Baby Steps: How to Tweet for Complete Beginners

Posted By on November 11, 2014

Lots of people sign up for Twitter accounts then quit. One primary reason is that it seems complicated even though the concept sounds simple. Twitter consists of just two things: Writing and sending your own tweets Responding to other people’s tweets (retweeting) That’s clear enough, right? Well, no, because for every tweet and retweet you […]

Advice from Susan Orlean: Using Twitter to Engage with an Audience

Posted By on October 28, 2014

Susan Orlean, author of The Orchid Thief and Rin-Tin-Tin,is also a Social Media Queen with over 279,000 Twitter followers. I interviewed her before her appearance at Seattle Arts and Lectures a while back and decided to pass along this :39 second gem of her wisdom in audio form. Susan is a proponent of using Twitter […]

How I Used Twitter to Curate the #SameSexMarriage News

Posted By on October 7, 2014

When a big news story breaks, we now turn to Twitter as a primary news source, tracking stories second by second as they evolve. But how can you find what matters most to you and join meaningful conversations in the information deluge following a major story. Here are the steps I took to curate my […]

Knowing Who Can See Your Tweets Can Help you Find Followers

Posted By on September 23, 2014

The beauty of Twitter is that it’s public. Any tweet can, potentially, be seen by anyone else on it when your followers retweet it to their followers, and their followers to theirs, and so on to 271 million people on Twitter. That means people with large followings have a greater chance of their tweets being […]

Why Retweeting Is As, If Not More, Important than Tweeting

Posted By on September 9, 2014

As a beginner, crafting a 140-character tweet that actually says something is a feat! But it’s just one way to interact on Twitter. Learning how to retweet – re-posting someone else’s tweet — lets you reach people you might not otherwise. Retweeting eases the hard work of tweeting. Instead of spending hours tweaking uninspired tweets […]

Social Media Time Management? Five Ways to Avoid Drowning

Posted By on September 2, 2014

I like social media but I don’t let it suck my life. I use the following social media time management tips to keep the long (and short) tail from sinking my little ship.

Twitter is like a TV Show until You Join Conversations You Care About

Posted By on August 26, 2014

Recently I’ve become interested in helping out honeybees. Last night I went looking for conversations about beekeeping on Twitter and discovered the buzz about Julianna Marguiles winning an Emmy for her role in The Good Wife. I’ve watched all five seasons, but there was no way I was going to add my tweet to the […]

What the heck is RT? Ten Terms You MUST Know to Twitter (but Are Afraid to Ask)

Posted By on August 19, 2014

If you’re a new user, Twitter can seem like that annoying clique in the 5th grade who spoke Pig-Latin so everybody knew how cool they were. Thankfully, there are only about ten terms that are essential to how to Twitter while getting started and adhering to Twitter etiquette.

How Social Media is Helping Fight the Biggest Fire in Washington State’s History

Posted By on July 29, 2014

We stopped to fill up in Marblemount, the last town with gas before we headed up and over the Cascade Mountains. Inside the minimart, the cashier was losing her mind. Every person who walked in wanted information about the Washington State’s largest ever wildfire raging out of control on the other side of the mountains. […]

Circulating Poetry on Social Media

Posted By on May 28, 2014

I went on way too long about my pet peeve when someone asked me about the negative impacts of social media on poetry. I was at the Skagit Poetry Festival on a panel about technology and the future of poetry. Many poets believe that social media will catapult them into the limelight if they learn […]