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How Writers Can Use Twitter

UnknownTwitter is making headlines today with news of its IPO. It’s a great time to explore the benefits of using Twitter for writers.

Twitter offers writers a great way to connect with other writers or publishing professionals? To start with, you should explore our collection of Twitter Directories for Writers & Publishing Professionals.

AllTwitter has also published a list of 7 Ways To Network More Effectively on Twitter, a great resource for all our readers. The site also offered resources for writing a killer bio and choosing the right profile picture.

How Has Twitter Shaped Storytelling?

Andrew Fitzgerald, a member of Twitter’s news and journalism partnerships team, gave a TED Talk called “Adventures in Twitter Fiction.”

We’ve embedded the video above–have you ever shared a short story on Twitter? Here’s more about the TED Talk:

He showcased excerpts of “Twitter fiction done right” by authors like Elliott Holt, who spontaneously created a narrative through the Twitter accounts of her characters, and Jennifer Egan, who used @NYerFiction to create episodes of Black Box, a novel she storyboarded into 140-character pieces. Twitter, Fitzgerald said, is not just a means of publication but one of production, as is the case with parody accounts like the foul-mouthed, sci-fi version of Chicago’s mayor, Rahm Emanuel, captured in @MayorEmanuel, or “fictional characters that engage the real world,” like the accounts of the entire cast of The West Wing.

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How To Receive Direct Messages From Any Twitter Follower

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Twitter has made it easier for journalists to direct messages sources or writers to reach out to readers with direct messages. You can see the new setting in the image embedded above…

If you feel comfortable communicating with other Twitter users via direct message, you should consider turning on this feature in your Twitter settings. 10,000 Words has all the details:

By this point in time, every reporter has probably tried to reach out to some potential source via Twitter. It’s awkward, and often if the subject is of interest to you they’re probably inundated with other requests … What if you want to reach someone without tipping off your competition? What if you don’t want to put all your contact information out there day in and day out? What if you’re trying to reach a bunch of people — you look like a spam bot with tweet after tweet after tweet of the same thing … Now, there’s an option to allow any of your followers to DM you — even if you’re not following them. It’s an opt-in feature, but one that could be useful for businesses and reporters.Twitter recently made a subtle change to direct messages that over time should be good for journalists. You can direct message people who aren’t following you back.

Twitter Counts 215 Million Monthly Active Users

twitter304Twitter officially unveiled its IPO today, giving readers a peek at the micro-blogging platform’s user base and performance. ValleyWag broke down a few points about the release.

In the IPO, the company counted “one million third-party” websites that share tweets (including our GalleyCat feed in the lower right hand corner). According to company records for the second quarter of 2013, tweets and Twitter properties drove “approximately 30 billion online impressions.” Check it out:

We have already achieved significant global scale, and we continue to grow. We have more than 215 million monthly active users, or MAUs, and more than 100 million daily active users, spanning nearly every country. Our users include millions of people from around the world, as well as influential individuals and organizations, such as world leaders, government officials, celebrities, athletes, journalists, sports teams, media outlets and brands. Our users create approximately 500 million Tweets every day.

Manuscript Wish Lists Hashtag Returns

Hundreds of agents, editors and publishers have shared their manuscript wish lists on Twitter yesterday, once again using the popular MSWL hashtag.

Below, we’ve created a Storify post linking to many of the posts from the hashtag–they are arranged in a massive list, in no particular order. The list is perfect if you are looking for a literary agent or some literary inspiration.

Did your novel make anyone’s list?

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Six Word Festival Opens on Twitter

The inaugural Six Word Festival opened today on Twitter, and runs until September 26th.

For three days, a group of celebrities will post prompts on their Twitter feeds to elicit responses in the form of six-word tweets.

The participants include journalist A.J. Jacobs, chef Todd English, and the cast of Orange is the New Black.

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Amy Tan Sparks Book Cover Meme

Novelist Amy Tan inspired fans with review copies of her new novel to pose with the cover. As you can see by the photograph embedded above, her new cover looks very spook beside a reader’s face.

We’ve embedded a Storify post below collecting more fan-shots of the book. Check it out:

Yesterday, Amy Tan posted a playful picture of her forthcoming book, The Valley of Amazement. The result? A Sleeveface-like meme, as people lucky enough to have galleys of the book, which comes out in November, sent the beloved author their own half-face shots.

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Teddy Wayne Essay Generates Twitter Controversy & Hashtag

Kapitoil novelist Teddy Wayne published a satirical essay in the opinion pages of the New York Times‘ Sunday Review called “Explaining Twerking to Your Parents,” generating controversy and a trending hashtag on Twitter.

The Inquisitr has more details about the Twitter trend and the controversy. Check it out:

The #askteddywayne hashtag pokes fun at Teddy Wayne’s fluffy twerking piece, a piece which relies heavily on the underlying joke about white people not understanding black people, and some ick-inducing socio-economic stereotypes.

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Twitter Starts To Connect Stories To Authors

Twitter has started to link online stories to the Twitter account of the person who wrote the article. AllTwitter contributor Allison Stadd illustrated the technique by responding to a New York Times article (image embedded above).

When a reader tweets a link to certain articles, the tweet will automatically include the author as well. Our sibling blog AllTwitter has more details:

It’s a welcome update for journalists and bloggers, whose work often becomes separated from their bylines as it disperses across social networks. I personally make an effort to mention whoever wrote an article in a tweet that I send about the piece, but not always, and it’s certainly faster to skip that step. The feature seems to be active only on mobile, and only for certain news organizations (Huffington Post, New York Times, CNN, etc.).

Six Second Storytelling Advice

Author and comedian Ted Travelstead has built an ongoing story with Twitter’s Vine video tool, playing both characters in a funny set of conversations between hillbilly twins in the big city.

You can watch all his Twins Talkin’ videos here. We’ve embedded the first video in his series below. He called the six-second video platform “a fun, goofy toy.”

Travelstead published The Petraeus Files: All the Photos, Chats, Poems, and Other Super-Secret Emails They Don’t Want You to See with St. Martin’s Griffin imprint and has more than 30,000 followers on Twitter.

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