Join in the Love Revolution–#MyWANA

Welcome to WANA Wednesday, based off my best-selling book, We Are Not Alone—The Writer’s Guide to Social Media. Today, I am letting you guys in on a cool new development. I am launching the #MyWANA hashtag group so that all of us have a place to congregate beyond this blog and make it easier to spread the love. Not that I don’t still want to hear from you guys here in the comments, but I chose the title of my book for a reason.

We Are Not Alone!

Social media is, above all else, social. It is a community. So what I would like to do is extend this little community we have here on the blog on to Twitter. We all need love–writer love, blog love, or even just friend love. The Internet can be a scary place if you are doing this by yourself. Well, now you don’t have to. We are going to be your adoptive Internet family….your Twibe.

Many of you guys are starting blogs. Others of you aren’t sure you want a blog and you might be watching and learning. Some of you guys have been using WANA principles for a while and you are social media pros, with maybe some tips and insights you would love to share with your fellow WANA peeps. We have an awesome network going here at the blog, and I think the addition of the #MyWANA might help making friends a bit easier. We can cross-promote and help and support each other.

I chose #MyWANA to keep it short, but the other unspoken word is #MyWANATwibe, #MyWANACommunity, or #MyWANAPals or #MyWANAPeeps or #MyWANA Family. The #MyWANA column is the place where we all can gather and chat and have fun. By joining all of us together with a common hashtag, this will make it far easier to locate each other. Rather than individually searching for each other by name (@KristenLambTX), we can just follow anyone who pops up in the #MyWANA column.

There is strength in numbers, and platforms are easier to construct if we have help.

But some of you might be scratching your head.  You might find yourself asking, What the heck is that # thingy I see all the time? I don’t even know what a # does, so how on earth will a #MyWANA help?

First of all, download TweetDeck (or a similar application). Trust me. It will make life simpler. Check out this earlier blog for why.

What is a #? That little # symbol is going to help you build a worldwide following. I know. That’s partly how I did it. And, now, for the first time ever, it will allow you to talk to your fellow WANA peeps, trade tips, read and promote each other’s blogs, trade recipes, gather resources for world domination using sea monkeys and an egg beater, whatever.

So what is the darn #, Kristen? Focus!

Well, when you first join Twitter, you are all alone…save for the celebrities that Twitter gives you, but it isn’t like you and Lady Gaga are going to chit chat. So, you are going to have to make some friends. Hashtags will help you meet people who love to talk about the same things you do. When you place a # with a keyword at the end of your tweet, Twitter slots your tweet into a conversation shared by people all over the world bound by topic (like #MyWANA).

Some popular writer hashtags are:

#writegoal (place daily writing goals and keep each other accountable), #amwriting, #pubtip, #indie, #bookmarket, #amediting, #nanowrimo, #agent

But the one to rule them all will be: #MyWANA …

One # to bring them all. One # to find them. One # to rule them all and on the TweetDeck bind them. 

Okay, wow. Sorry. That took a dark and unexpected nerdy twist. You get the idea! :P

Back to what #s do. Thus, when I tweet about my blog, often it looks like this:

@KristenLambTX Want to know how to use Twitter to help build your platform? (link goes here) #writegoal #nanowrimo #pubtip

My Tweet now will not just go out to my specific followers, it will be seen by the THOUSANDS of people all over the world who might be participating in those three popular hashtag conversations.

Why I recommend you download TweetDeck is that you can slot each hastag into its own column and then follow the people and conversations. When it comes to social media, we must interact and be vested in others, or we risk being perceived as fake and selfish. The hashtag is to help us meet and converse with others. It is not a new way to spam our fellow tweeps.

With the addition of the #MyWANA column, this will allow you guys (and me) to gather on Twitter and help each other out and even get to know each other better. Your goals, thoughts, dreams, blogs and books will all remain top of mind and plugged in to your WANA family so we can help. If you are brand new on Twitter, without a friend in the world, you can now just seek out your Twibe #MyWANA and we will take you in and offer love, shelter and a tasty digital beverage.

This is a #MyWANA grassroots movement.

Writing is a lonely business and building a platform can be overwhelming and, frankly, terrifying. There is a lot of misinformation out there about social media. #MyWANA is the place where you can find quality information and the best peeps on the web. If you guys have friends or family who need to build a platform (not just writers), tell them about #MyWANA, and invite them to join the fun.

#MyWANA…where our peeps hang out.

I continually brag that I have the BEST peeps on the web. You guys are THE highlight of my day, and I am so thrilled that I will not only get to see you guys here, but also in the #MyWANA circle.  WANA principles are based on service above self, and I am really happy to bring you guys just one more tool to help each other out. And I will be there too, doing all I can.

What inspired Twibe #MyWANA? Recently I taught an on-line class for Write It Forward. I watched in awe how my WANA principles brought together a group of strangers and made them friends. Every day I would watch how these writers visited each other’s blogs and commented, offered feedback, helped each other with content, and even subscribed to each other’s feeds. At the beginning of March I had a roster of individuals. As of yesterday? I said good-bye to a cohesive force, bound by love, community and service. These writers inspired me to take that kind of community cohesion another step…and #MyWANA was born.  That, and I am totally selfish and couldn’t really say good-bye to such awesome people. Now I can hang out with them via #MyWANA…and you can too!

So what do you guys think? Excited? Scared? Isn’t it liberating to realize you don’t have to build your author platform all by yourself?

We are not alone! Isn’t that cool?

I love hearing from you! And to prove it and show my love, for the month of April, everyone who leaves a comment I will put your name in a hat. If you comment and link back to my blog on your blog, you get your name in the hat twice. If you leave a comment, and link back to my blog, and mention my book We Are Not Alone in your blog…you get your name in the hat THREE times. What do you win? The unvarnished truth from yours truly.

I will pick a winner every week for a critique of your first five pages. At the end of April I will pick a winner for the grand prize. A free critique from me on the first 15 pages of your novel. Good luck!

Note: I am keeping all the names for a final GRAND, GRAND PRIZE of 30 Pages (To be announced) OR a blog diagnostic. I look at your blog and give feedback to improve it. For now, I will draw weekly for 5 page edit, monthly for 15 page edit.

Important Announcements

Mash-Up of Awesomeness is posted today so keep scrolling!

Will post last week’s/ month’s winner on Friday (Sorry, last week I was sick with a bad cold and there are a lot of names to tally. THANKS :D ). Check back, please.

May 9-13, 2011, I will be teaching an on-line Building Your Author Brand with Social Media Class for only $15 to support the wonderful Long Island Romance Writers.

My new book, “Are You There, Blog? It’s Me, Writer” will be out in less than a month!

Mash-Up of Awesomeness

Add additional depth to your story with symbols. Great WriterUnboxed post by the mega-agent Don Maass.

Cool mindbender blog by Manon Eileen. Geet your geek on with Does Our Perception Fool Us?

A great blog for this week, in light of Bin Laden’s death. A tribute to the heroes, since those are the people we should remember. Piper Bayard’s We Drank Champagne and Remembered.

Some really cool posts about Norse mythology by Terrell Mims. Great post about Loki, the God of Mischief

Hilarious post by the Genius Word Pirate Chuck Wendig… Why Writers Drink

Interesting post by Peter St. Claire, What is a Serial Killer?

Author Amy Shojai has one of THE best pet blogs. Want to keep your dog from digging? Go here.

Don’t Fear the Comma by Orlando Ramos

You don’t have to know code to build a website. Great post for the technologically-challenged by Jane Friedman.

Very cool nostalgia piece by Earl Brussel The Day We Got Lights.

Yes, I am totally poaching @4KidLit’s mashup for last week, namely because there are a TON of killer writer blogs listed (and I am totally lazy and NOT going to type all them out). Adventures in Children’s Publishing always post fantastic links for all kinds of writers, so seriouly go check out their site.

Want to learn about LinkedIn and see if it is a good fit for your platform? Check out Jenny Hansen’s post Build a Writing Network with LinkedIn.

Want the skinny on the best TV shows to watch this summer? Take a peek at Tiffany White’s Tele-Tuesday .

For mystery lovers, K.B. Owen has a great post about Nancy Drew. Girl detective and master slueth.

Want to laugh? Subscribe to the funny and brilliant Tawna Fenske’s blog. This week’s post, ‘Getting Hitched’ Sounds Dirty if You Say It Just Right

And finally, one of my FAVE blogs. Jody Hedlund posts some of THE best material on the web for writers. Excellent post this week, The Three Stages of Querying

Have a blog you just LOVED this week, but it isn’t listed in the mash-up? Tell us about it in the comments or tweet it on #MyWANA.

Until next time….

In the meantime, if you don’t already own a copy, my best-selling book We Are Not Alone–The Writers Guide to Social Media is recommended by literary agents and endorsed by NY Times best-selling authors. My method is free, fast, simple and leaves time to write more books.

 

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  1. #1 by Clay Morgan on May 4, 2011 - 1:56 pm

    I’m liking the hashtag movement. You’re going to become Miss Twitterverse. I can see you flexing from here. You are a movement starter.

  2. #2 by amyshojai on May 4, 2011 - 1:57 pm

    Still learning to use TweetDeck and hashtags better–great post. And sooooo proud and pleased to be one of the classmates-of-awesomeness to inspire #MyWANAfwends. *s*

  3. #3 by Pamela Mason on May 4, 2011 - 2:01 pm

    Yippee!

    I was trying #wana without the ‘My’ & got all sorts of interesting things on tweetdeck! Ha!

    Thanks again Kristen for a wonderful class, great attention to all of us, and connecting us to make new friendships. My world is bigger, brighter, funnier, & smarter thanks to you.

  4. #4 by K.B. Owen on May 4, 2011 - 2:02 pm

    Kristen, this idea rocks! Glad I’m not the only one struggling to manage tweet lists and track everyone I want to keep up with. And thanks so much for putting me in your mash-up this week!

    Now go and fix the publishing industry, ok? We’ll wait here ’til you’re back ;)

  5. #5 by Jane Sadek on May 4, 2011 - 2:08 pm

    OK – it looks like blogging three times a week is not going to be enough and I get the hash tag thing, but I’m struggling with tweet deck. OK – so I haven’t struggled. I downloaded it, couldn’t figure it out and haven’t opened it since. OK – I’m going to tweet deck. I am. I really am!

    • #6 by Les Howard on May 4, 2011 - 2:32 pm

      Tweetdeck will make your life a lot easier. Don’t give up too soon.

  6. #7 by Scott on May 4, 2011 - 2:14 pm

    If someone doesn’t use tweet deck.they can always list #MyWANA or create a search for their favorite hash tags. Which is what I’m about to do!

  7. #8 by Christine Ashworth on May 4, 2011 - 2:26 pm

    I am SO there! I should have been in your blogging class…sigh. Still having troubles there.

    But Twitter is working just the way you say it would – which still amazes me! Thank you!

  8. #9 by Elle on May 4, 2011 - 2:32 pm

    Great idea!
    I find it difficult to keep up with everybody too.

  9. #10 by Manon Eileen on May 4, 2011 - 2:32 pm

    Woohoo, this is exciting :D Wonderful!

    Thanks a lot for the shoutout, Kristen!

  10. #11 by Jess Witkins on May 4, 2011 - 2:33 pm

    I’m glad you shared what inspired you to start the #MyWANA community. That really shows something about how you teach and foster creativity and writing if your students are bonding like that. Very cool. I’m excited to follow along!

  11. #12 by Stacy on May 4, 2011 - 2:40 pm

    Holy Moly! Thank you for rec’ing Tweetdeck. I’ve been putting off trying it and finally just installed. Wow! I can see everything without having to go through individual lists, and I love the hashtag feature. Great idea.

    Thanks!

  12. #13 by Danielle Meitiv on May 4, 2011 - 2:45 pm

    Love #My WANA and all the amazing peeps I met through your online class. Thanks for all the awesome things you do – see you online!

  13. #14 by Terrell Mims on May 4, 2011 - 2:45 pm

    I am exited about #myWANA or is it your WANA? Ah well. I hope this thing blows up….the good way. Thanks for the shout out.

  14. #15 by Maryann Miller on May 4, 2011 - 2:56 pm

    My head is literally spinning. Don’t even know what Tweetdeck is, but I guess this is the challenge issued to me today. LOL

  15. #16 by Sharon Hamilton on May 4, 2011 - 3:01 pm

    I’m excited. Scared too. What a wonderful idea. You gonna tell us how to sign up too? I’m so on board. The fact that I would be able to interface more completely with people who follow you and your tell-it-like-it-is, yet positive posts, is incredible. Much gratitude here.

    • #17 by Stacy on May 4, 2011 - 3:23 pm

      If you’re talking about Tweetdeck, it’s so easy. I’m techo-challenged, and I’m figuring it out. Just go to Tweetdeck.com and you can either Dl for desktop (that’s what I did) or Chrome/Firefox. Once it’s installed, you can add/delete columns and keep track of everyone. It’s great when you follow so many people:)

  16. #18 by Catherine Johnson on May 4, 2011 - 3:05 pm

    Ace idea! Thanks Kristen!

  17. #19 by Sharon Hamilton on May 4, 2011 - 3:14 pm

    Okay, I just had to share. Signed up for Tweetdeck. Reposted your blog on Twitter, and saw it tweet on my screen with my picture on it. How cool.

  18. #20 by Piper Bayard on May 4, 2011 - 3:16 pm

    Yea! A #MyWANA community! Great idea, Kristen. Thanks for organizing this. I wove my twibe!

    • #21 by K.B. Owen on May 4, 2011 - 3:30 pm

      I think we’re all going to be talking like Elmer Fudd…”that wascally wabbit…” :)

    • #22 by PaigeK on May 4, 2011 - 3:35 pm

      Piper, I randomly clicked on your profile and laughed my a** off. As it’s usually my business making other people laugh, I enjoy when other writers catch me off guard. Excellent bio!

      Paige

      • #23 by Piper Bayard on May 4, 2011 - 4:12 pm

        Thanks Paige. :) I credit Kristen with that. She told me about a year ago to send her my bio. I sent something inoffensive and accurate. Her reply? “Boorrrr – iiiinnngg. I don’t get why fiction writers write 150,00 words of lies and then think they have to be honest in their bios.” She talks more about it in her first WANA book.

        • #24 by PaigeK on May 6, 2011 - 4:12 pm

          That’s such great advice. I’m just now mulling over what to put in my bio without being boring either. I mean, no one cares whether I enjoy Mozart while eating Melba toast, right? Grabbing her book is on my “to do” list fo sho.

  19. #25 by PaigeK on May 4, 2011 - 3:32 pm

    I love Twitter, but hashtags always looked like something teenagers used to tell the world they “were sad” #imheartbroken…hahaha. Today’s post made so much sense though. I see how they’re essential for reaching a wider audience.

    Thanks Kristen!

  20. #26 by Tiffany A White on May 4, 2011 - 3:34 pm

    Thank you for your fabOoolous WANA, your class, your help, and the blog love today! I can’t express how happy I am that I attended your workshop at DFWcon, and then signed up for the WANA online workshop. I’ve met the best people, and have now launched my blog which I enjoy writing…it’s all because of you! And my WANA alum, of course…we really do have a great group of folks.

    Great post – GREAT mashup! I’m looking forward to a few posts that slipped past me like Jody’s. Another thanks for the list of hastags. I few are new to me. Last – I highly recommend tweetdeck….again, something you taught me!

    Kristen Lamb = Social Media GURU!

  21. #27 by nataliefaybooks on May 4, 2011 - 3:40 pm

    Okay, no more postponing to download TweetDeck. I don’t even know why I’m postponing that…

    #MyWANA is a great idea. Let’s test drive it and check some tweets :)

    And great links too.

    • #28 by nataliefaybooks on May 4, 2011 - 5:23 pm

      Homework completed: installed TweetDeck, and created #MyWANA column.

      p.s: my least post was along this same line. But when someone like you do something about it — things get a whole new dimension. Thanks for doing that. :)

  22. #29 by Patrick Thunstrom on May 4, 2011 - 3:44 pm

    Yes, this is a great idea, Kristen! Already moved to the ‘primary’ position on my Tweetdeck.

  23. #30 by kaleba on May 4, 2011 - 4:44 pm

    Thank you for this post Kristen. I’m new to Twitter and frankly, don’t really get what all the hype is about. Maybe this hashtag will spark a bit of enthusiasm in me for Twitter, and in the process teach me how to use it.

  24. #31 by Gloria Oliver on May 4, 2011 - 4:48 pm

    Can’t do it. At least not at WORK. lol. Downloaded Tweetdeck a few minutes ago here (I have it already at home and on weekends I can do #myWANA) and gave myself a panic/guilt attack! lol.
    I already cheat to try to catch glimpses of Twitter and Facebook at the office. But I have to draw the line somwhere! (Who knew trying to be an author could be so character eroding! lol)
    I need to win the lotto NOW! lol. (Or a clone, I could settle for having a clone…or two!) :)
    I wana but I gotta wait! (You didn’t know you would be a force for the Dark Side did you? (Oh LOVED the Lords of the Ring reference! Geeks rule!))
    Okay, back to work….

  25. #32 by Changing Lifestyles on May 4, 2011 - 5:18 pm

    Excellent job. I really enjoyed reading today’s post. Twitter is something that everyone can take advantage of.

    I added an article about how to set up an effective twitter account.

    Create A Professional Twitter Account

  26. #33 by Marcia on May 4, 2011 - 6:21 pm

    What an awesome idea! You’ll definitely see me there! I also do a blog of great links, every Wednesday now and will link to your blog, book and #.

  27. #34 by Peter Saint-Clair on May 4, 2011 - 6:27 pm

    I saw that hashtag pop up a few days ago and was wondering what the heck it was all about. I’ll have to remember to use it.

    And thanks for the shout out!

  28. #35 by Tracey on May 4, 2011 - 6:28 pm

    You’re so right about writing being a lonely endeavor and anything that brings us together is going to be great. Looking forward to all the #MyWANA tweets!

  29. #36 by Raelyn Barclay on May 4, 2011 - 7:14 pm

    Another column for TweetDeck :)

    I’ve seen the hashtag a few times but wasn’t sure what all it was for, now to remember to use it.

    Thanks for another great post.

  30. #37 by Tamara LeBlanc on May 4, 2011 - 7:18 pm

    WOW!! Not only do I get a cool # to follow, but this post is full of GRRRREAT links too! Can’t wait to check them out.
    So excited about your new book!! Can’t wait to get it:) If it’s half as good as WANA, then I’m in for a treat.
    Oh, and I haven’t watched Black Swan yet…soccer, revisions, headaches, mom duties and the gym are really monopolizing my time. But as soon as I watch, I’ll be able to read your post on Inner and Outer Demons. I’m thinking the weekend looks good for some popcorn and a little On Demand viewing.
    Hope you are feeling better, and thanks again for all those lovely blue links!!
    Have a fabulous afternoon!
    Tamara

  31. #38 by Gene Lempp on May 4, 2011 - 8:28 pm

    Wow Kristen what a fantastic idea! Was thinking just yesterday how when I look down the names of those that post comments here I know most of them on Twitter. Awesome to have a central gathering place finally! Thanks :)

  32. #39 by Irene Vernardis on May 4, 2011 - 9:44 pm

    Where’s the cookie? :D Ok, I’ll give up on the cookie, since I’m few thousand miles away.

    I love the picture with the two kittens above. But I also liked the Darth Vader and blue muppet combination.

    Great idea :)

  33. #40 by Sharon Louise on May 4, 2011 - 11:24 pm

    Thanks again for the amazing class, Kristen! So glad to have #MyWANA to keep up with everyone. I’m missing our group’s emails. :)

  34. #41 by Jen Kirchner on May 5, 2011 - 12:09 am

    I’m posting this in the hopes that it will help some of the lurkers here. I’m a lurker by nature, too. Typically, I don’t post on blogs unless I have a strong connection with that person and, for the longest time, I had always conducted Twitter in the same way. I had my Twitter account for over a year and only had 18 followers.

    And a third of those were bots.

    I found this blog through some roundabout way — someone had posted about blog etiquette and there was a mention about this chick who found an agent because one of them liked a comment she left on a blog. The agent clicked the website link and discovered said chick already had a strong platform. Bam. Instant agent. (Or that’s what I like to imagine.) Anyway, that interested me because someday I might like to have one of those fancy-schmancy agents. I followed those links here. I read some posts.

    And I was a little skeptical about this whole balls-to-the-wall platform thing. I still am, to be honest.

    But whatever. I bookmarked this blog in my reader as food for thought and lightly skimmed the posts when they came up. A few weeks later, one of the posts about growing your Twitter presence caught my eye. Kristin posted something like: If you don’t know who to follow, follow me, and then follow all my friends. Go to #writers and #amwriting and check out profiles. Find some that interest you and follow them.

    I was curious — and maybe a little desperate. At the time, I was very alone as a writer. I was leading a very sad writers group. One person continually showed up with nothing, saying they were too busy to write but wanted to come and crit (and eat my cookies). Another kept bringing their same chapter with minuscule edits for three months straight.

    God, I was so alone.

    I figured, what the hell? I mean, it couldn’t get worse than that. So I did it. I went to the #writers forum and started following 3 people. Then I followed Kristin. Four people total. That was two or three months ago. Since then, I have never sought anyone else out to follow them (I’m just not aggressive — you can be if you like). Through mentions and RT’s and participating in popular writing hashtags, and “hey, have you met my friend?” I have met more cool writers and readers and general people. There are awesome blogs and contests and people and flash fic and I even got an awesome crit partner on Twitter. He lives 2500 miles away and I never would have met him otherwise. A couple of months ago I had 18 followers. Two weeks ago I had 70 followers. This week I topped 100. My follower list grows every week. I haven’t published a book yet so I can’t tell you if it really does much for book sales, though one thing’s for damn sure:

    I am no longer alone. You don’t have to be, either. Looking forward to meeting you on #myWANA.

    • #42 by Author Kristen Lamb on May 5, 2011 - 1:50 am

      OMG…I read this on my phone and you made me get all misty. AWESOME. Thanks for such a fantastic comment and I can’t wait to hang out with you on #MyWANA.

    • #43 by Jenny Hansen on May 5, 2011 - 6:58 am

      Jen,

      You got me all misty too. No, you’re not alone anymore (and with Kristen as one of your peeps you never will be again)!

      What a lovely, lovely comment. Thanks for sharing!

  35. #44 by amyshojai on May 5, 2011 - 12:41 am

    Jen, bless your heart–your post really touched me. You are me–many years ago but still, you are me and probably lots of writers out there. We’re introverts by nature (okay, stop snickering those who know me…it’s an ACT! lol!)

    Thank you for posting.

  36. #45 by Jessica Thomas on May 5, 2011 - 1:16 am

    Sounds like a great idea. I’m still trying to learn how to use Twitter. I can certainly use the help!

  37. #46 by Jenny Hansen on May 5, 2011 - 7:01 am

    Kristen,

    I got so elated this morning when I found out I’m in the Mashup of Awesomeness!! I felt like my little blog had arrived on the map. :-)

    Thanks for the shout out, and for giving me all the other groovy blogs to go read. I loved my author branding class (all of you might want to get in on next weeks class if you’ve not experienced Kristen The Teacher…just sayin’…). I’m delighted that #myWANA has been launched.

  38. #47 by Jill Kemerer on May 5, 2011 - 3:10 pm

    What a fantastic idea! Thanks, Kristen, for such a clever, easy way for all of us to connect. :)

  39. #48 by Brenda Wallace on May 5, 2011 - 3:16 pm

    This is exciting for me, Kristin. Count me in on the #MyWana Elmer Fudd movement. Also, it’s funny how many faces I recognize on your comment section, lol.

  40. #49 by Rhonda Hopkins on May 5, 2011 - 4:04 pm

    Awesome idea! :-)

  41. #50 by Raquel Byrnes on May 5, 2011 - 4:09 pm

    This is so fantastic. So excited over this. I heard it in the Twitterverse and had to come on over to investigate.
    Edge of Your Seat Romance

  42. #51 by Sonia G Medeiros on May 5, 2011 - 4:52 pm

    I love this idea! The whole reason I got into Twitter in the first place was because of this blog. I was avoiding Twitter like I avoid pooper scooper duty in the yard…but I began to see the value. It was a lot scary at first but I had Twitter Tuesdays to anchor me and I’ve met so many amazing people. I’m excited to go on over and try out #myWANA!

  43. #52 by Jennifer Miller on May 5, 2011 - 5:58 pm

    I love the Tolkein reference–it’s a great way to summarize what a hash tag does. And, yes, I am proud of my geekdom!

  44. #53 by Sara on May 5, 2011 - 7:44 pm

    I’m so excited about this, especially since I’m new to Twitter. I’m going to figure out Tweetdeck soon. For a 20-something, I’m so tech-challenged. You are our leader Kristen!!
    xoxo #MyWANA

  45. #54 by Marilag Lubag on May 6, 2011 - 8:01 am

    Added #MyWANA on my Tweetdeck. Now I could look up and see what other people are going through. Thanks, Kristen! I’m also meeting new friends using #MyWANA.

  46. #55 by Andy Penpraze on May 7, 2011 - 12:44 pm

    Cheers for this, I’m going to give #MyWANA a look.

  47. #56 by The Mad Hatter on May 11, 2011 - 3:53 pm

    Couple of moans and complaints :)

    1) You mention Tweetdeck. Tweetdeck is a bit of a disaster because it doesn’t support Status.Net networks like Identi.ca. As Twitter continues to chase away users Status.Net networks continue to grow, and are the future of Micro-blogging. I suggest that Twhirl which supports Status.Net is a far better choice.

    2) You’ve missed Identi.ca totally. You will notice my tweets all state they are posted ‘via identica’ and that is because they are. Makes life easier for me. Even if I am using my phone, I post through Identi.ca because it covers both services (besides, the Twitter IPhone client sucks big time).

    3) So I’m using Twhirl to post to Identi.ca, and using Identi.ca to post to Twitter. One post covers everything. Consistent message, consistent interface. And since Twhirl runs on OSX and Linux (real operating systems) it’s useful.

    4) The crack about ‘Real Operating Systems’, well, I know a lot of writers who’ve lost huge chunks of working time due to Microsoft Windows. Professional writers avoid Windows/Windows Mobile. It’s not worth the risk of getting hit with Virii and Trojans. Use Mac OSX/IOS or Linux/Android as your desktop/mobile options.

    FYI, I write professionally about computers and computer operating systems. And before anyone starts to complain that Linux is too difficult to use, I’ve got one question for you – is it too difficult to switch from a General Motors built car to a Toyota built car because the controls are different? Because that’s really the only difference the user will see, a few of the controls are placed and labeled differently. Oh, and of course there’s reliability. Linux/Android doesn’t break.

    Wayne

  48. #57 by Heather Kelly on May 11, 2011 - 7:50 pm

    I love this idea. I’ve had to push some writer friends into blogging, and I was timid to start tweeting myself. But I love it. And I love the writing blogosphere–such a supportive, amazing group of people. I’ll see you all at MyWANA, as HeatherGKelly

  49. #58 by Wayne Borean on May 11, 2011 - 11:00 pm

    Talked to Kristen, got her approval, and set up Paper.li to monitor #MyWANA every day for links, and issue a newspaper for us. Every day at some time (I’m not exactly sure when – it looks to me like 20:00 Greenwich) it will check the day’s tweets, and issue a newspaper. To sign up so it will email you a when a new edition is out click on the link below:

    http://paper.li/tag/mywana

    If one of your links is included it will tweet you.

    Warning – the content changes every day, so if you see one you want to keep, you’ll have to use the print to PDF function.

    Wayne

  50. #59 by Wayne Borean on May 11, 2011 - 11:01 pm

    Kristen,

    Thinking about it, you might want to address this stuff on Twitter Tuesday. Makes enough for a good, short, post.

    Wayne

  51. #60 by patriciasands on May 30, 2011 - 2:41 pm

    Kristen – there’s nothing to be said that hasn’t been well stated above. You are amazing. Thank you for all of the information and ideas you share and most of all for keeping things REAL!

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