I used to hate Twitter. I just didn’t get it. Everyone I knew was tweeting (or whatever they call it, I guess twittering isn’t correct) and I was lost in the sauce, as my brother would say. For me, Twitter was just about celebrities posting meanderings that I wasn’t interested in anyway.
And then I went to Matera. While I was there, Sheila Redling and Christine Witthohn opened my eyes to why Twitter is a valuable tool for writers and readers. I resurrected my long-dead Twitter account and ended up coming into contact with several writers from around the world. Not only that, two of them recommended I try books by an author who was new for me: Tayari Jones.
Tayari Jones is the author of Leaving Atlanta, The Untelling and Silver Sparrow (which will be released in May). She’s originally from Atlanta, Georgia and is an Assistant Professor in the MFA program at Rutgers-Newark University. I read the blurbs for her books and they sounds intriguing. Now I’ve ordered them from the Book Depository and look forward to their arrival.
So now I can safely say that Twitter isn’t as bad as I thought–though I still am not certain that it is my favorite social media. I rather like Facebook. But if Twitter keeps leading me to new authors, then it may knock Facebook of its pedestal.