Hello, SEers! It’s a Mae Day on Story Empire, and the topic is Twitter. We all have social media platforms we favor. For me (outside of blogging) it’s all about Tweeting. Strangely, when I first ventured into the realm of social media almost ten years ago, I was certain I would detest Twitter. Not so.
Which brings me to this quick overview of the good, the bad, and the ugly. See if you agree.
Twitter delivers news as it happens, enabling a user to follow a thread as it unfolds in real time. I like that. And not all news is bad news. There’s a lot of silliness out there, too. A few years ago, I remember watching two escaped llamas lead police officers on a merry chase through a downtown city. Tell me THAT wasn’t fun to watch in real time!
There are a lot of connections to be made on Twitter. If you’re a writer, may I recommend #writingcommunity. Use that hashtag and you’re going to connect with a plethora of other writers. Happy tweeting!
It’s easy to follow any thread, topic, or person who interests you. I’m not going to reiterate how to do that, as I think anyone reading this post is likely already familiar with the basics. You can also group those people and/or topics into lists:
Click LISTS from the menu, select the page icon in the upper right of your stream, name your list, and start adding people.
Want to see who has YOU on a list? Click LISTS from the menu, select the THREE DOTS at the upper right of your stream, click LISTS YOU’RE ON, and discover who’s added you. That can be a lot of fun and an eye-opener!
Like any social media program, Twitter can be a time suck. Start following a thread, or hopping around on trending topics, and it’s easy to get sucked down a hole.
When people sit behind a computer screen, they tend to say anything, so there’s a lot of “noise” out there mixed in with interesting tweets.
Some people follow others to build their “following.” Once you follow back, they unfollow you. Fortunately, you can click “unfollow” just as easily.
This is really where I was headed with this post. PUHLEEEZE, if I follow you DO NOT send me a DM telling me:
- Where I can buy your latest book
- Asking me to review your latest book
- Telling me you represent an author and would like me to purchase their latest book
- Send me links to your books
Let’s put this in perspective. Twitter is like a big party. Imagine yourself walking into a party, and going up to someone you don’t know. The first words out of your mouth are: “Hi. I just wrote a book called My Incredible Novel, and I want you to buy it and review it.”
No one in their right mind would do that, so why do so many insist on doing it on Twitter?
Twitter is wonderful for connections and can be a lot of fun when used properly. It’s also great for trending topics and following news stories as they unfold. As with any social media platform, there are downsides.
If you DM someone, be selective what you share. Personally, I rarely DM. When I do, it’s only with someone I already have an online connection with, and never to tell them where they can buy my books. Etiquette still applies on social media.
What are your thoughts on Twitter? Love it? Hate it? What are your favorite aspects of this social media platform, and your least favorite? Let’s get some discussion going below.
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