Find Your Passion and Your Entrepreneurial Spirit Will Follow

The following is a post from Brabble Director of Business Development Patrick Mackaronis. Pat can best be contacted on Twitter at @patty__mack.

The best way to start a successful business is to do something that you are passionate about, something that interests you. Many people say that they don’t know what interests them but that’s because they’re not thinking deep enough. If you honestly believe that you have no skill or knowledge than you are selling yourself way short. Every single person reading this article has some sort of skill or knowledge that could be the foundation for a successful business.

The key is to stop and think about all of your life experiences and how they’ve shaped you into who you are today. Create lists and think about the following:

  • What hobbies have you ever pursued?
  • Have you ever done any volunteer work?
  • Is there a time when you have helped someone with the problem and felt good about?
  • What types of things are you interested in or that you’re good at?

Sometimes you must think carefully about all your interest, hobbies, and areas that you excel in. This exercise may even require writing down and answering a series of questions to really get your thoughts moving.

Consider the following questions to get an in-depth perspective of where your individual skills and interests lie:

  1. What types of sports do I play?
  2. If you had $1 million and a month’s worth of free time to do whatever you like, what would you do? Be as specific as possible and write down whatever comes to mind
  3. When you’re surfing the web, what sites do you find yourself frequenting the most? What topics do these sites cover?
  4. Have you ever won a championship or an award of some sort?
  5. Have you ever been recognized for some sort of contribution or service that you performed? What was it?
  6. Do you have any pets? What kind?
  7. Do you have children or siblings? What do you like most about being a parent or brother or sister? What is the most challenging?
  8. What type of education do you have? What types of hobby classes have you taken?
  9. What kind of experience in volunteer work do you have?
  10. What accomplishments in your life are you most proud of?
  11. Do you have any illnesses?
  12. Are you a collector of any sort?
  13. What do you watch on television? What’s your favorite kind of music? Are you a fan of the arts?
  14. Is there anything that you’ve ever wanted to know more about but felt that you lacked the time?

Once you answer these questions, look for the answers that gave you the strongest responses as these will most likely lead you to the market that you should target with your business.

Top Unschooling Resources on Facebook

Nearly everyone uses Facebook these days, which is especially great for unschoolers who may not know the other unschooling families in their areas.

Online homeschooling resources are abundant and can be useful to unschoolers. However, for some needs, only other unschoolers will provide practical support, advice, or recommendations for philosophically-inoffensive learning materials.

Top Unschooling Facebook Pages

In “standard” unschooling form, little to no definition is given to govern the content of the pages. Yet, for the most part, it all works well to serve the unschooling community.

  1. Unschooling is liked by over 8,000 Facebook users. The only description: “Unschooling is exactly what you make it.” On this page, you’ll find contributions of article links, quotes, comments, etc., by many different people.
  2. Unschooling (same name, different page) is liked by over 6,000 FB users. Like the other Unschooling, you’ll find contributions of links, comments, quotes, etc., from many different people.
  3. Homeschooling / Unschooling is liked by over 3,000 people. You’ll find contributions by various people, i.e., blog posts, videos, news links, etc.
  4. Unschooling (same name again, different page) is liked by over 2,000 FB users. This Unschooling, however, offers a description: “Unschooling allows a child to follow her/his interests and abilities, without the constraints of schedules, busywork and constant homework. One is able learn freely and therefore joyfully, without the influence of peer pressure cultures.”
  5. An Unschooling Life is liked by over 2,000 people. This page is the FB counterpart to anunschoolinglife.com, a place to share our unschooling journeys.
  6. Shine with Unschooling is liked by over 1,000 people. “All Children SHINE when Celebrated for Being Exactly Who They Are!”
  7. Living the Unschooling Life is liked by over 1,000 people. This page is about radical unschooling…”let’s help each other truly understand it & give our children the opportunity to uncover their inner potential!”

Slightly Lesser-Known Unschooling Resources on Facebook

Here are a couple of pages and several unschooling groups. On the discussion groups, you’ll find lively discussion of all aspects of unschooling life. You can also look for regional unschooling pages and groups.

  1. National Unschooling Examiner is the FB counterpart to the Examiner.com column dedicated to unschooling news.
  2. Unschooling is an interest group with over 4,000 members.
  3. Radical Unschooling Info is an interest group with nearly 1,000 members.
  4. Unschooling (same name, different group) is a discussion group with nearly 500 members.
  5. Unschooling Kids and Teens is an interest group that has over 300 members. It’s for young and youth unschoolers to make connections.
  6. Radical Unschooling with the Law of Attraction is an interest group with over 300 members.

Facebook hosts a well-established unschooling community. It’s a convenient place to ask questions and offer advice. You might even make some local connections.

Twitter Tips for Businesses: Do’s and Don’ts for Company Tweets

Founded in 2006, Twitter is a micro-blogging and social networking service that enables users to send messages (or “tweets”) of 140 characters or less to followers on a public timeline. It has become a highly effective avenue for promoting businesses, connecting with like-minded professionals and increasing brand awareness.

The “Twitterverse” is filled with millions of active users around the globe. According to web metrics firm Alexa, Twitter is consistently ranked as one of the top 20 sites in the world. Its popularity has created a multitude of new opportunities for businesses to develop meaningful networks of followers and potential customers.

Spearheaded by early adopters and super users, Twitter best practices have emerged in a rather short amount of time. Users who abandon or fail to learn the expected protocol aren’t likely to experience success with the service. Poor use also has the power to turn consumers away from a particular brand.

The following Twitter tips for businesses will help users abide by these evolving best practices:

Don’t Spam Twitter Followers

Twitter users don’t log into the service so they can be bombarded with a stream of blatant advertisements. It’s a tool for connecting, learning and sharing. Businesses should offer content that provides a value to their networks, such as free trials, promotions, helpful links or educational resources.

Do Build a Twitter Network Strategically

The quantity of a user’s Twitter followers doesn’t matter as much as the quality of followers. Seek out potential and current customers, brand loyalists and strategic partners. Then, develop a plan to engage each of these groups. Twitter can also be used to monitor competitors’ actions and promotions.

Don’t Use Twitter as a One-Way Tool

Businesses will find the most success from Twitter when they actively communicate with their networks and build meaningful relationships with followers. Respond to other tweets and re-tweet other useful messages. The interaction will encourage other users to spread company tweets as well.

Do Make Time to Listen to the Twitterverse

Twitter is not all about pushing messages. It’s a valuable tool for listening too. Conduct Twitter searches to discover what customers are saying about the company, its products and its brand. Use the feedback – both positive and negative – to improve customer relations, monitor brand perceptions and identify areas for improvement.

Don’t Get Discouraged from a Slow Start

Twitter takes a serious, daily commitment. Continually work to build a Twitter network. Follow others. Engage with others. As the network grows, so will the awareness.

Do Ensure Company Tweets are Transparent

The user manning a company Twitter account should be a representative of the company. Additionally, don’t lie about personal identities within the company. For instance, if the president of a company has registered an account, then the president needs to do the tweeting. Twitter users who are discovered to bend the truth often receive negative backlash from followers and the public.

Business users who are strategic with company tweets are likely to experience the most success in expanding their customer bases and communicating with a targeted audience. Listen and engage with other users, rather than pushing a stream of advertisements.

Internet Time Well Spent: Facebook Now More Used Than Google

U.S. netizens now spend more time social networking on Facebook than searching on Google. Users now spend 1 of every ten internet minutes on Facebook.

People in the United States who go online, ‘netizens’ as internet users are now being called, and a large majority of citizens in the U.S. are now netizens, now officially spend more time being social on Facebook than searching on the previous most used site, Google.

The numbers were released on 2014 and say that Facebook use officially passed Google use (“Facebook edges Google sites for surfer’s time”, The Globe and Mail) in August. The report comes from comscore, a company that among other things say they measure “the digital world” and the numbers they measured regarding Facebook and Google usage are big.

Last August, they report, web users spent under 5% of their time on Facebook that month but that has grown significantly over a year. Web users spent virtually 10%, 9.9% to be precise, on Facebook in the month of August and that translates, comscore says, to a whopping 41.1 million minutes.

Google Still Second as Netizens Still Spend Lots of Time Searching

While Facebook is the most used site with the most minutes spent on it the search engine Google, and Google news and You Tube and other Google features, is still getting well used. In total netizens in the U.S. spent 39.8 million minutes, which comes out to 9.6 per cent of their time, on Google Inc. sites.

Yahoo was third among America’s web users with 37.7 million minutes on Yahoo Inc. sites and that translates to 9.1 percent of their time online. It was only in July of 2014 that Facebook vaulted past Yahoo into second place. When totaled on average U.S. internet users are spending 28.6% of their internet time on the following three sites: Facebook, Google or Yahoo.

Facebook a Revolution That Keeps Growing

Facebook is a social revolution that came about almost by accident. While at Harvard Mark Zuckerberg founded Facebook along with friends and fellow computer science students Chris Hughes, Dustin Moskovitz and Eduardo Saverin.

Zuckerberg launched Facebook in February of 2004 and it was originally used simply for photos and info on students and faculty at Harvard. He eventually, with help from the others, got it up and running at other top universities and from there it kept spreading. There are reportedly an astonishing 500 million Facebook users in the world and the 26-year-old Zuckerberg has earned in the neighborhood of $4 billion.

A movie called The Social Network on Zuckerberg released on October 1 2010. The screenplay was written by Aaron Sorkin who created television’s The West Wing and stars Jesse Eisenberg as Zuckerberg. Justin Timberlake has a part in the movie.

Twitter Tools: Applications, Plug-Ins, and More for Twitterers

Twitter tools are the essential functions that enable twitterers to post tweets and expand their Tweep follower network in the Twitterverse. There’s a host of tools, applications, and plug-ins available to enhance the Twitter user’s experience. Here’s a look at some of the essential Twitter tools users need. Stay alert because Twitter lingo can be tricky!

Twitter Tools for Managing Tweets

TwitterFox – This is the Firefox browser plug-in that allows twitterers to manage their tweets and any private messages they receive from other twitterers. All a user needs to do is click on the Twitter logo that is located on the bottom right corner of the Firefox browser window to see any incoming tweets and chose which one they want to reply to.

TweetLater – With this TweetLater function, twitterers are able to stock up their tweets such that they may be scheduled for posting at a later date. Users are able to forward emails on their followers to their TweetLater email address at TweetLater.com, and these followers will automatically receive a direct message from the user. This is a great way for marketers to automate all their marketing tweets.

TwitterFeed – This is a Twitter tool that allows bloggers to feed their blog posts directly to their Twitter account. By using the Blog Update function, twitterers may preface the text of their tweets and control the frequency with which Twitter displays their blog posts.

TwitterSearch – This is a Twitter tool that allows users to quickly search the Twitterverse for what other twitterers are tweeting about, by entering specific keywords or topics in the search box.

TweetBeep – This tool enables users to keep track of any tweets posted that mention their names, businesses, products or any other relevant information. This function acts like the Google Alerts tool whereby the user may create alerts for their set of keywords and web addresses. Thereafter an alert is sent to their inbox whenever someone posts a tweet about the user’s name, brand or blog post.

TwitterGrader – This is an application that enables twitterers to find out how their account is ranked by Twitter, which may be anywhere from 0 – 100. Users are able to know how much influence they have in Twitterverse as they are ranked according the number of followers they have and their number of tweets.

LoudTwitter – This Twitter Tool enables users to post their daily tweets to their blog.

Tools for Tweeting Events and Photos

TwitterCal – This is the Twitter tool that enables users to add events to their Google calendar directly from Twitter. All the user needs to do is log onto TwitterCal then add gCal as their virtual Twitter friend. They may thereafter add events simply by sending the event as a direct message to gCal, which is thereafter automatically included in the user’s Google Calendar.

TwitterGram – This is an application that allows twitterers to link their Twitter account with their Flickr account simply by assigning a tag of all their Flickr pictures that they would want to have posted on their Twitter page as well.

Using Twitter Tools Effectively

It’s not enough to use the Twitter tools alone, as twitterers must go the whole nine yards with their Twitter accounts in order to maximize their following. They may do this by uploading a picture of themselves, customizing their profile page, ensuring they communicate regularly and aim to have more followers than the number of twitterers that they themselves are following.

Twitter Tools allow users to automate and customize their tweet experience, thereby effectively implementing Twitter into their daily lives. With the use of Twitter tools, twitterers are able to enhance their experience on Twitter, thereby making it more fun and enjoyable. Try some today.

Just for Fun Twitter Tools: Enhance Your Tweeting Experience with Free Services and Applications

Twitter, the popular micro-blogging site, is used for many purposes. Some people tweet to stay in touch with family and friends while others use the site for business, self-promotion and marketing purposes. But Twitter can also be entertaining and loads of fun.

There are many third-party applications and services that are readily available for Twitter users. The following websites provide a wide variety of entertaining and just for fun Twitter tools and applications at no cost.

Just for Fun Twitter Tools:

  • SecretTweet – Similar to a popular website, Secret Tweet allows users to share secrets on Twitter, totally anonymously. Currently, more than 10,000 people follow Secret Tweet on a regular basis. Contributing to Secret Tweet is as simple as typing a tweet – no identifying information is required. And who knows? It could just be liberating and exhilarating to share that deep dark secret with complete strangers.
  • CelebWitter – Everyone is Twittering these days, including celebrities. For those who love to follow the daily escapades of the rich and famous, CelebWitter may be just the ticket. Actual tweets from famous celebrities have been verified by the celebrity or a representative to be real. Whether a movie buff or fan of television, stop by CelebWitter to see what the rich and famous are tweeting about.
  • Twoof Doof – Twoof Doof is a fun service that allows Twitter users to play online games with other users and compare scores in an instant. Register to play all sorts of classic games including Mahjong, Bozzle and Solitaire. Twoof Doof requires Adobe Flash.
  • TwitterTagProject – This service is reminiscent of the popular game Tag. To play, select a favorite Twitter friend and send them one of five pre-made messages, including “Tag, you’re it!” Once the message has been received, the recipient tags a fellow follower and the game continues.
  • Twitt(url)y – Twitt(url)y allows users to see what others are tweeting and retweeting about. Track the latest trends and see what people are linking to in an instant.
  • Phweet – Send and receive free conference calls in real time with friends and loved ones online, on a SIP phone or mobile device with Phweet. While this application can be used just for fun, it can also be used for other purposes as well. To start, sign in using the Twitter username and password. Invite a fellow Twitter friend or follower and type a personal message. The service creates a unique URL, sends it to the recipient along with the personalized message. When the shortened URL is accessed by the recipient, a message asks users whether to accept the call or not. Once the conference call is over, the unique URL expires. Flash is required.
  • TweetWasters – According to the website, TweetWasters is “completely useless.” This fun application calculates how much time a person wastes on Twitter. The service also includes a Hall of Fame and a WordPress plugin.

Twitter Weather Tools:

  • ClimaTweet – Once a user signs up, this application sends daily weather updates to user’s Twitter account. To sign up, just enter the Twitter username and select a geographical location. Information is available in either Fahrenheit or Celsius formats.

Tweeterology – Tweeterology is another handy weather application for Twitter users. Tweeterology scours and scans Twitter for weather related tweets for a location specified by the user. Tweeterology is a “weather related search engine for Twitter.” Some new features are expected soon.

Facebook – How to Balance Freelance Business, Social Networking

Social networking is the new norm for personal businesses, especially small freelance businesses that rely on personal contacts. Freelance writers, artists, consultants, Public relations professionals, and others flock to platforms such as Twitter and Linkedin. They also flock to Facebook.

Facebook for Business or Pleasure?

Facebook was never intended to be used by middle-aged self-promoters scrambling for jobs and gigs. It was invented to help college kids get to know each other. The platform is socially oriented, with games and photo galleries, and opportunities to “poke” each other and to send IMs.

When I joined Facebook a few years ago, I thought I’d have everything neatly compartmentalized: I’d do Linkedin for business, and Facebook for my friends and family. Like many freelancers, I often make friends with clients and colleagues, so almost immediately, I started getting friend requests from business associates.

I could track them to three main avenues: fellow writers, readers (usually outdoorspeople), and musicians. It became immediately clear to me that people were using Facebook in ways I hadn’t anticipated. As I’ve gotten plenty of jobs from on- and-off-line networking, I decided to jump in with both feat. if I could identify who the person was who was asking to “friend” me, I’d say yes.

Tips for Using Facebook

Identify yourself when you ask someone you don’t know to be your “friend.” In my experience, maybe about 10 percent of people bother to do this — if that many — but if you don’t know someone, why should they want to friend you? Tell them who you are and what you have in common.

Put a picture of yourself up. If you’re going to be using Facebook for both business and pleasure, make sure it’s a photo that works for both audiences. Putting up a picture of you and your kid is cute. Putting up a picture of your dog may be cute, but isn’t great for business.

The “hide button” is your friend. If you have 200 friends, you may not want to read what each of them is eating for breakfast lunch and dinner, or watch every one of the 10 music videos they put up every day. The hide button takes care of this problem. You’ll encounter these people when they comment on your posts, or when they send you messages, but you won’t see their status updates.

Don’t spam your friends. A lot of the people who friended me were writers, and almost immediately, I started getting six to ten posts a day from each one of them promoting their books and article. Over-promotion earns a “zap, you’re hidden” from me, and I’m sure I’m not the only one.

Use the lists feature. This allows you to sort your friends into subgroups, and you can pick which groups will be interested in which of your posts. This is a great tool for people who are promoting their businesses. Face it, folks: Your real friends don’t want to know all of that stuff.

Don’t IM people you don’t know. It’s like showing up at their house without calling. instead, send a personal message first and make an appointment.

If you accept the invitations of a lot of people you don’t know, watch what you write on their status lines. You’re not among “friends,” you’re among “Facebook friends.” Big difference.

The “defriend button” is for when all else fails. I’ve used it once with some guy who seemed to track in through my professional network, but who was clearly on the make. Zap.

Tips for Using Facebook and Facebook Fan Pages for Business

Set up what use to be called a “fan” page, and send invites to FB friends as well as anyone you do business with such as editors, fellow writers, readers, suppliers, contractors. When these people opt in to get your news from your business page, they are expressing interest, So, within the limits of common, sense, feel free to post updates about your work. To be more efficient, you can set up automatic feeds to tweet or send blog posts to your Facebook page.

Balance is the name of the game. It’s fine to send readers to your work, but you’ll have more credibility if you also include the work and ideas of others. Be generous about “liking” people back, and about promoting other people’s work.

If you do use Facebook for business, watch what you post. A colleague of mine is job-hunting, and based on his posts, I see a hard-partying good-time guy with outspoken political opinions and a “screw the system” streak. Maybe no so great for a potential employer?

Have a policy for sensitive situations. For example, one teacher I know refuses to friend students or their parents until the student has graduated from the school at which she teaches. Other people who might want to mind their Ps and Qs include doctors, lawyers, social workers, psychologists, nurses, financial counselors, ministers, and others who work in positions of responsibility and confidentiality.

It can be a little awkward looking at your Facebook account and seeing former clients, former employers, your ex-husband, your sister’s husband’s mother, a bunch of colleagues, and the class bully from seventh grade. But you’ve got to admit, it’s interesting.

If you do mix business and pleasure on Facebook, just be aware that you’re out in public, in your business clothes. Think of it as “casual Friday” or the office party: It’s okay to let loose a little bit. But remember: You’re going to be asking some of these people for jobs in the morning. Behave accordingly.

Family Feud Facebook Game Guide

Family Feud is a Facebook game which has gained increasing popularity. The classic game show has entertained fans for years, but this version is slightly different. There are two modes in the Facebook game of Family Feud, each demanding a different strategy.

Classic Mode

This mode follows, for the most part, the television version of the game. However, there is no opposing team. The player starts out with a question, and you must type in the most popular answers. The first two rounds are worth the regular amount of points (1 for each person who provides an answer that was given in the original survey). However, the third is double point value and the fourth is triple point value. Just like the show, you are allowed three incorrect responses per round.

After each round, the game shows the average score, which you must beat at the conclusion of the four rounds to move on to Fast Money. Fast Money is similar to the actual television show as well. However, you are expected to score the 200 points by yourself. You don’t get to use the second player like in the television show. This makes the Fast Money section very difficult, but you can send a request to a friend to complete this section for you after the fact and that person can act as the second player.

Tips and Tricks for this Section

  1. It is important to think in more general terms when providing answers. Do not be overly specific or sophisticated in your answers.
  2. It is possible to open up another tab and search the question to find the answers. This takes the fun out of the game, but if you are playing for points this will be helpful.
  3. Friends can be called upon to be your partner for Fast Money. They will play this at their leisure, but when they do, you receive a large point bonus, so it is worth your while to send out the requests.
  4. There are three bonuses which can be earned during play in this mode. One is for scoring over 500 in the first four rounds. The second is for scoring over 200 in Fast Money. And the third is for getting the top answer in each round.

Tournament Mode

This mode is just like the Fast Money section. This time a friend cannot be called upon to take the second turn as in Classic Mode. Instead, you face off against two other players in a single round of Fast Money. At the end, the players are awarded bonuses for finishing either first, second, or third.

Tips and Tricks for this Section

  1. The point values are higher for this mode if you are confident that you can win. If you get first, you receive 6,000 points, but the other rewards are much lower. So it only makes sense to play this section if you can win regularly. But, 6,000 is far more than you can feasibly earn in a game of Classic Mode.
  2. This section is much shorter than Classic Mode, so keep this in mind when choosing which you want to play. You may be in a hurry and pick Tournament Mode, or maybe you’d rather play Classic Mode and make your game last longer.

Increasing Points and Plays

The trick to getting points is playing every day. Facebook Family Feud awards a free game every fourth day you play in succession. Also, to increase points try for all the bonuses in Classic Mode, or try to get first place in Tournament Mode. Winning in the Facebook Family Feud game won’t come easily, but after a while you will figure out how to succeed regularly.

Using Twitter for Internet Marketing

Any online venture needs a steady stream of reader traffic in order to be successful. In Web business marketing, making connections online that get as many people as possible to visit a website is the way to build traffic and make an Internet venture grow. That venture might be a blog, a series of articles, an ecommerce site or an informational site.

Twitter marketing is a way to use the micro-blogging site to make those connections and bring in that traffic. Anyone can sign up for an account and create an instant online presence.

Targeted Internet Marketing

One of the most useful things about Web marketing is that it can be highly targeted to the desired market. Twitter messages are sent to followers who can choose to resend them to their followers with just a few clicks. This can lead to viral attention paid to the message and the link it contains.

For targeted Internet marketing, some Twitter users follow large numbers of people within their demographic, hoping to be followed in return. This may lead to high numbers of followers, giving the marketer a wide audience for each marketing message.

Web Marketing for Blogs

Blogs need viral traffic in order to get heard among the 100 million+ blogs that are available online. Twitter can be used to interest readers in any topic by publicizing new posts. Many bloggers send out a tweet every time the blog is updated with a new post.

Any Twitter user who follows those messages will find out immediately when there has been a new post. They don’t have to visit their blog reader or check their email. Instead, the can click through a link the the tweet and read the new post.

Twitter Followers and Web Business Marketing

Having a Twitter account that is utilized to regularly send out marketing message is an idea that is spreading through Web marketing circles. Some online marketing companies offer a Twitter posting service that allows business owners to outsource yet another important marketing task.

Many small businesses choose not to outsource Twitter tasks to online marketing companies because it’s free to use the site and easy to post messages. The 140-character messages can be entered and sent out in seconds. To keep followers interested in their messages, tweets should be sent out often enough to keep followers reading without being so often that they become nothing more than spam.

Popular Web Marketing Tool

Among the many online marketing tools available, Twitter has steadily made a name for itself. The site, founded in 2006, now has more than 100 million members. It now ranks firmly among the most popular websites in the world. 2009-2013, Twitter grew more than 1,300 percent, according to Nielsen. With exploding growth and millions of fanatical users, Web marketing messages sent through Twitter have every chance of being found and utilized.

How to Join the Twitter Jonathon Ross Book Club

Jonathon Ross has launched an informal book club on Twitter, the popular social networking site. The Twitter group, Atwossybookclub, will feature a different book and people from around the word can virtually meet to discuss the nominated book at 5pm (UK) each Sunday. Participants will be able to post 140 character comments about a book that will be nominated each week. One of the reasons that Jonathon Ross has given for setting up the book club is the demise of the popular Richard and Judy book club. The availability of a book club on Twitter is likely to open up this new generation form of book clubs to a whole new range of people.

While existing Twitterers will know how to join in, people new to Twitter may find it a little daunting. Here is a step by step guide to joining the Jonathon Ross Twitter book club.

Join Twitter

Joining Twitter is very straight forward. Simply go to the main page and click the ‘Get Started – Join’ button. This will take visitors to a sign-up page where basic information is required. This includes name, user name, password and email address. Once this information has been entered the account has been set up and new members can start posting their comments.

Find the Jonathon Ross Book Club Comments

Before posting comments, it is useful to find both Jonathon Ross’s own comments and those of other followers. These can be found on twitter.com/atwossybook club. Participants can post their own comments, reply to other comments or just read what others have to say.

Add Comments

Comments and posts on Twitter are known as tweets. The maximum length of a tweet is 140 characters. This means that comments need to be kept very short and succinct. It is acceptable, and often necessary, to abbreviate words. Twitter language is generally not considered to be as informal as text-speak and words are spelled out wherever possible. More information about using Twitter, including a video guide explaining how to get started, is available on the help section of the Twitter website.

Twitter presents a wonderful opportunity for people to virtually get together and discuss books. This may open up book clubs to a whole new range of people and presents interesting and exciting possibilities.