I'm still posting on Twitter, and you're welcome to follow me there. I've also arranged for my "tweets" to be posted on my Facebook page, so I get two for the price of one. Every time I think I'm ready to quit this social networking stuff, I hook up with someone I'd never have found otherwise. And a number of you folks who tweet are also visiting this blog, which I appreciate.
Colleague and cyber-friend, author Dr. Michael Palmer, poses an interesting question in a tweet today. I'm extrapolating from his brief tweet, but in essence he asks, "Should you tweet only when there's something important to say, or should you post regularly?" I must confess, I lean toward the former approach. How about you folks out there, fellow Twitterers? What do you prefer?
Twitter has taught me one thing, though. I've learned to choose my words carefully. Posts are limited to 140 characters. Not words, but characters. That means you have to think about what you're saying, edit your tweets down. Some people (I won't mention names, but you know who you are) get around this by posting four or five sequential tweets in order to get all their information out. I consider that cheating. Those longer messages belong on a Facebook page or a blog. To me, Twitter is what you'd say to a friend as you pass in the hall--a few choice words to catch them up on things you think they might want to know.
So being on Twitter might actually help me write fiction that is sparse, free of unnecessary words and phrases. And if it does, that benefit alone will keep me tweeting.