Wednesday, April 08, 2009


I've been toying with Twitter lately. Twitter is a social networking application on the Internet where people do real time updates on various things. There is a lot of self help, life coaching, and other topics but there is a lot more to Twitter than say Facebook.
Again Twitter is real time communication. You can "follow" people (and organizations) who do and say things that interests you.
For example since I'm interested in marketing my book, I follow people who market books professionally. I'm also interested in songwriting so I'm also following some songwriters and other industry people who send out messages to Twitter and anyone who is following these folks see what they have written in real time. The beauty of Twitter is that the messages can be no longer than 140 characters. So people who send out "tweets" have to be concise. You can embed links to your website in the messages. The idea is that if you can say something interesting, the people who are following your "tweets" might click on your link, go to your site, and buy a book, sign a petition, vote, etc. It's an interesting concept.
I'm still not convinced that it can help me market books, but there are definitely some interesting things going on. The number of people who are on Twitter grew by thirty percent during the month of March. Millions of people from all walks of life are participating.
Again, the jury is still out whether it can help me move a few books so I'll keep you updated.

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