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by Ruth L. Snyder (Goodreads Author)
The next book I'm going to tell you about is a guide how to use Twitter without spending too much time, especially for authors.
Prior to the start of the manual, there is an excellent overview with a chart of the chapters.
Now to the manual:
First, there is a short introduction to Twitter as a text message service. The author depicts the benefits, e.g. tweets happen in real life, casual conversation leads to building relationship with people all over the world, tweets build your platform (all you want to remark about your books etc.) and how Twitter generate sales in general.
Then she explains how to begin your Twitter experience in the best way: adding your bio, your handle and how to set up your account so it is personal and unique.
Chapter 3 is about how important your profile picture and header area are and some recommendations are mentioned.
After every chapter is an exercise for the readers and pictures with arrows help to understand all. Everything what needs to be said and what you should know, is to find in the explanations.
From there on she discusses what kind of tweets are supportive and interesting for your audience and what you should do to increase your followers. However, she also comments that having followers or following people should not happen with the thought in mind to gather many followers, but to connect and to have real chats. Quality is more relevant than quantity.
The following topics sequential after the already discussed ones:
- What you shouldn't do on Twitter
- What are hashtags and how to use them? What are the popular hashtags for writers?
- What are link shorteners and for what are you using them?
- How often do you should tweet per day?
- Tools and sites to use
- How to schedule your tweets and why this is important
- Notifications, trends and mentions
- Smarter topics to tweet about and tweet templates
And in the end there is a Twitter glossary which is really useful and recommendations what to read after this manual.
All in all, a great manual for writers. The only point which disturbed me a bit while reading is that the author doesn't differentiate enough which tools and sites to use with Twitter are actually free or not. I know from experience that some sites offer only their product for a limited time free, e.g. Commun.it. I couldn't really find this information explicitly pointed out in the description of the tools and sites. It also would have been nice to have a more clearly arranged pro and contra list for each site/tool.
Even so, I give the manual 4 full stars :)
I recommend it for all people who want a well-written and comprehensible overview of Twitter, especially for beginners and writers.
While Snyder’s target audience is the writing community, this tutorial will meet the needs of anyone interested in joining Twitter, whether for personal enjoyment, or with other promotion in mind.
What’s the book like? First, Snyder doesn’t assume her readers know the basics, so quick definitions and explanations are tucked into the text. This is appreciated as delving back into a glossary can cause readers to lose their train of thought.
For a tutorial, Snyder’s content is surprisingly readable and interesting for the Twitter newbie. Explanations are clear and concise - perhaps the result of raising five children. Screen shots with arrows pointing to a relevant box make navigation a breeze. I found myself looking forward to trying the next “Your turn!” at the end of each chapter, as I invariably felt successful after meeting each new challenge.
I suggest someone interested in learning how to take part in the Twitter community plan to follow this tutorial over a period of time. Broken up into step-by-step chapters, going slowly will allow the reader to absorb what they’ve tried, and put it into practice.
This book isn’t only for new tweeters, though. Those who are familiar with Twitter will gain from reviewing the Dos and Don’ts of tweets, what goes into a good tweet, and general rules of following and sharing. It’s easy to get into lazy habits, so fine-tuningTwitter activity will serve to enhance the reader’s return for time invested. Moving on in the book, information takes the experienced tweeter to more in-depth understanding of this social media tool. Many will want to leave the later chapters until they’ve had time to get used to the site. Others, though, will appreciate taking their tweeting to a new level.
Twitter Decoded has something for everyone who is interested in using Twitter as part of their social media experience. Definitely worth the investment.
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