Here are easy ways to tweet like a smart, witty, well-read person (even if you aren’t) without faking it (and looking like you are). Simply pepper your regular what-I’m-eating-now and my-day-sucks updates with these. (But don’t overdo it, unless you just want to appear stuffy.)
- Surf for quotes about books or reading and line them up one or two tweets a week. And no, you don’t have to know the author.
- Pick a book from a current best sellers list (like the New York Times’ or a bookstore’s). Google the first few sample pages, skim a sentence or two, and tweet: Currently reading (insert title) by (insert author). (provide link)
- Look up a recent award-winning (or shortlisted) book (try the Man Booker Prize). Foreign author, quaint title? That’s the one. Ask who’s read it and what they think.
- Bemoan the lack of good books out there and ask for recommendations.
- Mention a classic children’s book (recall dreaded book reports or something theymade into a movie) and remark that they don’t make them as good as that anymore for the next generation.
Important: Don’t misspell anything when tweeting any of the above–if you do, abandon efforts to sound smarter on Twitter. (You could try instead to sound cooler, or something like that.)