To Tweet or Not To Tweet…

I have kind of fallen out of love with Twitter. Don’t ask me why, for there is no reason. When I open it, I can chat away on it for hours, but for some reason I just never open the tab for it anymore. I think it is because I was using it a lot, sharing my posts, and when I was promoting a book, I used it to promote my links. This was one on a regular basis, and so, I also felt the need to tweet a lot in between. I didn’t want to look like a complete spammer.

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Since my book has been removed from sale – pending its republication with MayDecember publications, my need to use twitter on such a regular basis has gone. I have had several conversations with people about how to use twitter, and to say that people’s answers and opinions differed would be a waste of time. However, the majority of people said there was no need to use twitter ever hour or what-have-you.

So, I ask you, when it comes to twitter;

How much is too much?

The answers I have heard range from three times a day to as often as possible because you don’t want to be forgotten.

Personally, I think that the answer lies somewhere in between. To a large extent it does depend on your purpose. Are you tweeting to chat, to network, or to sell something. Living outside of the US, I knew that the majority of my audience was on a different timezone to me, and so would tweet more in my afternoon and evening because that was when the Americas started to wake up and so I saw a direct, positive effect for my efforts.

Another factor of course is how many followers you have, and to a degree, how many they have. Twitter is a living breathing engine, and it is constantly updating itself. If you have 150 followers, and follow 150 people, then tweeting three or four times a day might well be effective. If however, you have 250,000 followers and follow 100,00 tweeting once an hour may be more beneficial simply because your words will be lost in a sea of twit-babble.

I am planning to get back into Twitter, and when I do it will be at a slower tempo, after all, too much of a good thing makes it bad.

How often do you send out a tweet?

What about the re-tweet, does this count as interaction, or do the same rules apply. Does an account that is nothing but re-tweets appear less than genuine? I love the re-tweet button, and hope I don’t overuse it. Although I will admit, I do not always read the links that I am re-tweeting. Bad isn’t it. But this is only for those people I know well, and whose posts I always enjoy.

Do you re-tweet? Do you do it for links, funny tweets or a mixture of the two?

 

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20 comments on “To Tweet or Not To Tweet…

  1. I tweet when I have something to say, pretty much. Which tends to be a lot. That’s on my personal twitter. Hardly any of it is promotion.

    I have a separate account for my writing. My fiction posts auto-tweet to the writing twitter, and I will occasionally shill my books ‘by hand’, but not often. I think more than a couple or three a day for ad tweets is annoying.

    • Thanks David, nice to hear from you.
      I have never really thought about having two accounts, one personal and writing based. Maybe that is an idea I will play around with.

  2. Hi Alex. I’ve got a Twitter account but I still don’t know what I’m doing. My wordpress posts go to facebook and twitter but…who actually gets to see them? I mean if I have 10 followers do those 10 people get notification that I’ve ‘tweeted’? Or do they have to actively go searching to find new stuff I’ve put up?

    • Hi Meeks, My understanding is limited. Not sure if the ‘homepage’ is just filled with stuff from people you follow or from everybody. If people mention you directly, then it appears on your own page. You can search on twitter, and that is where the whole hastag principle comes into play. I am kind of lost on the specifics. I need to read up on it a bit :)

      • The way I understand it is that if you mention someone specifically, it appears in the “connect” section of their page. You only see what they have written in general, if you scan the whole home page or go to their page itself.
        I usually scan the homepage a couple of times a day. I scroll down, look for things that interest me, and see if I think anything is worth re-posting or commenting on.
        I try to look for things that are inspirational; I attempt to promote my fellow authors. However, if I have re-posted something that they have written a few times, or used the #FF feature, and gotten very little or no support in return, I tend to let my support drop. Why should I support someone who would not do it in return?

      • I’ve seen the hashtag thing on some tv shows but… I have no idea how it works. If you find anything interesting there’s one very clueless tweeter who could use the help!

  3. I go through periods where I use Twitter way too much. I have the constant fear of being forgotten, lol… and my addictive personality keeps me adding more and more followers… I won’t add you just to add you or build the number, but I add authors, readers, heavy metal people, zombie people, horror people… over 12,000 followers and I won’t stop until I’m neck and neck with Ashton Kutcher… I think I have a problem…

    Armand Rosamilia

    • I am the same, although my followers never seem to increase. For every genuine follower I get, I seem to lose one of the spam / fake followers that I already had. I’m stuck around 1500 and it is really bugging me. Kind of the same thing as you really. I need more followers to tell myself I am popular, and the people won’t forget me.

      • I’ve actually ‘figured out’ a way to get real followers, while dumping those not following back, and I use this system each day… I’m adding about 75 new (actual) followers a day and purging the spambots and ‘get 5,000 twitter followers’ people like mad… but I find myself spending more and more time on Twitter when i should be writing.

        Armand

  4. You know, I think everything counts. There are so many sites and so many people that being forgotten is a real possibility. On the other hand, the folks that endlessly promote only themselves are a pain and drive everyone else crazy. I say, take a peak periodically and do what feels right to you, my friend. You’ll find that happy medium.

    -Jimmy

  5. I am a Twitter whore at the moment (should I confess to this?!)

    I am currently experimenting a little with Twitter, to see if I notice an improvement in book sales after several weeks of cross-promoting and following other writer and media people. I am seeing an improvement, so I do think Twitter is a valuable tool for authors. The only difficulty is that there are so many millions of us, all trying to ‘shout’ louder than each other. I am using the World Literary Cafe to increase my followers and support authors by sharing each other’s tweets (#WLCFollows).

    The # simply helps you find the conversations you want to read on Twitter. Type it into the search box, along with a word, for example #indieauthors, and you will find the people, places and links that might be useful for your own marketing, or even to find new friends and books to read.

    Anyway, I like Twitter, and I have linked it to my Facebook pages and blogs so all posts are shared, which means I don’t have to physically input the information across different websites. It saves a lot of time and keeps me active. Also I have recently discovered the joys of Tweetdeck and Hootsuite. These are services where you can schedule tweet messages to be posted on your timeline whenever you like. That way, you don’t have to be online 24/7 but people won’t forget about you and new people will still find you…

    My page is http://twitter.com/SpookyMrsGreen if you want to connect, I will always follow and retweet fellow authors…

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