Twitter.com is a micro-blogging site that’s huge in the world of social networking. Yet it’s so new that many of the site’s capabilities are still being discovered.
I’ve been addicted to the site since day one of using it. It’s a great way to keep in contact with people. Just ask the student arrested in Egypt who got out of jail by typing the word, “Arrested” on Twitter. On the marketing and media side, Twitter is better to use to connect to people than MySpace. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still using all my MySpace accounts. Some of the greatest and most talented literary minds I’ve met are using MySpace.
Recently I started doing research on Twitter. I was wondering how many people were writing novels using the site. Doesn't look like a lot. Currently my twitter novel "Small Places" is at the top of the search engines.
Looks like there have been some failed attempts as well as some team attempts at writing a novel on twitter. Looks like they've been given up on as the last posts were at least a month old.
So has any one person completed a twitter novel in North America? Doesn't look like it.
I do know people in Japan are writing text-message books and people are reading and buying.
I started publishing “Small Places,” an original novel on Twitter.com micro form on April 25.
I noticed 10-14 percent of the people I have followed on the site are following the book. That’s a good success rate in the world of direct marketing. I chose an initial list of people to add who I thought might lean toward living text-message lives, who might sit with their blackberries in airports and might want to read a novel sent randomly to their phone.
The person whose intitial list I used was following "Small Places" before I even started publishing it on Twitter, so that was an indication I was on the right path.
Getting defensive at first, I had a great online discussion with one man via twitter who said one percent of people responding is the norm for direct marketing, and people should consider themselves rock stars for getting a ten percent response rate (If you’re an artist of any kind think of all the people who don’t add you when you send MySpace friend requests).
And it’s not just about phones but on the Web, using twitter accounts or add-ons. "Small Places" has the potential of reaching an entirely new kind of audience.
I'm exciting about it. I just hope everyone enjoys the story as it is slowly revealed...
2008 nick belardes