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Welcome back! Brinda Berry returns with her series designed to optimize my web presence; minimize the time required to build and maintain a professional presence. The first three posts in the series addressed my B-L-0-G. There are additional enhancements I want to make (as time and talent permit), but Brinda assures me I have a solid foundation.

This week we move on to another platform: TWITTER. TwitterVille has it’s own language, like Tweets and Tweeps and Retweets and Twerps.

What? That last one isn’t in the TWITTER dictionary? See why I have techie-guru-talented-writer and friend Brinda Berry knock me out of my hammock each Wednesday? You are welcome.

PSST: THERE’S A SUPER SECRET GIVE-AWAY LINK YOU CAN CLICK AFTER YOU COMMENT. IT’S COURTESY OF BRINDA AND I’M EXPRESSLY FORBIDDEN TO ENTER.

Thunk. I got tipped out of my comfort zone. Climb Flitter aboard, Brinda!

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Brinda Berry is the author of The Waiting Booth, a YA fantasy published by Etopia Press. Currently working in higher education administration, she spends her days thinking of ways to improve education for college students. Brinda spends her nights devising exciting tales that involve teens who might be saving the world.

Brinda lives in the southern US with her family and two spunky cairn terriers. She has a BSE in English and French and a MEd in Learning Systems Technology. She’s terribly fond of chocolate, coffee, and books that take her away from reality. Find Brinda :  FACEBOOK ,   TWITTER ,   WEBSITE/BLOG
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Friends Don’t Let Friends Tweet Without a Guide

by Brinda Berry

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I am basically a shy person. No, really I am.  I’m the person who hates walking up to a stranger at a party or business function and saying, “Hi, I’m Brinda and blah blah blah.” On Twitter, I suddenly feel able to make friends with someone who mentions they have a dog or they’re a writer OR they also ate cheetos for lunch. So, Twitter is a place to connect with people. There are lots of businesses on Twitter and that’s great. You should conduct yourself like a business (writing) in some aspects. On the other hand, there are business-like techniques that I say you should AVOID as a writer. I hate it when people I just met (or followed) are trying to sell me something. Come on. We JUST met.  As a creative force, you should maybe think more like a rock star or actor while on Twitter. Be likeable.

I’m going to do a bit of self-promo here and plug a few old posts from my own blog. Here is some homework for Gloria. The first post is about how you should place a period (or other placeholder) in front of a reply on Twitter and why. If you don’t practice this, you will greatly reduce the reach of your Twitter posts.  How to Engage People with Your Reply.

The second post is about making lists. Lists on Twitter help you to get to know people better. You want to be on other people’s lists. It means they like you and don’t want to lose track of you. Here is an example. Let’s say I walk into a room of one thousand people and begin randomly searching for someone who can talk with me about query writing. I walk up to persons #1, #2, #3, and none of these folks are slightly interested in this topic. #1 is talking about the World Series. #2 is talking about how she hates baristas. #3 is trying to sell me male enhancement products. This is not going well, is it?  OR I could have a list of fellow writers and access that list to see what they are discussing. BINGO. Several are talking about queries. Some are talking about open submissions calls. Others are just talking about fun stuff, but heh….we need that too.  Here is my post with instructions on lists: Pay Attention and LISTen.

And finally, you may remember that I asked Gloria to start looking at her blog analytics/stats. I told you that I believe in measurement. I NEED confirmation that I’m getting somewhere with this form of social media.There are dozens of measurement tools out there– Klout, Twitalyzer, and Twittter Grader to name a few.  I graded myself in May 2011 on Twitter Grader and and wrote a post about it: Are You Making the Grade.  The good news is that I’ve gone from a score of 87% to 94 % . Woo hoo! If you read the post, you’ll see what they’ve graded me on and why these metrics are important.

Until next week, Gloria can choose (1) to practice replies with the period in front, (2) make a list and add some people to it, (3) plug her username in Twitter Grader and see what it says!  These are my suggestions, and I do not claim to be a TWITTER GODDESS. I’m only sharing my opinions and practices. I must admit that I enjoy Twitter and hope to see you in the Twitterverse!

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THANKS, BRINDA! And, if you’re reading this, thanks for visiting. Remember, leave a comment, a question (Brinda will answer on-line) and then click here to be redirected to Brinda’s Site to enter your name in the SUPER SPECIAL NOVEMBER PRIZE RAFFLE. You can enter as often as you want. Just make sure you leave a comment before you do! (I think it’s a secret decoder ring.)




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