I shed my Twitter handle @StacyWrites for my name.
My new Twitter handle is @StacySJensen. If you followed me before, you still do. I just appear with my new handle in your list.
If you aren't on Twitter or don't really know how to use it, the Writer Unboxed blog via @NinaBadzin has answers to your questions. She shared two posts about The Art & Science of Twitter. If you struggle to use Twitter, take a moment to read the posts.
Badzin mentions you shouldn't go for cuteness or anonymity when choosing your Twitter handle. Two years ago, I picked a name that expressed what I do since my first and last names were taken. Honestly, I didn't know what Twitter was when I joined. Dropping the @StacyWrites made me feel like an adult shedding a beloved nickname. It was time to grow up.
I enjoy connecting with people through Twitter. I like the challenge of crafting a message in 140 characters. The process helps me edit and stay focused.
My personal take away from Badzin's posts? I need to:
- Put people I follow into lists. So I can more easily follow them. Badzin explains lists more here.
- Utilize a program to spread out my Tweets. She mentions HootSuite, Tweetdeck or Ubersocial. I'm referring back to this post by Alexis Grant on the difference between Tweetdeck and Hootsuite before I make my decision. Why use a program? To avoid multiple tweets in a few minutes and then no tweets at all. I tend to Tweet in bursts and that might tick some followers off.
- Turn off notifications. Why bother with the emails when I can check notices when I'm on Twitter. I may keep the new follower notices, just to help me make sure I don't miss them.
One thing Badzin's posts don't mention is where your Twitter handle ends up on the Internet. After I changed my Twitter name, I made a list of places to check, change and retype my Twitter name.
As I began this post, I remembered the link on my contact page. Oh, my. I don't want my cyber DNA to leave a broken link.
How do you use Twitter? Be sure to leave your Twitter handle in your comment.