After trying Tweetdeck, I’m sticking with Hootsuite

June 28, 2011

I’ve long been a Hootsuite advocate, teaching clients and colleagues how the tool can help you use Twitter effectively and save time. But two weeks ago Hootsuite made a change that has its community up in arms. The company added a publisher function that allows teams of users to better coordinate. Great feature. Except that […]

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Tell me this doesn’t make your morning

March 28, 2011

A friend turned me on to We Sing Your Tweets, and I simply cannot get enough. How did someone not think of this sooner? This duo calls the tweets they sing “sweets.” I can’t figure out how to embed one of their videos here, so click on the image for 20 seconds of entertainment.  

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Strategies for juggling multiple Twitter accounts

March 23, 2011

Another question from a reader! Emma writes (I’m sharing this with her permission): I am a regular reader of your blog (The Traveling Writer), and I would love to get your opinion on managing multiple social media identities. For my day job, I am a co-author (with two psychologists who are professional colleagues) of The […]

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The best way to get a literary agent’s attention on Twitter

March 16, 2011

Readers occasionally write to me with questions about social media or travel writing. Last week an e-mail landed in my inbox that I figured you’d all be interested in, so I asked its sender for approval to share her inquiry on the blog. Awesome reader’s question: I’m a big fan of your blog and I […]

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What’s the best connection you’ve made on Twitter?

February 28, 2011

Joining Twitter two years ago was one of the best things I’ve ever done for myself professionally. The network is awesome for a lot of reasons, including the valuable information that’s served right into my lap and the ideas it inspires. But the best benefit of Twitter is the connections you can make there. So […]

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Join The Traveling Writer community on Twitter

August 25, 2010

A writing friend just joined Twitter, and I’m trying to come up with suggestions of tweeps for her to follow. That got me to thinking: wouldn’t it be awesome if I could give her a list of all the readers of this blog? A while back I built a Twitter list that includes members of […]

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Quick plug for @travelmemoir

May 13, 2010

If you’re writing a travel memoir or enjoy reading them, hope you’ll follow @travelmemoir on Twitter. We’ll offer tips, helpful links and book recommendations, as well as notes about what’s going on in the Travel Memoir Writers Ning group. [tweetmeme source=”alexisgrant”] Should be a good resource.

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Another reason writers should use Twitter

May 11, 2010

You all know I think writers should use Twitter. And Facebook. And other social media that helps you create your own community. Here’s yet another reason you should use Twitter: that’s how I connected with my agent. Well, not directly. I have long followed Rachelle because her tweets about publishing are helpful and entertaining. But […]

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How to use social media to look for a job

April 21, 2010

Update: I’m now offering a social media course that will help you reach your job-search goals. It’s called Make Your Own Luck. Would love to have you! A lot has changed since the last time I was in the market for a job. Fresh out of j-school in 2005, I gave my resume and clips […]

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Do Twitter & Facebook help or hinder your writing?

April 14, 2010

The Los Angeles Times book blog ran a post last week about a writer who went off Facebook and Twitter for the first three months of this year to focus on her project. Edan Lepucki blogged about the detox, concluding that she didn’t miss the sites as much as she thought she would. Which begs […]

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