I'm not a technophobe. Yes, I have an old-fashioned cell phone without a keyboard - because I don't text. I don't text because I'd rather actually have a conversation. And use proper grammar rather than half spelled words and phrases. But I admit it took me a while to realize you could use Twitter on the computer. I thought it was just a phone thing, which was why it was limited to 140 characters. Once that got cleared up, I thought about using it. Then I remembered how hard it is to come up with items for my Facebook status, and promptly erased said thought.
But at my June RWA chapter meeting, it became apparent Twitter was bigger than my phobia/laziness. The fabulous Eliza Knight gave an amazing presentation on social media and promotion. She detailed, step by step, how Twitter can help exponentially grow a writer's presence. How tweeting about something like buying a new PC vs. a Mac can attract the attention of people who aren't labeled as romance readers, but still do love to read. How hash tags (#) can let every single person who follows the Bachelorette's ongoing drama suddenly be aware of your presence.
Then I went to RWA. It was ALL about the tweets. Everyone is doing it, and suddenly I felt like the one person in the room who still used cassettes in a CD world. So I took the plunge. I'm on Twitter. @christi_barth is my handle, and I hope you'll all follow me. I promise to be fun, funny, informative..wait, that is a lot of pressure. I promise to TRY to be all those things. Meanwhile, how many of you are on Twitter, and how is it going for you?