What’s the latest news?
Here’s another recent article from the BBC: “Ten Days of Twitter Chaos” to give you more background info.
Getting Twitter Verification
The main thrust of the article above by the BBC is getting Twitter Verification:
“The platform will charge users who want a blue tick verified account $8 (£7) a month, after initial reports of a $20 monthly fee were met with complaints by some celebrities, including author Stephen King.” BBC article on the link above.
Eventispress’s view is that ‘For most of us ordinary mortals, we will not need verification or a blue tick; unless you are famous, make loads of money, have loads of money, wish to stroke your own ego, or you have problems with anyone impersonating yourself on social media.’
If you would like to look into it or apply, here’s the link:
Why do authors use Twitter?
- To reach and engage with readers
- Because (and is it a myth?) that publishers see the number of followers as a gauge to popularity and marketability. Read Ol Adams great article on this: “How Many Followers do you Need to get a Book Deal?”
- To publicize news and events in your writing life
- To share tips, useful links and news with other authors.
- To relax, unwind and just have fun tweeting!
Why are some users are leaving Twitter?
The Guardian says the following:
This makes an interesting read as to who has gained momentum and who has lost out in the take over.
We’ll give Eventispress the final say here,
‘For most everyday authors on Twitter our advice is take no notice. If you find Twitter a good way of reaching out to folks, readers, friends and other authors and more than that if you enjoy being on Twitter, then we suggest you carry on regardless, but of course it is your choice.’