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
John Purcell (aka Natasha Walker) is the author of The Secret Lives of Emma trilogy published by Random House Australia. The Secret Lives of Emma: Beginnings reached the top ten on the Australian fiction charts and Natasha/John was the tenth highest selling Australian novelist and third highest selling Australian debut author in 2012. The trilogy has since sold over 50,000 copies in print and ebook and has been translated into French and Polish. John has worked in the book industry for the last twenty years. While still in his twenties he opened John’s Bookshop, a second-hand bookshop in Mosman in which he sat for ten years reading, ranting and writing. Now he is the Head of Product and Chief Buyer at booktopia.com.au.