11 Reasons Twitter Rocks…and why songwriters should use it

Not only is Ania Ziemirska the Membership Services Representative at the Songwriters Association of Canada, she’s also a singer/songwriter AND an avid Tweeter.  She came up with a list of 11 reasons why songwriters should engage in 140 character conversations.

In Ania’s Words 

Twitter, I love you, let me count the ways:

  1. 140 character limit – you’re actually practicing your ability to “choose the words that count”. How many times have you heard someone tell you that your songs are too wordy?
  2. It’s simple, clean and direct – there’s no games, no flashy ads, no groups to join or pages to like. You only have one box to type into and your message is sent to the world.
  3. Privacy settings are simple – you either share your tweets with the world or with your followers. And DMs give you the one-on-one privacy. (Side note: Apparently Protected Tweets are not cool)
  4. It’s cheaper than therapy – nobody likes a whino, but an occasional vent is okay and it’s nice to get an objective perspective from a bunch of (possibly) strangers.
  5. It goes beyond fan pages and websites – I feel like my followers on Twitter actually care about what I have to say and it feels like they’re “true fans”. I also have some great friendships that began on Twitter.
  6. Inspiration and motivation – I read and post inspirational quotes, articles, etc. Everyone has bad days and ruts, these little posts bring a little perspective and inspiration to my day. (Tip: Read tweets to get song ideas, people say the darnedest things sometimes)
  7. It’s personal – there’s something about twitter that feels like you’re actually having a conversation…because you are! It’s not just comments on a post, it’s one-on-on interaction.
  8. A quick way to discover and learn new things – retweets do wonders, so do hashtags. I will click on links of people I follow and re-post them if they’re interesting. I learn new things, find new music and much more! Sharing IS caring!
  9. It’s a search tool – Need a tip? Not sure how to use something? Reach out to your followers and you’ll be surprised how much info you’ll get…and sometimes quicker than you can sift through Google results (side note: I love Google)
  10. Keep up with the world (yes, music news too) – News, in little snippets. Twitter is a quick way to stay on top of what’s going on. Disclaimer: If something seems too wild, you might want to follow it up with a Google search…fake news travels faster than real news 😉
  11. It’s free and it works – Word of Mouth is still one of the most powerful advertising tools and Twitter is just that. It drives people back to check out your website, your music and you! And with a simple retweet, it’s quick and painless for others to share your info with their followers

Honorary reason: Twitter Chat! Pick a time and a unique #hashtag to connect with fans or like minded individuals. Here’s a useful tool for chats. I was part of a music marketing one and found it really informative.

Visit Ania Ziemirska’s Songwriters Profile.