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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.
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!
Need to play catch up on this challenge? Here's what we've done so far:
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