Monday, April 9, 2012

April Platform Challenge: Day 9

For today's task, respond to at least three tweets from other tweeps on Twitter. As of day 4, everyone should have a Twitter account--and hopefully following some other Twitter users. Just respond to at least three tweets today.


Tweet three times today.

If you need tweeps to follow, here are two lists:
As far as your responses, it's not rocket science. You can respond with a "great article" or "cool quote." A great way to spread the wealth on Twitter is to RT (re-tweet) the original tweet with a little note. This accomplishes two things: one, it lets the tweep know that you appreciated their tweet (and helps build a bond with that person); and two, it brings attention to that person for their cool tweet.

Plus, it helps show that you know how to pick great resources on Twitter, which automatically improves your credibility as a resource on Twitter.

Anyway, have at it. Today should be easy peasy, one-two-threesy.

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110 comments:

Amanda Socci said...

I am @SocciWriter on Twitter. Without having looked at today's chlaange, I had already spent a few minutes looking at my list of recent followers & followed a bunch of new writer tweeps.

I try to offer words of encouragement to fellow writers who fall short of their writing goals by helping to keep the spirit alive. It is their attempt and not completion of the challenge that I am supporting.

I may sound like a broken record, but I generally like to offer hearty encouragement for people to "Keep the faith" to help writers keep the momentum.

I am done with today's challenge and generally do send multiple replies to Twitter folks.

Rachel Z Cornell, The ProNagger said...

Off to tweet just as soon as I ask this question.

If I click on the RT icon it simply sends the tweet, w/out giving me the opportunity to write anything into it before it sends. Is there a way to do this so I can add a few words before it’s sent. Right now I cut and paste the RT portion into a new tweet.

Thanks,
@ProNagger

Robert Lee Brewer said...

Yes, Rachel, what I do is copy the tweet I want to RT. Then, I paste it into a new message with the RT and the twitter handle of the person I'm RT-ing.

That's a sound strategy, Amanda!

Erika D. said...

For some reason, I'm not always able to copy and paste the tweets. (The pasting part doesn't always work.) But I agree--that's the ideal way.

Yes, this one was easy-peasy, Robert. "Done." Thanks!

Gail at Gail-Friends said...

Done....it's a whole new world and out of my comfort zone, but I'm willing

Susan P said...

Done. So much amazing content to choose from! I am going to try to check in on everyone if I can.

Misky said...

Done. Now I'm turning off this computer so my brain can migrate back to my head.

Rowanwolf said...

Done. :D

Lauren Miller said...

All done. Maybe if I make this a daily practice this month I'll be able to make it a permanent habit. Awesome to get so many new friends on Twitter!

Anne Kimball said...

Just a quick question and then off to complete the challenge:
Is it tweeep or tweet when you send something out?

Joe O. said...

Hi, in case someone doesn't answer before I do, a Tweet is the action verb. Tweep is your fellow Twitterers. (That latter is made up word.) :) Anyway, I too will do this in the course of the day, and remember the use of lists to keep your content categorized. Looking at your total timeline can be overwhelming and can quickly be a time suck.

Twitter: @js_orozco

Sheila Good said...

Done! Trying hard to get this twitter thing down!

Lynn Daue said...

I'm catching up after a weekend away. So far, so good - I've entered into some illuminating conversations with other writers.

More on Days 6-9 here: http://rhymeswithtao.blogspot.com/2012/04/aprilplatformchallenge-days-6-9-leave.html#.T4LqY05SQy4

Mary Bauer said...

Done. This one was fun. I like connecting with other people. I'm glad we didn't have to sign up for something else today. I need to learn to work with what I have.

Melanie Cole said...

Done! Loving it!

Connie L. Peters said...

Done.

E. B. Pike said...

Done! Thanks for hosting Robert --I feel like I'm making a more concerted social media effort each day. :)

Azaliah Nkawa said...

I've had my twitter account a while but I rarely reply directly to someone. I follow mostly celebrities but I'd love to interact with real people especially writers. I will definitely 'follow'members from this blog. It's difficult me to write, blog, Facebook, tweet, and still have a life.But I guess we all have that problem.

I'm behind in this challenge but I'll be playing catch up now that my kids are back in school.

Azaliah
Twitter @azheaden
www.wix.com/azheaden01/azaliahnkawa

Claudette Young said...

This I can do in no time. That's a blessing of massive proportions. I was answering tweets last night, so this could be fun.

Thanks, Robert.

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

HELP!!!!!!! For those who have been twittering or who have grasped chirping happily.. I am in risk of grave narcissistic injury with THREE followers. Need to change my profile to something shorter... If nothing else this "tweeting" exercise will cut my wordiness. For others in the same boat of none to few followers could we all follow one another?... ARGH!! I never leave a challenge but I am a little at sea in the silence of tweets! (Did tweet and retweet .. and feel again as a TWIT for the first time in my life... AH A GOOD LIFE LESSON .. THANKS NOT BOB!

Jen McPeek said...

Ooh, direct contact with others! I'm on it, captain!

Mary said...

As a master at "randomness," I sent out several Tweets, FB comments, and 1 blog reply WHILE checking out my LinkedIn site--before reading today assignment.

Question: I posted a Tweet through http://bitly.com/ (so that I could shorten the URL I referred to) and the post also appeared on my FB page. Have I set Bitly to post to both places? Is it automatic?

Romelle Broas said...

Done! I'm realizing that social media is turning into a full-time job for me. I don't know why it took me an hour just to finish this task alone. Add blogging, commenting, etc., and that is half a day. But it'll all be worth it in the long run!

Sarah Negovetich said...

Yeah, I love twitter. Sharing the love, tweet love, gives me warm fuzzies!

Kirk said...

Done.

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

Too funny! I'd already done it and a little more. Thanks for opening my eyes to a whole new world, at least new to me.

De said...

Done, done and done. ;)

the whatnot shop said...

Done!

Aaaww . . . I think I'm doing it right! But once I get my copy of The Twitter Book (ordered a few days ago), hopefully I will be sure that I'm doing it right!

Linda Hatton @MouseTalesPress

Kathy Sterndahl said...

Done. Please don't forget to add those later Tweet contacts to your list when you get a chance.

Kathy Sterndahl said...

Done. Please don't forget to add those later Tweet contacts to your list when you get a chance.

Monique Liddle said...

Robert -
I'm done with today's portion. I really am enjoying the challenge thus far and the community that is being created by it! AWESOME!
Monique

Diana said...

Having fun replying to tweets. I find it is much more fun online than trying it on my smart phone, which is much smarter than I am apparently, because I haven't figured out how to do that yet.

Rhonda said...

Done

caryl said...

I'm an old hand at this, so no problem.

Yeah, twitter can be a major time suck because there is so much interesting stuff out there to read. I'm also involved with a music loving group that posts links to great music. Between the articles, blog posts and videos people share on twitter, I can easily lose a whole morning. You have to learn to limit yourself or there's no time left for writing!

Best of luck to you newbies! I've been there. You'll get the hang of it.

Michelle said...

Woo-hoo...challenge #9 done! I love checking things off my list.

Gail Kushner said...

Done. When I look at tweets, I am surprised at how little new content there is. Everyone seems to be tweeting about things they have read, or heard, elsewhere. Is that the idea of Twitter? A place for referrals?

Rebecca Barray said...

Done! ;)

Dana Dampier said...

Done!!

Lauri Meyers said...

Like Alice in Wonderland Twitterdee and Twitterdum want me to stay and play games all day! I shall have to quietly slip away...

R. E. Hunter said...

I just discovered this April challenge yesterday. Is it too late to join in if I can catch up on the tasks from day 1?

Melanie Marttila said...

Done, done, and done :)

Elissa Field said...

The challenge itself took no time at all. I'll second the advice of this challenge -- I never "got" twitter until I started responding to others and retweeting news that struck me as important. One of our group here mentioned not having replied becs they follow celebrities -- I've actually had some endearing connection moments with actors, celebrity chefs, etc. - so don't be shy.

The longest part of today's challenge is clicking through Robert's list of people to follow. @RachelleGardner is one of my favorites. I also follow the New York Times and Guardian (UK), as great sources of news.

If it's not coming up in another challenge, I'd add that using hashtags to participate in conversations has been one of the most meaningful connections for me. For ex, right now some social media folks are using #cjsm, and publishing folks in Chicago are live-tweeting news from the Tools of Change conf there: #tocchicago. If you read/write, try #litchat, or for YA/kid lit: #YAlit, #MGlit or #kidlit.

Thanks for updating the list of twitter id's here -- I'm enjoying connecting with many here.

Andrew Kreider said...

Ok, done. This has been good for pushing me out of my comfort zone. As a strong introvert, I don't go looking for lots of extra connections, so this can feel like WORK for me. But good for building a platform. Which is why I signed on, so let's have at it!

Paul Ellis said...

Tweets a-way! And thank you for feeding my Twitter addiction.

Claudine Jaboro said...

Done! Ahhhhh!

Muddy said...

Done, and then some! I am actually having a lot of fun with twitter! I will eventually go forward with learning about lists/Tweetdeck etc, but 1st, it's back to Day 8's LinkedIn Challenge!

Brooke Ryter said...

Complete...and then some!! I am having the best time with this challenge!!

Thanks Robert and all the other participants!

bolton carley said...

Handled! We're in my wheelhouse right now, and I'm excited to have people interacting with me on Twitter.

sopphey said...

Too easy. I've been tweeting back and forth with my new tweeps since Day 4! Still working on trying to follow all the #MNINB folks though.

Pat Walsh said...

Done. Replied to three tweets, and in the process got to read some really interesting items I would probably have otherwise missed. I'm starting to see how Twitter can be particularly valuable for writers.

BTW, I'm at @PatrickJWalsh01 on Twitter, for anyone who wants to find me there.

Elizabeth Saunders said...

Done. Dr. Pearl (and other newbies), use hashtags or search words to meet other people. For example, put #amwriting in the search bar, and your timeline will be filled with people who are writing right now. Then follow a few who seem interesting to you. If you have a hobby, search on that word to meet interesting "tweeps."

Kasie Whitener said...

Done. And I second Elizabeth's suggestion about the hashtags. Some writing communities I've found: #amwriting, #stabbylove, #writer

Tweet on, folks!

Cameron said...

Done. And now off to a book signing (not mine, though I wish).

beatrix said...

Done. My head is still reeling!

imunuri said...

Done :)

AC Leming said...

Done, though still behind. I foresee library time tomorrow!

Lynn said...

Done, and although it was easy peasy, it took longer than I wanted. :-)

Lara Schiffbauer said...

All done! I'm having a ton o' fun on twitter, thanks to all the #MNINB folks!

Kendra Merritt said...

Done, though that was harder than I thought.

Beth Stilborn said...

Done. For those who want to be able to add something when they retweet, may I suggest using TweetDeck? It allows you to edit a tweet prior to retweeting, so you can add a comment of your own if you want.

Khara House said...

All done!

I actually loved this challenge because I've been fighting to urge to get a little "overwhelmed" by maintaining an online presence/platform, and the idea of it being as simple as "write on the blog. write/respond to a few tweets. update linkedin. keep up with your facebook." has been very ... soothing, I guess!

nicole said...

Hey Nicole here. Done and fun twitting fellow twitters.
Until tomorrow.

hcfbutton said...

LOL, I've been on a construction site all day and was wondering why my phone was getting all sorts of tweets. Now I know why. Good thing I've been responding too! Challenge done!

Thanks to everyone for messaging me!

Joy Weese Moll said...

Done! I fairly frequently manage three tweets a day, often in conversation.

Stephanie Puckett said...

Done! Pretty much covered just by thanking the sweet tweeple in our little community for followers!

Julia Tomiak said...

Done! Thanks Robert! It's fun to connect with others who have similar interests! I have found several other Word Nerds through Twitter!

Skipperhammond@gmail.com said...

Did it. Still don't get it.

Kirra said...

Done :-)

Jo Ann J. A. Jordan said...

Done...

Beth (Elizabeth) LaMie said...

Done. Fun today.

Mona Hill said...

Sorry to whine, and maybe I'm just late catching up but don't forget @monaahill please. Oh, btw I tweeted.

Justadreamer119 said...

Done.

Susan K. Stewart said...

I'm starting to get back into the routine of checking Twitter each day. So this one is getting done on a regular basis again.

Susan K. Stewart said...

Rachel @ProNagger -- I use Tweetdeck, a free download, to manage Twitter. With Tweetdeck, when you hit RT button, you get a chance to edit before sending it off.

Also, Tweetdeck allows you to put folks you follow in various columns. I have one column for writers (that's where I find you), another for my hobbies, another for my target audience, and so on.

Diane said...

done...just need to do it routinely like FB

Blyth McManus said...

Done! Thanks for the opportunity to connect with others on Twitter. This has been the best thing that has ever happened to my Twitter account.

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

Done - yesterday

Whoops thanks for thosevehomhelped yesterday! Elizabeth et al... Forgot to post

Meg Miller said...

Done!! Thank you for the opportunity to enter the Twitter world with ease.

Joe Lalonde said...

Done and done!

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

Done - yesterday

Whoops thanks for thosevehomhelped yesterday! Elizabeth et al... Forgot to post

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

Done - yesterday

Whoops thanks for thosevehomhelped yesterday! Elizabeth et al... Forgot to post

Sierra Steele said...

Two today and one yesterday.
It was surprisingly hard...

Donna said...

complete

Claudia Karabaic Sargent said...

Done-done. :)

Jennifer said...

Done. Who knew Twitter could be so much fun?

J. B. Everett said...

done and fun.

Donna said...

Done.

Madeline Sharples said...

Done and then some.

Evelyn said...

done

Michael Grove said...

I tweeted 3 times yesterday. I'm up to date. I hope I remembered to write "Done" here everyday...

Cerece Rennie Murphy said...

Done!

Beth said...

Done.

Kyle Robinson said...

I had this done yesterday @krobwritings on twitter, but I forgot to post it and let you know. I have it linked over to my facebook page for optimization

Susan Craig said...

Done. And still wondering how/why some people have pictures up with their comments and some don't. ??

Janann Giles said...

Done

Sabrina said...

So many things to comment on! I do hate the retweet button on twitter that doesn't let me add anything, though. Kinda shuts down the conversation.

Cecilia Gunther said...

Okey Dokey, now this WILL be interesting!! celi

Charley said...

Wow. Maybe I need to expand my Twitter follows. Done. BTW, do most of you Tweet from your phone or computer?

Marian O'Brien Paul said...

Just sent lots of tweets. Some directly to the person, some responding to a tweet.

GoingVeggie said...

Done via HootSuite. LOOOOVE that free app... and you can schedule your tweets in advance so you don't bombard your followers... of course, you miss the immediate give-and-take, but there are times for both. Enjoy! - Veggie Val

Barbara Morrison said...

Done. Responded to tweets from people I met here! Thanks for doing this, RLB.

Norma Huss said...

I've completed Day 9 (and I should be up to 13 about now, right?).

Dianne said...

done! I must admit, I'm having a hard time finding a solution to scheduling all my social media and blogging responsibilities...this challenge helped!

Sarah Mäkelä said...

Done!

Denise Stanley said...

Done!

Carol A Stephen said...

Ok, well somewhere I put up my twitter thing. I believe there was an alternate place to post that. Anyway I have had a twitter account for a long time as @carolstephen2

Carol A. Stephen
http//www.quillfyre.wordpress.com

@carolstephen2

Carol A Stephen said...

Ok, well somewhere I put up my twitter thing. I believe there was an alternate place to post that. Anyway I have had a twitter account for a long time as @carolstephen2

Carol A. Stephen
http//www.quillfyre.wordpress.com

@carolstephen2

Rena J. Traxel said...

Done. Easy as I already do this on a regular basis!

Monica Miller said...

Done! Sorta fun!

Pennie De Witt said...

Did it, and saw you Tweeting while I was there. So I made it four replies instead of three. I realize I'm a little late finding this challenge but I'm enjoying it and it's pushing me to get a lot done that I've been putting off for too long.