In connection with the publication of my forthcoming book, The Wealth of Virginia, I was advised to start communicating to people I don’t know with tweets on Twitter.  As the non-owner of a smart phone, I am not a good candidate for tweeting, but I’ve given it a try.

I found it very difficult to find Twitter on my computer. Every time I typed “twitter-login” I received a message that the website wasn’t safe, and someone was trying to hack into my communications. I left Google Chrome for Firefox, but still couldn’t log on.

My IPAD displayed twitter immediately and I quickly downloaded a twitter “AP”. Since I’ve never been on twitter to my knowledge, I tried to open an account, and typed in my email address as my user name.

What a surprise!  My email address already belonged to somebody else! I sent an email to twitter to that effect, and received a response saying I could change the password.  After several tries I managed to accomplish this.  My user name may belong to someone in outer space, but the password is mine, and I’m on the case. I can now tweet, but who am I on twitter? Am I myself or this other entity?

I let twitter know about all this, but twitter is very security conscious.  They won’t release an email address, but they let you change passwords any time you like.  I don’t seem to be able to alter the user name, so I now have the mystery person’s tweets readily available.  It’s sort of embarrassing—like listening in on a private conversation.

I looked over the emails included on what is now my twitter account—all sports, basketball, and comments on who’s who in the NBA.  Do you think these tweeters would be interested in a historical novel about colonial Virginia?  Should I send the gang a tweet?  What can I say that they would enjoy?

Now that I am on twitter, I’ve added my biography and a link to the website of my current book, The Wealth of Jamestown. I’m waiting to see if anyone on twitter notices.