5 in a series of 4 on Twitter! Is Twitter a Good Resource for Writers?

Okay, Okay. I did say I was done discussing Twitter. However, Mentor Mama sent me some good Twitter information written by Glyna Humm (glynahumm.com). I felt obliged to pass it on to help everyone get the most out of their Twitterland experience.

Humm offered a list of some of her favorite Twitter applications. With so many available in Twitterland – some free, some not – I think it’s helpful to have a few recommendations. I’ve added a few of my own and I end with a question.

•   Twitzu – Promote your business, special offers, promotions and events with Twitzu. [I haven’t tried Twitzu. I have not running a business and, therefore, won’t be offering promotions, etc. I’ll take Humm’s word that this is a valuable application.]

•    Social Oomph.com – This app allows you to post Tweets at a later time and date, set up direct messages to be sent to your followers, among many other things. [I’ve tried Social Oomph. There is a free version, and an upgrade for a fee. The free version is cumbersome. I prefer HootSuite. HootSuite, a free app, allows you to see your Home Feed, Direct Messages, Mentions, and Pending Tweets on a single screen. I’ve begun to appreciate this feature more and more.]

•    Twitter Alerts – Keeps track of conversations that mention you, your products, your company and anything else, via mobile devices. [I’ve never tried this app. I signed up for Google Alerts which I imagine are similar. I find the alerts annoying, probably because I don’t understand how it helps to be told that GA has come across some information I launched onto the Internet a few days back.]

•   Mr. Tweet – A personal networking assistant for Twitter. It helps identify relevant followers, recommends other users and regularly computes Twitter usage statistics. [I could see how this could be handy especially early on or to hone in on users you don’t get randomly. At this point, as I’ve said many times already, I’m happy to have all the new followers I can get, but I am not actively seeking more. There’s too much else to spend my time on. I prefer responding to each of my new followers and letting them know I am happy to engage in real conversations.]

•   Twittonary – A dictionary of Twitter terms. It provides explanations of various Twitter-related words. [I don’t see much use in this except for newbies. I rarely come across a word I don’t know. If I did I could easily get an answered by tweeting a question.]

•   Twellow – The equivalent of Twitter yellow pages. [This one I’ll have to check out. I haven’t got a clue what yellow pages for Twitter means.]

•    Just Tweet IT – Just Tweet it makes it easier for tweeters to find other tweeters with similar interests. [This too sounds like a valuable app.]

•    Twuffer – Twuffer allows the Twitter user to compose a list of future tweets and schedule their release. [This can be done with HootSuite, see my comments for SocialOomph.]

•   Twtcard – Send a greeting card, a surprise message or an invitation on Twitter. [This is another app I’ll check out if I can find the time.]

•   Twitbacks – Free twitter backgrounds. [This sounds like a nice. If I ever have time to Twitteraway, I might try this. The best background I’ve seen so far is @domovoy2007. Hers makes me laugh every time I see it. Too bad she doesn’t speak English.]

Once again, I recommend you avoid TweetSpinner.  I mentioned in an earlier post that the company doesn’t appear to be interested in customer satisfaction, and they aren’t trustworthy about refunds.

Now look at these statistics:
225 Following, 11 Followers, 1 tweet
307 Following, 33 Followers, 7 tweets
371 Following, 87 Followers, 203 tweets

I suspect these are new Twpeeps. If I was asked which one I suspect is a ‘real’ person, I wouldn’t think twice.  The other night someone new began following me. I checked their statistics. They were following nearly 1000, and had less than 10 followers and 0 tweets. Can you explain that?

Those who can understand the significance of this question know why the number of followers a person has is not necessarily a good gauge of success.

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6 responses to “5 in a series of 4 on Twitter! Is Twitter a Good Resource for Writers?

  1. moondustwriter

    some helpful twitter info. Obviously not inclusive something new pops up everyday.

    hope you are having a gr8 week

    • Pam

      Can’t keep up with Twitter’s evolution, or any social media platform for that matter. I think one of the main reasons for all the new apps is to try to keep people using Twitter. I see Twitter as a limited resource. Too many people lobbing meaningless tweets or the same tweet scam, spam or garbage. Next question is: Does anybody read any of the tweets that aren’t directed to them?
      It’s one resource, and they’re all jockeying for our attention. Still haven’t figured out who’s really making money from Twitter. Thanks for reading, and for commenting. And, of course, thanks for the good wishes. Wishing you the same.

  2. I agree twitter can be a waste of time. I answer the replies that are directed at me being cordial but not allowing myself to get caught up on it for hours, as long as they are not spam. There is a lot of spam on Twitter.
    But I have met some good people on Twitter, of which you are one. So I do believe it is a good place met people that you may not have otherwise met. But as with anything you can over use it.

    • Pam

      Thanks for the comment and the compliment. I view you as someone who is very knowledgeable about Twitter, so I’d like your opinion on whether Twitter has a sales potential beyond a place to meet people. Is there a better place on the Internet to market items such as books?

  3. I’ve been plagued with a couple of auto-bots programmed to pick up words like “poetry” and “poem” and then turn your words into what looks like a tweet or RT. I hit the report button on all of those. The porn tweeters also thinks it’s cute to add you to their lists. They’re usually obvious from their avatars (they’re also surprisingly common).

    I’ve picked up some excellent articles and links to people worth my time but ignore much of what passes for “information”, just as I do on FB.

    • Pam

      Glad to hear from you Maureen 🙂 I’d like to say I’m glad you’ve confirmed what I’ve said, but, I’m forever hopeful that someone will appear with a solution I’d overlooked. I wish there was a magic wand that would make the spam, scam and garbage disappear. I want to be transported to Twitterland’s back lot where the “real” people gathered. I suspect that the real people, us included, continue to hang around because good people come along from time to time. However, we don’t spend a lot of time in Twitterland. When we’re there we filter out most of the messages. My question: Is any body reading the Twitter stream? If not, why do we bother tweeting? It seems we operate on a great deal of faith, or hope, or whatever you want to call it.

      I’m ready to move on to analyze Facebook, and see how it stacks up to Twitter. [key in background music of ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow]

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