Tw-inspiration! Lots of Tweet Ideas for Writers

Tw-inspiration! Lots of Tweet Ideas for Writers provides writers with links to posts full of ideas and inspiration about what to tweet about on Twitter.

A while ago I wrote a roundup post called Hundreds of Blog Post Ideas for Writers. It’s been a fairly popular post here on Bound and Determined and I have to confess that on days when my brain is drained and I need to write a blog post, I sometimes open up the post and click on a few of those links for inspiration!

In that same vein, today I thought I’d roundup a few blog posts about what you can tweet about.

So, in no particular order, here’s a list of posts filled with lots of ideas, and inspiration, to get you tweeting away like a pro. Please note that many of these ideas are generic and not specific to writers, but can generally be geared toward a writer’s followers with a little ingenuity!

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Twitter: Jazz It Up With Special Characters

Twitter: Jazz It Up With Special Characters – If you have noticed Twitter profiles and tweets containing images or special characters and wanted to use them, too, read this article.

Have you ever noticed on Twitter how some profiles and tweets contain images or special characters? Have you ever wanted to use them, too, and wondered how to do it?

If you’re nodding your head and answering “Yes” to the above questions, you’ll be happy to know that you can find the answers right here!

Special Characters for Twitter

Check out these articles for more information:

And, this Chrome browser extension might be helpful for jazzing up things on Twitter, too:

If you decide to add special characters to your profile or tweets on Twitter, let me know in the comments below or follow me on Twitter: @ShelleySturgeon.

Canva: Let’s Get Visual!

Canva: Let’s Get Visual! introduces Canva as an easy-to-use graphics design site and why authors should use it for visual content on social media.

As you may recall in my post last week, Twitter: Let’s Get Visual!, I discussed why you should use visual content for Twitter and other social media content and promised to review a few options for producing graphical content. Today, I’d like to tell you about Canva.

Canva is a great site for designing custom graphics that you can use not only on Twitter but on other social media sites, offline reports and presentations, blog posts, and much more.

Easy to Use

Canva is very easy to use. If you can drag, drop and click with your computer mouse, you can design great graphics using Canva.

To Start Using Canva

  1. Sign up for an account or log in with Facebook.
  2. While a confirmation email is sent to your email address, you’ll have the option of watching a 23 second long demo video. Watch it. After all, it’s only 23 seconds long and most of us have an attention span that long still, don’t we?
  3. After the video concludes, you’re given the opportunity to try it out yourself and they provide several exercises to get you started. If you need help, click on the Hint button.

Premium images are watermarked and cost $1. All other images are free to use and there is a great selection.

Canva Design Graphic Options

  • Album / podcast covers 1400 pixels by 1400 pixels
  • Social media 800 pixels x 800 pixels
  • Presentations 1024 pixels x 768 pixels
  • Posters 42 centimetres x 59.4 centimetres
  • Facebook covers 851 pixels by 315 pixels
  • Facebook posts 940 pixels by 780 pixels
  • Blog graphics 800 pixels x 1200 pixels
  • Custom sized graphics in dimensions of your choice in either pixels, millimetres or inches

Canva Design Menu Options

  • Various design elements from the Search menu including:
    • lines
    • banners
    • shapes
    • text holders
    • frames
    • stickers
    • arrows
    • grids
    • speech bubbles
    • and much more
  • Numerous layouts from the Layouts menu
  • A huge assortment of text designs from the Text menu
  • Colours and/or textures from the Background menu

You can also upload your own images to use or you can buy from the premium selection of design elements offered by Canva for only $1 each.

Ways to Customize Canva Designs

  • replace the sample text with your own
  • change fonts
  • change font colours
  • change backgrounds
  • change background colours
  • upload your own photos

Canva will autosave your design.
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Made with Canva

Sharing Your Canva Designs

  • Share it on Twitter using the button provided at the top of the page
  • Share it on Facebook using the button provided at the top of the page
  • Click on Download or Link and:
    • Link to your design using the link they provide
    • Publish your design as an image
    • Publish your design as a PDF

When you publish your design, it’s downloaded to your machine.

Canva is fun to work with and the results can look very impressive with little skill or effort.

For More Information about Canva

Give it a try and let me know what you think!

Photo credit: Apps Mill autumn 2010 |

Twitter: 7 Decisions You Can Make Before Creating an Account

Twitter: 7 Decisions You Can Make Before Creating an Account by Shelley Sturgeon explains what decisions you can make before you actually open your Twitter account including which photos to use, the criteria for a Twitter username and more.

What’s that expression? Forewarned if forearmed? If you haven’t already created an account, here’s a few decisions you can make ahead of time so that you’re better prepared and not left in a panic when you’re bombarded with questions when you set up a Twitter account for the first time.

  1. Decide on your Twitter username.
    When you create a Twitter account, Twitter will suggest some possible Twitter usernames for you to use, but you are also welcome to come up with your own.

    Your Twitter username, a.k.a. Twitter handle, is comprised of up to 15 characters excluding the “@” symbol which will prefix it. Twitter usernames are unique, in the same way and for the same reasons that email addresses and phone numbers are unique.

    You can change your Twitter username at any time by logging into Twitter and going to your account settings. Carefully consider whether you want to / need to change your Twitter username because this could confuse your followers.

    When you create a Twitter username, you will most likely want to associate this with your name or the name of your business. So, for example, my Twitter username is @ShelleySturgeon and, just to confuse you, I’ve associated my Twitter username with *drum roll please* TAH DA — Shelley Sturgeon!

  2. Select an image for your header.
    The header is the long image that goes across the top of your Twitter account page that other people see.

    This image should be 1500 pixels by 500 pixels and no more than 5 MBs in size. The resolution for your header image can be as low as 72 dpi (dots per inch). The lower the dpi, the smaller the file size.

    Acceptable image file formats include JPG, GIF and PNG. Animated GIFs won’t work as header images.

    Select something that represents you or your brand, or failing that, find something interesting or just plain nice to look at.

    To add or change your header image file:

    1. Log into your Twitter account.
    2. Click on your profile picture, or if you haven’t loaded one yet, the egg photo in the upper right corner of your Twitter page.

      Finding Settings

    3. Click on Settings.
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