A question about Twitter…

Still fielding questions from Twitter and this one comes from Suzy:

You seem very connected with people on Twitter. What do you like most about this form of social media?

I do love Twitter; it’s my favorite form of social medial although I did finally cave and open an Instagram account which is BLISS. (I follow very positive accounts there and Instagram is an immediate mood-boost for me.) But Twitter is where my people are. I chat with writer friends, readers, librarians, and bloggers. Here’s what I love best about it:

*It’s connection. Writing is an isolating business 95% of the time. I don’t have an office with other people; I don’t go out and see humans unless I make an effort. It’s easy to slip into hermit mode and live in your yoga pants or kimono. Twitter is a reminder that there are other people out there.

*It’s a hivemind full of experiences and knowledge greater than mine. I can log on anytime day or night and people I know are posting from around the world. I can dash off a quick tweet and invariably get a response–a very useful thing when I need to know something.

*It’s broadening. My Twitter feed is a bit of an echo chamber. I tend to follow people whose values coincide with mine, and seeing how those values play out in other countries under other systems of government is fascinating. I have also been inspired to do things I wouldn’t have done without the example of Twitter pals who are more politically active than I was. I have made donations of money and blood, signed petitions, called and emailed my representatives–all things I probably wouldn’t have bothered with before Twitter.

*It’s entertaining. I can always count on Twitter for a pithy cartoon or an otter gif.

*It’s informative. With so many of our media outlets more concerned with clicks and ad revenue than reporting facts, having people sharing their experiences from demonstrations, protests, sit-ins, and rallies is crucial. I’ve also been able to follow news feeds from media outlets in other countries which offer a perspective that is global rather than Americentric.

What I don’t love: it’s a time suck. Since I can pop in anytime, I DO, and that means that minutes slip by without me noticing I’ve done nothing truly constructive. Since I’ve just finished a rest period, that’s no problem, but now I’m moving into a time where I will be researching and writing my third Veronica book and my focus is shifting. I’ll be promoting A CURIOUS BEGINNING’s paperback release in July, but otherwise my tweeting will be a bit curtailed.