Jaime taught that Twitter is a great tool for writers to connect with other writers, industry professionals, and readers. I didn't get to Jaime's class, but she sent me her power point. I'm going to share a bit of her advice here.
Find people with similar interests
Form relationships with groups of people
Keep up with people & events in real time
Twitter is not Facebook or a place to spew out advertising. Twitter is not private.
Twitter is all about connecting.
Make a good handle (I'm @taffylovell)
140 characters (spaces, periods, etc count)
Can include links
tweet = posting on Twitter
RT = retweeted~ You can retweet a whole tweet or add a comment if there's room
DM = direct message~ a private message
hashtag= used to mark events or keywords in a tweet (like #storymaker13)
There are some really good hashtags for writers. You can also join twitter chats. Here are the ones Jaime showed:
(Double check times)
#litchat – Mondays, MST: 2-3 p.m.
#kidlitchat – Tuesdays, MST: 7 p.m.
#ThrillerChat, Wednesdays, MST: 6 p.m.
#YALitChat, Wednesdays, MST: 7 p.m.
#bookmarket, Thursdays, MST: 12-1 p.m.
#scifichat, Fridays, MST: 12-2 p.m.