- Remember it's a PUBLIC forum. This means that anyone who follows you, or searches for something you might have mentioned can see your Tweets. That's a GOOD thing. But if you think you're having a private conversation just because you're @ tweeting someone? Newsflash: Other people can see it. So only say what you would in public. And be prepared for others to jump in the conversation. If they do, welcome and include them. Please.
- Tweet links to help out other writers. Share the love the same way you do in the blogosphere! I click on links all the time, and I try to tweet those I think are especially useful to other writers, and explain why. This helps 1. The blogger that wrote it. 2. Someone who may benefit from reading it. 3. You.
- Use Hashtags. There are many that writers follow. Such as, #amwriting #amrevising, #query and #writetip. Also make up your own! #Cuzitsfun and #writersarealittlecrazythatway
- Participate in online chats. like #YaLitChat #WritersRoad and #KidLitChat. It can make you dizzy watching the tweets fly, but it's a ton of fun and I promise if you do more than lurk it'll be worth it! Don't know where to start? Try this link from @InkyElbows.
- Retweet things that deserve a RT. You clicked on a link you liked? A quote that inspired? A comment that struck a chord? Pass it on!
- Use Twitter solely for self-promotion. When someone follows me, I click on them. I look at your bio, possibly others I trust who follow you, and your LAST SEVERAL TWEETS. If I see you promoting your book or blog several times in a row, I can't close the window fast enough. IF I see you saying things of value, whether that's humorous, annectdotal, or links/retweets of interest, I go ahead and follow you back. Then if you occasionally tweet for yourself, I forgive you. And I MIGHT EVEN BE INTERESTED IN SUPPORTING YOU!
- Give a play by play of your life. Please. I don't need to know you brushed your teeth this morning and when. Unless you accidentally used mousse... So if you can make it interesting, GREAT! But if there's no emotion, no reason, etc. then it probably didn't need to be tweeted.
- Say anything you might regret later. I know I touched on this above, but it's such an important point. You should be yourself, but you should also remember that what you say represents you. So if you say something unprofessional you might regret it later.
Did I miss anything? Do you like Twitter? Why and why not?