Check out this USA Today article on creative ways writers are using twitter.
And how did I hear about this article, since I never, ever read the USA Today or visit their website? Well, twitter of course.
I'm home alone writing all day and twitter keeps me connected. I've made a few twitter friends and visit their blogs regularly. I even won a free book yesterday by retweeting an author's post (thanks @LizandLisa).
Twitter posts do not merely consist of "I'm going to the bathroom," and "I hate folding laundry." You don't even have to follow Ashton Kutcher, I promise. You really can use twitter to find a community of like-minded people who share the same interests. And if you're reading this, those interests are books, aren't they?
You don't have to be on twitter all the time for it to be effective either. Check in when you can and read through the most recent posts. You will never catch everything, don't even try. But you'll probably learn more about the publishing industry, discover more books, better understand potential agents, and make a few more friends than if you never tried.
Go ahead and give it a whirl and check me out at twitter.com/fictioncity. Send me a tweet and I'll add you to my Follow Friday list!