We’re launching three Twitter streams: @fantasymagazine, @fantasycon, and @fantasytrivia this week. Twitter is yet another social network, but one which uses short messages. Users can post up to 140 characters per message to exchange information and conversation. You can create your own free Twitter account in order to read and exchange messages at http://www.twitter.com.
The @fantasymagazine Twitter stream will be used to showcase fantasy and science fiction news with a focus on the magazine and its authors.
The @fantasycon Twitter stream will feature the latest updates from fantasy and science fiction conventions. This weekend we’ll have some Twitter specific content as reporters Eugie Foster, Dave Hogg, Alethea Kontis, and Joseph McDermott cover OutlantaCon and PenguiCon. Upcoming cons we’ll cover include WisCon, ReaderCon, DragonCon, and World Fantasy Con.
The @fantasytrivia Twitter stream launches Friday, May 1, challenging Fantasy Magazine readers to answer fantasy trivia and word-scrambles in real-time. At 9 am PST, we’ll begin with a series of steam punk questions, and then go on throughout the day with trivia and world scrambles.
We’ve got lots of plans for promotions this summer, with some great fiction coming up by Nancy Kress, Tanith Lee, and Lavie Tidhar, along with a host of new and established voices. Look for new audio and video content, previews of Prime and Juno books, along continued news reporting and thoughtful commentary. Expect to see more from the interactive features such as Blog for a… and Fantasy Cafe.
We’ll also be expanding into social networks more and more – become a Facebook Fantasy fan here or join the discussion group here! If there’s a social network you think needs more fantasy, drop me a line with your suggestion!
If you’re interested in donating prizes for the trivia stream, writing trivia questions, or covering a con or other specfic event for us, drop me a line!