Though the book blogger community is filled with wordy people, a lot of its communication is restricted to 140 characters. That’s because of a lot of it happens on Twitter. There, people share reading ideas, have discussions about books, chat with authors, and dozens of more things besides. And I haven’t been participating in any of it.
I’m a decade or so late to the party – Twitter was created back in 2006 – but I’ve finally bitten the bullet and signed up for an account. As some of you probably noticed, I’ve been trying to track down as many of my blogging friends as possible there. It is slow going, but don’t be surprised if in the next few days, you have me as a new follower. If you are looking for my account, you can find me @KristenTwardow. I plan to tweet and retweet primarily book and publishing related items, but who knows what else will appear? (Tweets by Magic Realism Bot will inevitably sneak in. I’m a sucker for the absurd.)
Still, I’m left with a ton of questions. Twitter is a whole new world full of hashtags and systems that I only partially understand. Should I flick through #AmReading or #BookAddict? Is #WhatToRead more helpful than #GreatReads? What authors should I follow? I should probably not follow every living author that I love…right?
If you have any advice for this neophyte, please share! I need all of the help I can get. (And I was serious about the author question. If you know of any particularly grand Twitter accounts, I’d love to hear about them.)