Not that I haven't known twitterers, of course. (Tweeters?) Gretchin Rubin is on Twitter. After some prodding by my writing partner, Shawn Ryan started tweeting-- but aside from checking in now and then on his tweets, it wasn't a very present element of my day. And WP is on Twitter, though I think she's only tweeted once.
Lately, though, people around me tweet regularly. (It just sounds silly, doesn't it? When will the words "Twitter" and "tweet" become so normalized that they stop sounding funny?) For one hundred and forty characters or less, it's a brilliant way to keep fans engaged with a show. I'm sure it's also an effective tool for building a fan base, if that's what your goal is.
Personally, I've never really figured out how to use Twitter. I mean, I know the mechanics. I just don't understand the (for lack of a better word) culture of Twitter.
There are certain elements of Twitter that I like. Direct messages are handy. And I love being able to have quick exchanges with friends and readers, many of whom feel like friends-- thanks, in part, to Twitter.
But what does # mean? And once I know, what am I supposed to do with that knowledge? Why do some people tweet INCESSANTLY? Who should I follow? How do I even find people I'd be interested in following?
Most importantly, how should I use Twitter? How often should I tweet and what about?
Frankly, it's all just kind of baffling.
So I'm begging you. Enlighten me. Spill it. Give me the skinny. How do you tweet?