Why I Heart Twitter (And You Should, Too)

twitter bird iconUntil very recently, I was a Facebook junkie.  Seriously, at least every 10 minutes scrolling through my feed, liking posts indiscriminately, sharing with equal recklessness, and posting more than a few questionable statuses.  It was so bad that I swore off it for a few days, which turned into a few weeks, and I still don’t spend a whole lot of time on there (although I plan to do a bit more for the sake of this blog).  I think the reason I never really got back into Facebook is the fact that most of the people I really care about are those I see in real life, text, talk with on the phone, email, and otherwise interact with on an individual basis.  Plus there are a lot of political rants that I really prefer not to see.

Then when I really started getting serious about growing LeilaReads, I noticed that most blogs had Twitter accounts.  I dusted off my own account, started tweeting and following, and now I’m hooked.  Like, seriously.  My husband gets really annoyed, and I just tell him I’m doing all the Twitter stuff in order to drive traffic to my blog.  He’s got this idea that I may actually make money with this some day.  Just ask Ashley at Nose Graze: not gonna happen.

Anyway, there are a few reasons I heart Twitter.

  1. It moves way faster than any other social media platform.  Who has time to read more than 140 characters?  Well, I do, but I like how there’s a little snippet that allows me to determine whether to click and spend my time on something.
  2. I have access to way more people.  It’s really tough (at lease for me) to discover new people on Facebook.  On Twitter, I see what everyone else is doing, who everyone else is following, and I discover new awesomeness everyday.
  3. People talk to me on Twitter.  No, I’m not some type of hermit or leper.  People do like me in real life.  But people I admire from afar, like authors and other bloggers, talk to me on Twitter.  Nowhere else have I found (outside a book signing) where such venerable persons as Courtney Summers, Seanan McGuire, Sherry D. Ficklin, Amy Ewing, Lauren Oliver (!) and several others actually (squee!) respond to my tweets.  I’ve had actual conversations!  Freaking amazing!
  4. And of course, the readership and stats of LeilaReads has grown exponentially since I started tweeting with purpose.

Do you heart Twitter?  What other social media platforms do you heart?  Or hate?

This Post Has 15 Comments

  1. Julie

    Oh I agree, Twitter seems so much friendlier than Facebook, and there are no expectations, no issues with things not showing up, etc. Just go with the flow and have fun. Takes the pressure off. Plus, I met you on Twitter 🙂

  2. Writer Chick

    After years, I’m finally starting to understand the twitter-verse. It is fun – I just never have time because FB is holding me prisoner. Maybe I’ll change that. You make a compelling case.

    1. Leila

      Yeah it takes some getting used to, but it’s awesome. Thanks for commenting!

  3. Stephanie Faris

    I’m still working on figuring it out. Someone taught me how to make lists, so that helped! I can track people I want to keep up with. I’d followed so many people early on I had a genuine mess!

    1. Leila

      That’s one thing I’m still figuring out. Lists. I’ve been added to a few, but still not sure what that means. Now I know it helps you, I’ll give it a shot.

  4. I love twitter! It really is the easiest way to find people with common interests. I’ve had several conversations with bestselling authors there. 🙂 Thanks for linking to Quote Me Thursday!

  5. Whitney

    OK SO! I am new to Twitter, as in the past 2 weeks or so and I LOVE IT for exactly all the reasons stated above! I can’t believe I waited this long to join! I’m totally going to follow you.

    1. Leila

      So glad you like it! And thanks for the follow. I hope I don’t disappoint 😛

  6. Finley Jayne

    Nope, no twitter over here, or fb for my blog. I do have a personal fb page but I only have a handful of followers-mostly relatives, and I’m not very active with it (I check in 1-2 times and that’s about it). I’m not into social media because I don’t have enough time in the day as it is, to add other time sucker lol. My blog is enough for me 🙂

    1. Leila

      It is a huge time sucker. Especially if you have several accounts over all the social media outlets. That’s why I just use Twitter. But I can’t say it would be a bad thing to stay off social media altogether. I’m just not there (yet?). Thanks for commenting!

  7. I really love twitter too! It’s so much easier to approach people on twitter than on other social media platforms, even celebrity authors. It’s also a lot more like having a conversation than most of the other ways I interact with bloggers and it’s how I get most of my bookish news 🙂

    1. Leila

      I’ve met so many awesome people! And I do love how we can have conversations. 🙂

  8. Ashley

    I’m only vaguely aware of how Twitter works, and I plan to keep it that way. Though the idea of getting my favorite authors to talk to me does sound tempting. I think Twitter would either feed my narcissism (not what I’m looking for), or depress me with the realization that nobody wants to talk to me (also not needed). Plus I’d have to start using hashtags, which could lead to the complete atrophy of my ability to write in full sentences.

    1. Leila

      Twitter is one of those things you kinda have to use to learn. I wasn’t interested in it before I started blogging seriously, so I can understand why you don’t want to use it. And I also hate hashtags. I use them only very rarely.

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