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-How do I use Typetrigger?
Typetrigger is a lot like social networks such as Facebook and Twitter. From your Home page (the page you see when you log on) or your Profile page, you will have access to the Write Now area if you haven’t yet responded to the current trigger. After “Write Now:” you will see a trigger, or short phrase, which will be your starting point for writing. Say, for example the trigger is White Shoes. In the space below, you can write anything you like (about or inspired by White Shoes) in 300 words or less.

Then you can tag your entry with up to three genre tags. So maybe you wrote a little memory about your grandmother’s fashion habits, and you tag your piece with the following: nonfiction, memoir, family. Your friend Macaroni, however, has been inspired to write a mystery piece about clowns, and tags his work: fiction, mystery, clowns.

Hit publish!

Your response will join the stream of entries, and you can read what other people, friends and strangers alike, have written. If you read something that really makes you pleased, hit the Like button.

-How do I use genre tags?
Genre tags are here to help you find good stuff to read, and to help others find what you have written. Typetrigger can be many things to many people, so if you are strictly into poetry, you can tag your poems as such, and you can search for other poets by searching “poetry” in tags. Of course, the standard genres might be a little narrow, so users can create their own niches, groups, and maybe even contests with their own tag sets.

If you search for triggers or tags on Typetrigger, the top results will always be those entries with the greatest number of “likes.” This is our way of tipping our hat to active and exciting writers. By creating unique tags and tag sets, you can create niches of competition.

-How to I find people to Read?
There are a few ways to find new people to read. One of the best is to look at the Top Five Favorites and the Reading lists of those whose work you like. After all, if your pal Macaroni is an amazing clown mystery writer, and that is just up your alley, he might be reading some of the best in that genre. Browsing through Readers and Reading lists of other users, you will see an “+READ” button by those users who are not yet on your Reading list.

You can also see what is going on in the community at large by clicking on one of the Recent Triggers. Clicking on those triggers will bring you to a list of recent responses, with the most popular at the top. Browse around and find new writers that way.

Finally, you can search users and tags, which can help you find writers you might be interested in.

-What is Readers? What is Reading?
Readers are those who are reading any given user. Reading is the list of users that any given user reads. Confusing? Say you are looking at the profile page of your friend Macaroni. He is a big fan of Big Red, HippoMouse and Jack. All three could be found on his Reading list. HippoMouse likes Macaroni’s work as well, so HippoMouse can also be found on Macaroni’s Readers list, along with you.

Looking at your own profile, those on your Reading list are those whose work will appear on your Home stream. Those users on your Readers list are the people who are following your writing (and your entries will appear on their Home streams).

-Do I have to be Reading someone to “Like” their work?
Nope. If you happen to be browsing and you read HippoMouse’s poem on White Shoes and can’t stop laughing, you can go ahead and hit Like. It might turn out that the rest of his stuff just ain’t your style, so you don’t have to put him on your Reading list. But there is nothing wrong with giving people props when you like their stuff.

-I wrote something awful. Can I remove it?
Yes! From your profile page you can see all of your writing. In the upper right hand corner of each piece you will see a delete button. Purge as you like, but please note that once is is gone we can’t help you get it back. Consider copying your writing to another document if you think you might want to revisit your work in private!

-I tyoped. I mean I made a typo. Can I fix it?
Not at this time. We are currently exercising good will and understanding about human errors because we are writers who sometimes pull the trigger a little too fast. Really, we want people to come to peace with their writing, but we may implement a short editing window in the future.

-When do the triggers change?
We are in Seattle, and the triggers change at the 10s and 4s in our time zone. (4 a.m./p.m., 10 a.m./p.m.). We might add a little clock on live triggers one of these days.

-What are the Top Fives?
We wanted to help people figure out who was who a little better, so each week we update the Favorite Five Writers and the Top Five Fans. These are based strictly on the number of likes that each user has given and received during their time on Typetrigger. It is fun to see how everyone’s popularity shifts around as new people write and like the work of others.

-Tell me about your Privacy Policy.
We currently have three levels of privacy. You can change them at any time. Please note that if you do change, every piece of writing you have done to date will be affected by that change. We hope to implement piece-by-piece privacy in the future.

Public: Be an ambassador! Find a larger audience! We hope that most of you will select this option, which will allow more readers to see what you have written and help new visitors understand what we are doing on Typetrigger. Remember: if you want to be a little anonymous, you can always write under a pen name. You can request a name change by dropping us line at

Registered Members Only: THIS IS THE DEFAULT RIGHT NOW. Non-members who visit the site will not be able to see your writing, but everyone who is a member will be able to.

Private: This is for those who want Typetrigger as a tool but don't want anyone to see their work. All your writing will be hidden, though you will still be able to read and like the work of other writers.

-I want to change my name. Can I?
Yes. Please email us at and put “name change” in the title of your email.

-Who uses Typetrigger? Why?
Writing fools! Actually, we at TT HQ think that Typetrigger has a lot of potential user groups. It all started as a thing for writing types, people who like to write but who procrastinate without structure and deadlines. But then we started talking and realized that a lot of people could use it who don’t necessarily think of themselves as writers.

Let us give you a few examples:

Bands. Say a band called Pansyboat is on tour. They want to connect with their fan base, but they are tired. They don’t know what to say. They can get on Twitter and talk about their shows, and they can hop on Facebook and share some nice pics, or they can go and try to blog about it. But seriously, it can all be exhausting. Then there is Typetrigger, giving little bits of inspiration for Pansyboat to share stories from the road. The trigger White Shoes can jog a memory of that time that dude in that bar did that thing and his shoe went flying way the #$% over the stage and landed neatly on the drums. Or something like that. It is a great way to share little stories with a fan base. That’s what we are saying.

Brands. Okay, we aren’t talking mega brands here. We are talking about micro brands, or hipster brands, or something like that. Maybe you have a creative agency and want to show your chops in a more substantial way than is allowed by 140 characters. Maybe you have a comedy group that wants new audiences to find out how chortle-worthy you are. This here Typetrigger is great because you can find an audience that wouldn’t necessarily end up at your blog. And you can promote your thing via the link shared in your Info page.

The Kids. Okay. People keep telling us that the kids are nrly illtr8. Or something like that. But here at Typetrigger, we believe that it is okay to spell out the whole word. And we think the kids can do it. And we think that the kids might like it. And we think... that the kids just might kick ass. (BTW, by “The Kids” we mean anyone. It’s okay if you are nearly 60.)

Typetrigger is all about quick creative competition. It’s a rare (non-athletic) game that is spectator worthy, but we believe that The Kids (and The Folks) might come up with some great stuff in 300 words or less.

-I have a great idea for a trigger.
Share it with us! At the bottom of each page, you will see the Trigger Submission bar. Suggest as many as you like. All triggers must be 4 words or less, and we will go through all suggestions and schedule those that we think will resonate with the Typetrigger community at large. We may edit trigger suggestions. Sorry, we cannot notify you if your trigger is accepted.

-I heard that I could make money on Typetrigger. Is this true?
We are interested in helping writers find paying channels for their work. This area is still under development, but rest assured that we will not sell your work to a third party without your permission. Your work is always your own, and while we appreciate that you are sharing it with us, you can sell it any place you like. If you are a publisher and are interested in purchasing rights to a piece of work you see on Typetrigger, please contact us at

-Who owns my writing?
You do. Typetrigger is committed to helping writers in any way we can. We plan on working as a brokering service as we grow. If someone is interested in purchasing rights to your work, they can contact us and we will send you an offer, which you are welcome to decline. That said, if you have a public profile, we may occasionally highlight your work on our blog, and we will let you know if we do. We love telling the story about what happens here, and the writing done by members tells the strongest story. Your work could also be highlighted by other bloggers, artists, writers and readers. Please remember that this is the Internet, and Typetrigger is like a blog. We cannot protect your writing from nefarious third parties, but we will respect it in our community. Please note: if you have a Private account, your writing is fully hidden to all eyes.

-I am having a technical issue with Typetrigger. Can you help me?
Please let us know if you encounter any issues getting onto or using Typetrigger. Email us at Let us know your operating system and browser so we can work on it. Thanks!

-I’m done. How do I terminate my account?
Please send an email to and we will assist you in removing your Typetrigger account.

-I want to report something. How do I do it?
Sometimes there are bad eggs in this world, and unfortunately, we realize we will encounter them here on this lovely site. For the most part, we are in favor of the First Amendment and support the right of people to say what they wish, but sometimes lines are crossed. We are particularly concerned about copyright infringement and threatening behavior. If you see something on Typetrigger that concerns you, please email us at the following address and let us know the following: Username/Trigger Reason for complaint If this is a copyright issue, please let us know where the work originally appeared. Your real name and email address. We will not be able to respond to every report, and we will not act on every report, but we do want users to feel safe here, and we will ban users who violate our terms of service. Please see our Terms for more details.

-Who is behind Typetrigger?
See our About page!

-How can I get involved?
There are so many ways to get involved with Typetrigger, whether you are an individual or a company. If you are interested in joining us as a sponsor, please send an inquiry to, and we will get back to you with our current opportunities, from traditional banner sponsorship to contest hosting and more. We are also interested in working with people in the arts to promote their new projects. We are putting together a weekly podcast of the best of Typetrigger, and we would love to have guest editors from diverse areas work with us. If you are interested in becoming a Typetrigger ambassador, please contact us at