I’ve written before about how to use twitter to market your books. Well, a GREAT example of how NOT to use twitter fell into my lap today. I had to share.
A BIT OF BACKGROUND: every morning, I go through the new followers of some specific writers I’ve gotten to know on Twitter and really respect. I follow the people who follow them who I feel I have something in common with based on their bios, and then hope they’ll follow me back. Simple enough? Good?
Well, one of these people I followed–a fellow fantasy writer by her description, though she writes paranormal romance, which is not my subgenre at all–contacted me back this afternoon. Not with a followback. Not with a tweet to spark a conversation so we could get to know each other. Not with any kind of “Thanks for following.” So what did she tweet me? The tweet consisted of three parts.
- MY TWITTER HANDLE. Required if I’m gonna see the tweet in my “interactions.” Fine.
- A LINK TO AN INTERVIEW SHE GAVE. No explanation of what the link was. No description of anything. Just the link.
- The word “RETWEET.” Not even asking, but demanding I, her follower minion, be a good little twitter-slave and retweet the link that for all I know could be to anything unless I risk clicking on it myself with no assurances of where it will lead me.
And remember: the woman didn’t even have the decency to follow me back before doing this! Needless to say, I unfollowed her in response. No retweet. She’s lucky I didn’t block her. Honestly, I’m not sure I didn’t.
PLEASE, use Twitter. It’s a wonderful tool. But use it directly. Don’t pull stunts like this. Do not spam your followers. It accomplishes nothing and it will only get your account frozen when people report you.
Ok. I’m done. This isn’t a crazy rare occurrence, unfortunately, which is why I wanted to share it.