#bwf2015 #bgoWIA @latrobe @bgowritersfest
As festival "writers in action" we can contribute on-the-spot reporting by tweeting. If you are not already a twitter user, there are really only two - or maybe three - things you need to know (after you have set up your twitter account that is): how to use hashtags (#) and how to use handles (@).
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For the Bendigo festival, this year, we will be using this hashtag - #bwf2015 - so that our tweets can take their place specifically in the relevant conversation thread. We will also use #BgoWIA - thereby gathering our collective tweets in one searchable place.
Handles are addresses. If you want someone in particular to see your tweet, and then be able to retweet it to their followers - a very desirable eventuality - then add their handle/address to your message. For the Bendigo festival in 2015, using @bgowritersfest alerts the festival that we have posted a tweet, and using @latrobe alerts La Trobe University. By using these handles you increase the chances of your tweet being seen and circulated, thus potentially increasing your readership.
What's the third thing a beginner should know?
When you write your blogposts, or post photos on other platforms, you can easily share these on twitter simply by copying the URL of the blog into a new tweet and then adding the appropriate hashtags and handles. Suddenly you will have grown your potential readership - and if people like what they read your chances of re-publication are also increased.