Wednesday, February 17, 2010
I'm a Twit.
Wait, that's NOT how I'm supposed to say that I have finally started using Twitter? Hmmm...
Yep. I've given in and gotten a Twitter account. You can blame Duotrope again: I fell in love with some literary webzines that only accept Twitter-length fiction, and they require that authors have a Twitter account to submit... and so here I am! You can find me at CKHBFiction.
If you do follow me, I hope you'll understand that I'm starting out slowly, with few updates. I'm of the belief that jumping headfirst into new media is how naked pictures end up online forever... no, not naked pictures of me... okay, we're getting off track here. My point is that I don't want to accidentally type something really embarrassing that will haunt me forever. I want to wait until I understand how Twitter works, and then type something really embarrassing on purpose.
So, if my initial posts aren't interesting enough for you, you can check out my list of Twitter fiction markets (fiction or poetry in 140 characters or less), or see what my author friends are doing. I've got myself a shiny new "retweet" button on each blog post now, and I can see the addiction building from here. Yowza.
So, you veterans, what should I know about Twitter? It looks like replies that start with an "@" show up in people's profiles but don't show up on my home page where I follow them? Does it make a difference if you start with the symbol or use it partway through the update? I got hash-tagged a couple days ago, and while I think that #CKHB looks awesome, I don't actually know how all this coding works or what it's supposed to do... educate me!