Twitter Fiction Festival: the social media tools I used to tell story Brain Invaders

WHEW! I had no idea when I set out to participate in the Twitter Fiction Festival that it was going to be so much work.

I wanted to discuss here the social media tools I used for this project.

1. I created the Twitter account @Brain_Invaders for the purpose of tweeting the story. I ended up with 869 tweets.

First tweet:

Crap! Can’t stop shaking. Tattooed woman at salad bar freakin’ me out. Got goosebumps. Swear she’s not human. #TwitterFiction #Invaders

I included #Twitterfiction and #Invaders in every tweet.

2. I used Hootsuite to schedule the tweets. The tweets were spaced five minutes apart and it took 96+ hours for the story to unfold. One thing I did not anticipate was the amount of work/time it took to schedule 869 tweets.

3. I curated the tweets as they posted on Twitter using Storify. Then I turned the Storify story into a slideshow. As I neared 600 slides, the slideshow became sluggish and difficult to work with. It could have been my computer. Anyway, I created a second slideshow for the final chapters. Here are the slideshows.

4. I also used a slew of social networking sites to promote my work. These included Facebook, Google+, Linkedin, etc. I also targeted Twitter accounts of people who were interested in technology and storytelling hoping to draw their interest.

It was definitely a neat experience, despite all of the work, and I loved exploring this new way of storytelling. I think this novel worked especially well in this format because it was very plot driven. I will be talking more about the writing mechanics of this project on my writing blog.


About Buffy Andrews

Assistant Managing Editor of Features and Niche Publications for the York Daily Record/Sunday News. Also, Social Media Coordinator.
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