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Kevin is a Grammy nominated artist, podcaster, and indie musician advocate. He resides in Portland, OR where he is the Director of Marketing for CD Baby (cdbaby.com). Oh, yeah, he also plays guitar in Smalltown Poets.
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    Twitter 101 for musicians and bands

    Well, at the urging of a few friends, I’ve taken the Twitter plunge. At first, I was confused by the micro-blogging format and thought it to be a little ridiculous, but I hung in there, and I have to say, they were right. Much to my surprise, I’ve found Twitter to be an extremely useful tool, not only for promoting your music, but for connecting with people on an individual basis. Since there are a lot of Twitter newbies out there, I put together my a list of 5 tips for new artists/bands getting on Twitter. If you have any other starter tips, feel free to add them by leaving a comment on this post.

    1. You have to stick with it and be consistent. Twitter will take some time before you start to see it’s full potential.

    2. Start out by following people that tend to discuss topics you like. Seek out other artists/bands that are experienced on Twitter and “follow” them. Chances are you’ll pick up a few points

    3. It’s a great tool to help develop your story telling ability. Take everyday events and make them sound interesting.

    4. It’s a public forum, so don’t say don’t say anything that you want kept private.

    5. Don’t use it for just shameless self promotion. People will see right through that on Twitter

    • Ben

      Sage advice.
      Might I add that, to get the full experience, with any social networking/blogging/blegs, one must change one’s settings frequently. i.e. with twitter, try picking up new friends, dropping one’s whose tweets are no longer relevant/useful and so forth. Then, you will find an experienced tailored to your twittering which will not be static/annoying/unapplicable. Twitter is meant to be interacted with!

    • Kevin

      I agree. People tend to use a service like Twitter to see how many “friends” they can accumulate, which becomes a pointless endeavor. Try making more out of less “friends.” Interact with your Twitter followers. 1,000 of Twitter followers are pointless if no one actually listens.

      Kevin

    • http://pauldrasmussen.blogspot.com Paul Rasmussen

      Twitter is an amazing tool, for allowing you to connect with others