by Gail Farrelly
I didn't think I'd like Twitter, but I do. Three reasons why:
-- It's easy to use. Here are two articles that provide good info: "The Beginner's Guide to Twitter" by Michael Hyatt http://michaelhyatt.com/the-beginners-guide-to-twitter.html and "The Complete Guide to Twitter Lingo" by Amy-Mae Elliott http://on.mash.to/13SvBsG
-- Twitter is teaching me to be more concise. Nice, because I tend to be wordy. Each tweet is limited to a maximum number of 140 characters (usually about 20 to 25 words). And that includes spaces!
-- Through Twitter, I've found new readers for my work. The multiplier effect on Twitter is amazing. Users often "retweet" the tweets of others. That expands the audience for any individual tweeter. Hooray!
Twitter and those cute little Twitter birdies have even provided me with inspiration for some spoofs:
Here are two older ones:
"Twitter Birdie Admits Hacking Emails, May Be Recruited By FBI" http://is.gd/GT06zR
“Twitter Birds Chased by a Fox, Tweets Delayed” http://is.gd/cIg4z
And here's a more recent spoof: “Twitter Birdies Take Over Word TWEET, Real Birds Furious” http://is.gd/bTp4qU
As far as my other work goes, I recently published an online story, "Don't Forget to Take Your Vitamins http://is.gd/xdkcAF in Kings River Life Magazine. It's a fun story about a man who sends his wife to the moon; and it was published on July 20th, the 44th anniversary of the 1969 moon landing. Good timing! It's a revenge/murder story with a surprise ending.
Now back to Twitter. If you try it, you may like it. Also, you may be interested in following me @gailfarrelly on Twitter. I'll follow you back. We locals have to stick together!