Are you on Twitter yet? It’s been around for a few years now, but has existed mainly in the tech world. Only now is it really breaking into the mainstream and musicians are starting to discover it as well.
So what is it? Basically, it’s a micro-blogging site, that provides a way to send quick updates to a large group of people. In the US, these updates can be recieved via SMS (unfortunately Twitter recently cancelled SMS-receiving capabilities in Canada). You can send your updates via web, SMS, or mobile-apps like Twitterberry from your smartphone.
How does this help musicians or bands? Your fans can follow you on Twitter, and therefore sign up to receive updates from you, and the updating is instantaneous, and they can get their news from you right to their phones.
There are definitely ways to Twittering well though, which I’ll talk about in another post… in the meantime, check it out for yourself, search the twitterverse for folks you find interesting, and dive right in. Sign up for an account and try it yourself. It can be very useful, and it’s also borderline addictive, so twittering often isn’t difficult.