I have identified eight most active hashtags related to my topic, which are #writers, #writing, #fiction, #literaryfiction, #writerslife, #WritersRoad, #Authors, and #ShortStoriesRock. These hashtags have enabled me to follow more closely the conversations that are related to my topic, from the most recent to the oldest, within the same category. They have also helped me to develop a network of authors as I got new followers after my posts that included some of the hashtags.
Retweeting is also a way of gaining followers and showing that I agree with the other person’s post. I composed a tweet following one of my retweets; from Fantasy Author: “Fear holds back numerous writers. Many are afraid people won't like their work. It happens. You get over it. #write #anyway”. My tweet was then favorited by two people who were not even my followers and whom I did not follow before they reacted to my post. I also tweeted about an article on a French author, which was immediately favorited. This shows how fast it is to make yourself known on Twitter, without having to make much effort.
My experience with Twitter has enabled me to gain an international audience. It has encouraged creativity in the sense that I had to think about the best way to attract my audience within the character limit, which is really restrictive . Sharing links is actually one of the main purposes for using Twitter and I indeed used this platform whenever I updated a new blog post. My name was also mentioned a few times by fellow writers coming from different parts of the world, which made me feel the same way that if it was an ego retweet.
However, my experience with Twitter has not been entirely positive. I quickly realized that some Twitter users favorited my tweets and followed me only to increase visibility about their own profile since when I followed them back, they unfollowed me and even unfavorited some of my tweets. I finally came to the conclusion that compared to Facebook, Twitter is more personal and tends to encourage even more narcissistic and selfish behavior.