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Dear writers: It’s finally time to join Twitter. Here’s how to get started.

We get it: That little blue bird is intimidating. But as more and more authors, agents, and editors turn to social media to connect virtually in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, you’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain by joining Twitter. Here are tips, strategies, and best practices from other authors on getting started.

It's finally time to join Twitter. Here's how.

The book reviewer

Shapiro, the Washington, D.C., librarian, is busy working on a book about the playful side of Twitter. “You want to find a way to bring value to other people on the site,” he says. “If something funny pops up on the screen, they laugh a little bit, and that’s value. You can be playful and reveal your personality in your playfulness.”

He notes that putting one’s foot in one’s mouth is almost inevitable when learning a new form of social media. For instance, he often direct-messages some of his followers with book suggestions and requests to retweet an under-represented author’s posts. This frustrated one follower in particular, who asked him to stop messaging her. (Note that many Twitter users find direct messaging troublesome; tagging someone with the @-symbol is less problematic.)

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