It’s silly, really, that’s what it is… and it shouldn’t be much good to anyone…. But somehow, against all reason, it kinda works.
Each Tweet (message) must be under 140 characters. Which isn’t much. But suddenly, no one needs more. It is as though Twitter has brought the pleasures of brevity to a verbose world. Even authors have learnt how to be succinct!
Celebrities have loved Twitter from the get go. (To Demi Moore, filling 140 characters must have seemed a bit daunting. But she got the hang of it.)
Celebs love it because it is pseudo contact with the world. They Tweet, we read.
And we reply, en masse. Replies which are largely ignored. But, but, it’s like they’re our friends!
The important bit for a celeb is, we follow. That’s money in the bank because it shows that their ‘brand’ is viable ie: bankable. Oh, and it’s good for their egos.
Now, everyone is jumping on board. Even intellectual types.
Stephen Fry started the trend, there can’t be much doubt about that. With his 1,368,155 followers he is king of the boffins!
But what’s it all really for?
Networking. Distraction. Ummm… No good reason?
But then, we’ve found that Twitter is good for one thing. It’s the best place to communicate with your favourite authors. They seem to reply. They respond. Why? Because the poor isolated buggers need you!
Nervous, stressed and harassed by doubts, authors have turned to Twitter in their thousands.
Support the Arts – follow an author on Twitter today… Every retweet is thankfully received.
About the Contributor
While still in his twenties, John Purcell opened a second-hand bookshop in Mosman, Sydney, in which he sat for ten years reading, ranting and writing. Since then he has written, under a pseudonym, a series of very successful novels, interviewed hundreds of writers about their work, appeared at writers’ festivals, on TV (most bizarrely in comedian Luke McGregor’s documentary Luke Warm Sex) and has been featured in prominent newspapers and magazines. Now, as the Director of Books at booktopia.com.au, Australia’s largest online bookseller, he supports Australian writing in all its forms. He lives in Sydney with his wife, two children, three dogs, five cats, unnumbered gold fish and his overlarge book collection.