Today’s Date: February 4, 2015
Today’s Topic: Harnessing the Power of Twitter
Q: What day is it?
A: It’s Wednesday. Hump Day. Great day for talking books. More specifically, harnessing the power of Twitter’s search engine to mine information about books – the people who write them, the people who read them, and everyone in between.
How do you use Twitter?
Lemme guess. You (like me) are busy – really busy. And any time spent on social media is time spent NOT writing.
So you decide you’re going to be more stealth.
But instead of leveraging Twitter to your advantage, you fall into a habit of simply “checking-in” a few times a day, cruising quickly through the platform to maintain your presence and hopefully build followers and influence (dang those Klout scores). Maybe you write a few tweets, check your notifications, thank tweeps who followed and/or retweeted, and then finish by following a few new tweeps in hopes of making new connections.
What if being “stealth” meant working – not just quickly – but smart. Almost, surgical.
Surgical? Okay, maybe that’s not quite the word I’m looking for – but suppose you wanted to organize a blog tour featuring writers of historical romance that released a book in the last quarter of 2014. How would you do it?
Harness the power of Twitter’s search engine.
TIP #1: Enter a word in the search bar (found in the top right corner of your Twitter screen next to your profile picture) and then, when the results page of this search appears, look over to the left side of your search results screen. There’s a snazzy list of options to hone your search. By default, the words “Everything,” “All people,” and “Everywhere” are checked. By changing those options, you can hone your search, and make your search more effective.
That’s all great and fine, but here’s another way to slap Twitter’s search engine into submission. Let’s take a look at Twitter’s “Advanced Search” option – found on the same list of options mentioned above. (It’s under the column marked “Everything.”)
TIP #2: Click on “Advanced Search.” A new screen opens with options to refine your search by using any combination of the fields Twitter provides. These fields are organized into the following categories: “Words,” “People,” “Places,” “Dates,” and “Other.”
NOTE: In the “Other” section – you’ll see 🙂 and 🙁 used to indicate positive and negative tweets. I assume you’re already using hashtags, but are you also using 🙂 and 🙁 ?
Using search fields in creative combinations (Tip #1) and accessing the Advanced Search page (Tip #2) is all great and fine, but there are other ways to harness the power of Twitter’s search engine. And that, my sweet tweeps, is the topic of next week’s Hump Day Blog Post . . .
Harness the Power of Twitter’s Search Engine http://t.co/oiT2LWix0s
— Writer Julie Valerie (@Julie_Valerie) February 4, 2015
*** UPDATE (information below was added after the above article published) ***
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