Don’t make this mistake on Twitter
Twitter is a powerful social media tool, no doubt. And I keep meaning to get better at using it. More consistent, more strategic. But I often feel like my grandmother trying to run a PC for the first time. This is me: “Direct message? What’s that?”
A while back, I stumbled across a post by Angela James telling me 10 things authors should know about using Twitter. Relevant, right? Indeed! Already I discover in item #1 something that I’ve been doing wrong:
1. When you start your tweet with the @ symbol, your whole tweet stream doesn’t see what you’re tweeting.
Starting with the @ creates a reply. Not a broadcast to your tweetstream. So only the person you “replied” to and those who follow both of you will see it. In other words: starting a promotional tweet with an @ is ineffective and wrong.
@angelajames taught me something new about Twitter today (only I and people following both of us will see this tweet. Sad. I want people to know how awesome I am!)
If you absolutely want to start with that person’s name, you can get around this by simply adding a period at the beginning of the tweet.
I think I need to sign up for a remedial course in Twitter. I’m slow but willing to learn.