Remember the scene in Star Wars where Han Solo is trying to escape the bad guys in his Millennium Falcon by putting the ship into hyper-space (I think that’s the right word)? Individual stars are quite visible around them, and then all-of-a-sudden he punches the accelerator-thingy and off they go – stars surrounding the ship, blurring all tunnel-like. Well, that’s what happened to me.
For the last few days, I’ve been immersed – like drinking from a fire hose – in the Twitter universe trying to learn how to use it as a social media tool. I was trapped in that black-hole and have just punched out into hyper-space. Now, out of Twitter-land for a while, here are some important things I’ve learned:
1) Twitter is not at all what I expected. Expectations of another Facebook - the negative side, on steroids – was entirely not true. That was a relief.
2) Twitter is a GREAT place to learn. My intention was to connect with writers and bloggers on Twitter and this was tremendously rewarding. In fact, I felt like the guy who goes to the strange planet in those sci-fi movies, who found the planet so fascinating that he decided to stay on the new-found orb. Woops – the only problem was that I had to come back to reality to well … spend time with MLB, pay bills, feed the dog, eat, etc.
3) People are much friendlier than I had imagined. I have “virtually” met some extraordinarily gracious writers who are so willing to help and encourage other writers, especially noobs like me! I’m sure they don’t get the recognition they deserve for impacting rookie writers/bloggers. So in a small way of honoring them, do check out these links, or Twitter handles, to some terrific writer-mentors:
Christine Nolfi Christine Nolfi @christinenolfi on Twitter
Kait Nolan Kait Nolan
Kristen Lamb’s Blog Kristen Lamb
Writer Unboxed Therese Walsh & Kathleen Bolton
Wordbitches The dynamic trio of Leanne Shirtliffe, Elena Aitken, and Trish Loye Elliott
Melissa Foster Melissa Foster @Melissa_Foster on Twitter
GIRLS WITH PENS March Kennedy & Lisa Hall-Wilson
Writing on the Wall Lynette Labelle
Call Me Bookish Kelley Lane @Call_Me_Bookish on Twitter
Wordplay KM Weiland @KMWeiland on Twitter
Write Up My Life Julie Hedlund
In an upcoming post, I’m going to go into what I learned about hashtags – those “#” symbols that you see on Twitter all the time. For now, I must get back to my new-found orb – Twitter whispers softly in my ear, “Come back, my friend. Come back.” hehehe