Authors can use Social Networking sites to connect directly with their readers and keep them apprised of their latest activities, including release dates, travel schedules and appearances, progress on their current project, whatever else they'd like to share. The communication can go both ways: often, these sites allow readers to post comments or leave messages, so you can hear from your readers directly (perhaps a great number of them)!
MySpace, Facebook, and similar sites allow you to create a profile, post items of interest to you (including links to your books) and lets you create a network of "friends" who follow your postings and updates.
Random examples of facebook and myspace pages of writers include:
Lois McMaster Bujold
Twitter is a bit like micro-blogging, asking you to constantly answer the question, "What are you doing?" Users can post very short text messages (up to 140 characters). The posts ("tweets") are short, quick, and real-time, easily allowing your readers to follow your updates throughout the day (and you to follow others). It is all about participating in the conversation.
Some things authors tweet about include:
Examples of authors who tweet are:
Laurel K. Hamilton
Pres. Barack Obama
Tweetdeck – http://www.tweetdeck.com/
Dashboard which allows you to stay organized and manage your conversations, group followers, and monitor conversations through permanent search queries.
Hoot Suite – http://www.hootsuite.com/
Schedule your tweets, compress links and track stats, and manage more than one account from the same location.
Bit.ly – http://bit.ly/
Compress links and track who many click through stats.
Tweet Stats – http://tweetstats.com/
Monitor your and your followers' tweet stats – when they tweet, who they reply to the most, trends in frequency.
TwitPic – http://www.twitpic.com/
Make your account more dynamic by adding photos to it! Log in with your Twitter user name and password and upload photos to the site. You can either upload the photo directly from the site to your Tweet feed or upload it and post a link to your picture in a Tweet later.
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