Sunday, April 5, 2015

Using Twitter: How & Why to Pin a Tweet

One of the best ways to thank a peep for retweeting one of your tweets is to retweet one of theirs if you have time. Today, while I was taking a break from editing on my WIP, I checked my notification feed at Twitter. As always, I was happy to see that some folks had retweeted some of my tweets. So I decided to return the retweet. I usually do this by retweeting the peep’s pinned tweet on their profile page.

I was surprised by the number of peeps who didn’t have a pinned tweet, much less a tweet of their own in their home feed. Their home feed was filled with their retweets of other people’s tweets. Of course, I didn’t have time to scroll through dozens of tweets trying to find a tweet that was actually by them.

Thus, I was inspired to do this post. If you are on Twitter, you need to consider having what is known as a “pinned” tweet. The big reason for this is stated above. A pinned tweet is easy to find as it is the first tweet on your home feed, located on your profile page. That makes a pinned tweet easy to find and easy to retweet.

A pinned tweet is usually a tweet you would like to have front and center on your home feed and that you are hoping will be retweeted and/or favored. It can be a witty quote you’ve tweeted, a meme, a link to a blog post, article, book, or whatever tweet you want. That’s your choice.

You can have only one pinned tweet. You can replace the pinned tweet at any time.

How you pin a tweet:
First you have to create the tweet and tweet it.
Next you go to your home feed on Twitter and it should be the first tweet in the feed.
At the bottom of the tweet, click on the three dots. There will be a drop-down menu. Select “Pin to your Profile Page” and click.
That will pin the tweet at the top of your home feed on your profile page. It will stay as the first tweet until you decide to change it. At the top will be a push pin and "Pinned Tweet" so when someone views your page they will note it is a pinned tweet and the one you would prefer having retweeted.

You can click the three dots on the pinned tweet to unpin it, or whenever you pin a new tweet, it will replace the current one.

That’s it!! Happy tweeting, peeps!!! And you can follow me @pat_preston

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Happy Easter Weekend!

I hope everyone has a safe and happy Easter holiday weekend!

March was a crazy month for me. Besides the writing projects I am trying to get finished, I also had to have my washing machine and roof replaced which took up a couple of weeks of time. Anytime I have to deal with something like that, it turns into an ordeal. I especially hated replacing the washer. I didn't like the new one at all and I was fortunate enough to have a delivery man who suggested I exchange the washer and get a GE. I'm very happy with the GE, which is much more like the washer I had. It washes quietly, you can open the lid anytime, and it has short washes available.

I haven't had much time for blogging in March due to trying to finish a book and do research work for a new project. I did get the revisions finished on a humorous literary short story and it is available on Amazon. It is a spring story, set in May 1950. I just love the cover!

A long-time Southern tradition, Decoration Day at the Cypress Creek Church Cemetery in May of 1950 turns into a hilarious feud over a gardenia wreath and a statue of Jesus. Join Melanie Sue Haddock and Annie Lou Ledbetter for a poignant yet fun-filled day!