Seeing as you’re reading this right now, you can personally attest to the fact that brevity is not, nor has it ever been, my forté. This reason, more than anything, has always stopped me from signing up for Twitter. I’ll admit, I hated Twitter when it first cropped up, but most of my initial annoyances with it seem to have faded away. I still thought it was not for me: it takes me roughly 7 times longer to express something simply than to ramble on about it. And my overly wordy style, even when technically fewer than 140 characters, is probably not really suited to the medium. Plus, I already spend my Friday afternoons worrying about boring all of you!
But all that ends today. Today I capitulated in the battle with myself (better luck next time, me) and signed up. There are things I quite like about Twitter. It’s a nice way to keep connected with clients and publishing colleagues—especially those I only see at events and conferences. Some celebrities I enjoy are on there, being amusing or informative. And I’m a big fan of the clever hashtag (perhaps Twitter’s greatest contribution to discourse). It’s also a potentially valuable promotional resource, with a bit of luck, and I might as well know the ins and outs of it if I’m going to discuss it with clients. I’ve been quietly stalking Twitter for some time now (following Twitter accounts via Google Reader), but today I decided it was probably best to actually engage with it. Now I just need to make a pact with myself to only allow 3 attempts to phrase a thought in the requisite characters or concede it wasn’t worth sharing in the first place.
So Twitter fans, please feel free to come follow me @LaurenAbramo.
Of course, that means I now have to figure out whom to follow, so would you please offer recommendations below? Authors, publishing folk, and excellent tweeters of all stripes welcomed.