob must know more than we, er? Jackie Casey

JeanElaine said...

Done, @jean_elaine

Jennifer said...

I was reluctant to join Twitter but your challenge got my moving. Since Vandenberg is like Smith in Holland it was hard to find a handle, but here it is. @VandenbergJM

Beth said...

@BethIngersoll

Not used much, but does exist!

Leslie Kim Bussey said...

I've been on Twitter about a month. It's a fast-paced, weird world. On Twitter, I'm @kimbussey2

beatrix said...

My daughter set me up with a Twitter account under a business name that I have been incubating (@whirledpeascafe) but I never took the time to figure it all out. Today I created @LaraBrittWrites. I hope you all can find it. Good luck with the program. It is giving me the kick in the pants I needed. Lara Britt is a pen name. Lori Sailiata is my legal name...and if I'm not mistaken blogspot still has me as beatrix, a name created for a creative writing class I took many years ago.

Donna said...

Done. I'm @gatherjoy. I have been tweeting my blog daily. It's been a good addition.

Janann Giles said...

I am jhg49 on Twitter.

Poor and Gluten Free said...

I'm @GlutenFreeCheap on Twitter. I try to tweet once every day or two. I find it to be a whole lot of overwhelming white noise!!

Marc Scott said...

Finally catching up on these challenges. Thanks again!
@marcjscott

Sabrina said...

@MouseCrackers Done, thanks for the extra related articles, too!

Sarah said...

OK, I created an account some time back at the enthusiastic urging of a bubbly colleague. Have felt pretty lost when actually trying to use it, but am game to try again. Especially if we become a group with common interest. Can we still be added to the list? @sarahwbartlett.

With gratitude for all insights and help.

Wax-on.Wax-off.Poetry said...

Out of all the chatter may come a few tasty tidbits...non-fattening, of course.

SaraV said...

I already have an account from 3 years ago think I will set up a new one with my name @saravinas

Donna said...

Done. Couldn't really find a HTML/Java Script button so I clicked on the subscribe to button.

Marian O'Brien Paul said...

Addition: my handle on twitter is
Marian O'Brien Paul

Norma Huss said...

I already have a Twitter account, and I'm already connected to you via Twitter, so for Day 4, I sent you invitations to connect on Facebook and LinkedIn. (I'm using my name on everything, so, according to you, I'm doing that right!

Cecilia Gunther said...

Ok I have set up the twittering however there are about 17 things I will have to go back and fix on the profile page, but done! whew.. good for me I guess I was avoiding this one.. c

CERN Wife said...

I've never wanted to sign up for a Twitter account (why get bombarded by daily detritus of people who think their doings are so important?). But now it's done. My Twitter handle: @KarenLeePliskin (or is it @karenleepliskin). And yes, my middle name is also Lee.

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