Today you get a little rant from me about twitter. Or more correctly, some of the authors who use twitter.
Twitter is an awesome social media to connect with fans, other authors and generally just have fun. I post a lot of silly things on there, I have a very long list of hashtags I use, and a lot of inspirational themed tags to chose from if I need some help to come up with something new to post.
I post music that inspires me, I post silly little games like #thursdaydoomsday where I predict the end of the world. Or there is #deadsunday where I come up with a horrible way to die. Sometimes I post a writing tip, or how much I managed to write. And once in a while, I post an awesome one liner from one of my books and post.
But there are some authors out there that only use twitter for one thing - they promote.
Now, there is nothing wrong with promoting your own books, your writing or your blog. I do this too. Every time I write a new post on this blog, I post it on twitter (and a lot of you people reading this probably came from clicking that link). I post on twitter when I publish a new book, and sometimes I'll throw a link to one of the old ones just to generate some new traffic to it. Because of course, as writers promoting our work is important and something we do, and twitter is brilliant for this, because unlike facebook, the hashtag #ebooks can be and will be searched by a lot of people who might not know who I am or ever heard about my books.
But those people who only have an account on twitter to spam it with the same promotion over and over, well they drive me crazy, and while I have no evidence to this, I imagine people either simply skip over their posts or unfollow them. I know I do.
This rant was born, because I saw a promotion that read something like this...
Tired of never having the time to take a break, let us help you. This new program let you schedule promotions on your twitter feed so you can enjoy the free life without having to worry about promoting.
And all I could think was: what the hell is the point of twitter if you never actually interact with anyone on it? if you just spam the feed with annoying commercials why would anyone follow you? That would be like having a channel on your TV that only showed commercials for one thing. And ask yourself this, if you had that channel, would you honestly watch it more than three seconds?
As an end to my rant, I'll leave my list of hashtags I use, because maybe someone will be inspired and find out how fun twitter can actually be, if you leave the commercials and start interacting with people.
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