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Thursday, April 5, 2012

This Twitter's Not Just For Stalking

Warning: Cute Face hides addictive qualities

I'll be the first to admit it; I use The Twitter to follow my favorite writers, celebrities and other super awesome peeps (like my fellow Lady Scribes). It's fun to see what they're up to, who they're with and what they're doing.

Some might say Twitter is a complete time suck (some might be right).  
What was I supposed to be doing again?

WHAAAT?

However, in  lieu of an intervention my defense, Twitter can be useful.  







No really. While I was writing this blog last night The other night fellow Lady Scribe, Olivia Kelly, was tweeting a question about cheroots in the Regency Period.  Of course in my infinite knowledge of Regency stuff (layman's term), I gave her my .000002 cents worth. (Yeah, you read those zeros right. I write small town contemporary romances, which totally lends itself to people's habits in historical times.) Anyway, Olivia received lots of input and advice to help her write her current Work In Progress.  The tweets were flying fast and furious, containing such gems as:

   Then he jumped into his Corvette and sped off into the night. And the zombies ate them all. The End

   While smoking his cheroot. Respectfully away from any chicks.

 <----This is my great contribution!
Zombies aren't impolite smokers. : 


Who wouldn't learn about smoking during the Regency period with help like that?

OMGOSH! Joanna Bourne just followed me! I have to tweet something really witty.  Wait, wasn't I supposed to be writing about Zombies smoking cherry bombs in Regency England? ;)

Have you been on Twitter, and do you like it? Or do you prefer facebook? 

HAPPY EASTER!!!







55 comments:

  1. Marquita,

    I'm sorry I missed THAT conversation. :D

    I love Twitter. It's home of the one-liners & there are some funny Tweeters. I've learned to use FB because I'm told there are tons more people using it & I like it, too. Both can be time wasters, but it's also very fun connecting with readers and other writers.

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    1. It was truly enlightening, Samantha. ;)

      Honestly, I like facebook more for my personal stuff. I do have a fan page, but I'm not published yet, so I'm not sure what I can offer my fans, lol!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. Too funny. I am sorry I missed that one too. I am more comfortable with Facebook and slowly getting comfortable with Twitter. I do need to check in on it more often. Yes, both are a huge time suck. But we all need to take that break and be in touch, right?

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    1. Exactly, Jane.

      Twitter is a great break time activity that quickly! ;) Hope to see you on there more!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Marquita ~ I love Twitter. Not quite as much as Olivia Kelly, whom *I* got hooked on the site, but I do love it. I find it is much easier to engage in conversations with people than Facebook. Like Samantha said, it doesn't have to be either or... but if there was only one social media site - I'd be happy if it was Twitter. ;)

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    1. It's true. My addiction really is all Ava's fault.

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    2. Actually, Ava, it's *your* fault and Kaylee Ruddle's that I ever got on Twitter. So thanks enablers! ;)

      I find Twitter to be much easier (and faster) to engage in conversation, too. I can't remember, but are you on pinterest?

      Thanks for stopping by!

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    3. Olivia ~ LOL. There are so many things that are my fault. ;)

      Marquita ~ I'm not on pinterest despite Kaylee Ruddle telling me I should. I'm so afraid to get hooked on something else. I already need my iPhone on me at all time, should someone mention me on Twitter. ;)

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  4. I LOVE Twitter. I have the funniest conversations there. But I also LEARN things on Twitter- I actually do. I know that when I am having a problem with a detail in the story I'm writing, I can hop on Twitter, and odds are in my favor that I will find someone who can help me. Or at least point me in the right direction.
    I've also found it invaluable for networking. I've been able to talk to, and hopefully identify myself to, several editors and agents that I would normally have to wait to meet at a conference or something. And then I would be fighting for their time like everyone else in the room. This way, I'm hoping a few of them might recognize my name, vaguely, when we actually meet in person. (I've had this theory proven out already, which is very, very cool!)
    I like Twitter because you can have multiple conversations, and like any conversation in a roomful of people, anyone can jump in. But what makes it cool is that this conversation is talking place all across the world. One person can be in California, one in Australia and one in Maryland. I love that. :)

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    1. Thanks for having my back, Olivia. We can learn things on Twitter. Useful things that come with their very own hashtag. #mancandymonday is where I go to learn about men and their favorite poses for the camera. ;)

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. I love Twitter, way more than Facebook, but I have to turn it off if I want to, you know, actually get anything done. That little Tweetdeck box popping up in the corner of my screen saying, "Look at me. Look. At. ME!" is way too distracting.

    I also find it dead useful for following publishing people. You can get extra insight into agents' preferences, for example, and learn about on-line pitch opportunities if you follow the right people. I have actually pitched on Twitter (when invited, never, EVER out of the blue).

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    1. You make a very good point, Ashlyn. And it's a supremely good thing that box doesn't pop up with pictures of kittehs making cute faces.

      I agree; Twitter is useful for agent and publisher insight. They even have "chat" sessions on there. It's great!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. In our defense of last night, Isobel Carr was incredibly informative about smoking practices in the 19th century. AND, the conversation DID start as talk about how much historical detail is too much.

    The brain-eating children and zombies (in kilts this morning, I see) were just creative writing tangents, used to keep our minds sharp.

    (That's my story and I'm sticking to it.)

    I love Twitter and FB, in fact. It's funny because over on the Revenge today, Maureen is talking about something similar. LOL! Great minds! I use FB more personally. Anyone can follow me on Twitter, but I post more family, friend oriented stuff on FB. When I get an agent and publish, I'll set up an author page and use it more for promo.

    But Twitter I use almost exclusively to connect with writers. And I agree with Olivia; I have some of the funniest conversations. There are some incredibly witty and lovely ladies in the writing community! :)

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    1. Yes, she was, Marnee. Which is why I maintain that Twitter is a useful time suck, lol!

      You have a great social media plan in place, Marnee. Can't wait to see you published! We really are lucky to know those ladies (like you, of course).

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. I cannot get through a day without Twitter. LOL. Yes, it can be a huge time suck if you allow it, but it can also be insanely helpful.

    Like others have mentioned, there is almost always someone around who can point you in the right direction when you're stuck on something. And people are almost always quick to jump in and help out.

    I've found out important things there, like the other day when we were under a tornado warning. I knew the skies had turned dark and thunderstorm-like, but I hadn't turned on the TV or radio, or gone to weather.com, so I didn't know how bad it was going to get. But then people in my Tweet-stream were talking about tornadoes touching down in Arlington, and so I figured out I needed to look.

    It also feeds my hockey addiction. I will not mention how many hockey players and former hockey players (and wives and girlfriends...) I follow. LOL.

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    1. Oh, and I forgot about Facebook. Largely because I forget about Facebook. I really only go there anymore about once a day, see what anyone has replied to/liked, and then move on. The rest of my social media efforts are spent at Twitter. I find there to be a bazillion times more interaction at Twitter, and IMO interaction is what we're striving for in terms of marketing and reaching out to readers. My Facebook...I often wonder why I still keep it, other than supposedly you've got to have one.

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    2. Same here, Catherine - Twitter is my go-to. I'll check Facebook once a day, but it is still just largely my highschool friends, as opposed to Twitter where almost everyone I connect with is in the business

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    3. Well, Catherine and Erin, at least we now know we're not alone, lol!

      And I agree with you both. Twitter is business, but it's fun business. ;)

      Thanks for stopping by ladies!

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    4. Thanks to twitter this week (and Catherine's addiction, plus the addiction of a few other lovely tweeters), I have the info I need to uncock an early 19th-century pistol in an accurate and believable fashion. Thanks again, Catherine!

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  8. I use Twitter to read witty quotes, otherwise I run away from it and head to Facebook.

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    1. Oh noes, Misty. Join in; we won't bite...much. ;) But you have a point, Twitter can be overwhelming while facebook is much more sedate.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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    2. MIsty - I think it took me a while to get the hang of Twitter. So, don't run completely away. Come over to the dark side. ;)

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  9. Ok, I'm on Twitter more often now than I am on Facebook. It's my friends fault for that. I take that she did warn me not to do it, so I guess it's my fault. Plus when I'm having a bad day I just have to read Olivia tweets and start laughing. Especially today with your guys zombie chase.

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    1. No one warned me about Twitter, Melody. No one! That hussy Ava was all about Twitter and how much fun it was, then fellow Heart of Carolina member Kaylee backed her up.

      At the time it all seemed soo harmless. Boy, was I wrong. :)

      Thanks for stopping by!

      PS Don't worry Zombies can't swim.

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    2. Lol. Oh good I will add that to my escape plan.

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    3. So now I'm a hussy?!?!? LMAO! Just wait 'til I see you next, Lady Valentine!

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    4. I guess it's a good thing I'm not going to RT? hee!

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    5. You guys are the reason I'm addict to twitter. I might have to check myself into rehab.

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    6. How do we know that zombies can't swim? Have we tossed them in to see?

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    7. We would like a sacrificial lamb to see if zombies can swim. Any volunteers? This would be greatly appreciated. Just to let you know your service will not go unnotice.

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    8. Aww, Melody. That's sweet. We are slightly crazy on there.

      And Catherine - don't even get me started on zombies. Marquita knows what I think about zombies... I've been really good not repeating it here on the blog. So stop tempting me. ;)

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    9. I dedicate this blog to you, Ava. May your parts never rot off! hee!

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    10. May my parts never rot off! The nicest thing anyone has said to me this week . LOL!!

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  10. Hi Marquita! I am on Twitter and FB but I think I prefer FB. I end up turning Twitter off during the day to get stuff done, and when I check in--pow! So many things to read through that I feel behind. But I love doing writing sprints via Twitter with my writing buddies--that's a huge plus. :)

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    1. Writing sprints are so much fun, Lily. And they are such a great way to network while getting one's writer butt in gear!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  11. Let's be frank--I have no wisdom to share (on Twitter or anywhere else), but I'm constantly spewing my rhetoric (aka genius!) to the masses. On days when I'm called into work, thus cutting off my social media for hours at a time, I'm twitchy. It's almost as bad as caffeine withdrawal, complete with delirium tremors and drool. But I'm not an addict. I can stop at any time. Really. I can.

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    1. But I don't want to be Frank;I prefer a different name, lol!I love your crazy daily facts, Andris.

      I mean, what if I am in Arkansas and want to bathe a donkey in the middle of the street while wearing a fedora? You've let me know that I could be arrested for that. Thank you!

      Yeah, lack of Twitter gives me the twitches, too.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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    2. I can tell you from personal experience Arkansas cops HATE fedora-wearing donkey-bathers. It charges their tasers to the limit! ;}

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    3. LMAO! I must have missed that daily fact. I'l have to check it out!

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    4. Me too! Andris's daily facts always get me giggling!

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    5. Aww, you ladies, you make me blush. *Batting lashes coyly.* Keep it comin'. Baha!

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  12. I like twitter better. But that's only because I'm addicted to certain facebook games. Really I see more interaction on twitter than facebook.

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    1. I do too, Beth. Plus Twitter doesn't have that dumb timeline--yet.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  13. ROFLMAO! I really wish I hadn't missed that! So funny! I am addicted to Twitter more so than FB, although I have also heard that there are more readers on FB than twitter. But Twitter is way more fun LOL. Especially with characters like Marquita and Olivia online. It's hard not to get involved. Love this post and regency zombies with cherry bombs totally rule!!!!!!!!!

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    1. I think Twitter allows people to be silly and serious, Suzie, because it feels like one big party. That might be why I like it more than facebook.

      Next time, Suzie, we'll make sure you're on there before we begin those types of conversations. ;)

      Thanks for stopping by!

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    2. Sweet! Because I love to be silly! And it's only better when insanity comes in a pack. =D

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  14. I prefer Twitter too, only because there are so many tweets I feel like my little snippets will only be there for the blink of an eye. Less posting anxiety that way! Though I do post to Facebook, too. Pics. Lots and lots of pics. ;D

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    1. Less posting anxiety! Good point, Cynthia. I wonder if that's why I'm more comfortable with that than posting things to WALL that feel like they'll stay there forever. ;)

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    2. Yeah and like I mentioned above, that stupid timeline doesn't help things. *grumble, grumble*

      Thanks for stopping by, Cynthia!

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  15. Another giggle-worthy post, Marquita. Thank you! (And, gee, I am sorry I missed the zombie/cheroot/hilarity conversation last night, though I'm not sorry to have missed brains discussion...)

    I love twitter. It's so different from Facebook, though, they're tough to compare. Mostly, I've met wonderful people, and gotten to know folks I already knew better through chatting on twitter, so I'm a devotee for certain. :)

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    1. I don't know, Katharine, the brains discussion was the meatiest part of the conversation. ;)

      I feel like I talk to more people on Twitter, mostly because of the RT thing and my profile being public. That helps I'm sure.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  16. I like both FB and Twitter entirely too much! Sometimes I'm amazed at how fast time goes when you are just 'chatting!"

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    1. That why there can only be one, Deb! Time *does* fly when you're having fun or supposed to be finishing something...hee!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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