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Ten More Twitter Mistakes

…you should break immediately.

Just a few more that I thought about but didn’t fit in to my last post.  I apologize in advance for typos, I’m functioning on two hours of sleep. =)

Social Media

1. Overusing Hashtags:

If you do this, it’s annoying, stop it.  For Example: I #published a #book #Read it. #author #publishing #writer

How about. #No

2.  Klout:

I’m sure it’s all very fascinating to you what your klout score is, I just don’t think anyone else gives a monkey’s behind.

3. Retweeting a hundred posts in the space of a few seconds.

Don’t flood your readers, space out your posts, particularly promo posts or retweets.

4. Assuming that someone will follow you because you followed them, then getting irate about it when they don’t.

Just. Don’t.

5. Airing your dirty laundry in public.

Personal drama between you and another author, blogger, reviewer, agent should be kept personal.

6. Failing to fact check.

A simple google search or snopes check will easily tell you if a cry for help, sob story, heroic story or call to action are legitimate or fake.

7. Don’t be passive aggressive.

Passive aggressive posts about ‘not getting comments, reviews, etc’ turn everyone off.  If you wouldn’t want your mother in-law to passive aggressively guilt you into something, don’t do it to your followers.

8(or 7a). Don’t be a jerk.

I think I said this in the last post, but it should be repeated.  If you couldn’t say to someone’s face what you’re typing to someone on twitter, don’t do it.  Frankly, this is more a general rule of thumb than a business/author specific one.

9. Plagiarism.

It’s bad in school, college, life and life in general.  You’ll get busted for it, and you’ll look like a fool, and on one wants that.

Unless you do, and…you have bigger problems.

10.  Things to do:

– have a conversation.

– share parts of your life, story, writing process.

– pet photos….everyone loves pet photos.

 

 

 

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Ten Twitter Mistakes.

Social MediaThat you might be making, but shouldn’t.  Things that in general will do nothing but annoy your followers:

1. Posting your follow/unfollow stats.

No one cares about this but you, seriously, no one.

2. Daily horoscopes.

3. Sending automatic direct messages when someone follows you.

Technically speaking, that is considered spam and could get you blocked & banned.

4. Posting nothing but sales pitches.

Twitter is a conversation. Slamming someone in the head with your product is not engaging in conversation.

5. Devolving into an argument with someone who disagrees with you on something.

Just walk away, ignore the person.  If you’re using Twitter to promote yourself as an author or a business, engaging with a troll or even just a regular follower who disagrees with you only makes you look bad.

6.  Sending individual tweets to every single follower with a link to buy your book/product.

It’s spam. Stop it.

7.  Using all caps, or alternating cApS.

It’s annoying. Stop it.

8. Being a robot.

It’s important to have a personality, unless you are a robot, then I can’t help you.

9.  Not mixing it up.

If you post the same things every single day, it gets repetitive and incredibly boring.

10. Taking without giving.

If you want people to share your posts, you have to engage with them and share theirs.  Quid pro quo.

 

 

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Review: Social Media going Zen?

Book reviewI’ve read a variety of books on social media in general and twitter specifically in the past few months.  They tend to fall into a couple of categories.  They are either incredibly boring filled with buzzwords that only half make sense or are somewhat fascinating with useful tips but weighed down by unnecessary tech-speak.  ‘The Tao of Twitter’  by Mark Schaefer doesn’t really fall into either of those categories.

It’s a brilliant book with an equally brilliant, yet simple concept.  The basic premise boils down  to the power of making personal connections.  It’s filled with practical advice, easy to understand explanations and interesting anecdotes.

It’s also a quick read, which is always a plus in this busy world.

I picked the book up with a slight worry that it would be filled with nonsensical information that wouldn’t work for me, and was pleasantly surprised when I was wrong.  I highly recommend it.

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