May 16, 2012
Hashtags. These are everything that's immediately followed by a # sign (like the popular #amwriting). They're kind of like labels -- you can search for them and find other people talking about what you're interested in. Often writing conferences have their own hashtag, making it easy to find others who attended. I didn't realize it until I was on Twitter for a while, but using hashtags makes it easier for people to find me, too. I've made friends because of hashtags -- at least one of which I've now met in person.
Twitter Chats. People often host interviews or Q&A's on Twitter. The first time I tried to follow one, I failed. I couldn't refresh the screen in an easy-to-follow manner. Then magic struck: there's a really handy site called Tweet Chat. Type in the chat's hashtag, then follow along. When I can, I join the #sffwrtcht, which is Wednesday nights at 7:00 MDT.
Find Friends on Twitter. Twitter's awesome in that I can follow industry professionals. But, it's also pretty lonely if I'm just using it as a news feed. Search hashtags. Look through the "following" lists of people you follow. Ask people you meet at conferences if they're on Twitter. I love seeing what Alton Brown's up to, but it's even better to be able to send a congrats to a friends who's just accomplished something.
I think I've just exhausted my Twitter knowledge. Any one else have thoughts?