Monday, March 26, 2012
But in case you DO Twitter, and just in case you want to follow me, here are a few issues I have with the medium. My pet peeves about Twitter are:
1. "Please Retweet"
Hey, let me decide whether or not to RT. Instead, spend the space (Please Retweet is a lot of space on Twitter) to convince me I need to RT.
2. Links with no explanation.
There's little reason to leave unused space on Twitter. Take the time to fill it up with a catchy explanation why I should dare open that link. Coax me, entice me, educate me, but don't think I'll trust you with just a link.
3. People following zillions of people.
It's great to be followed by thousands of fans. However, when you re-follow each and every one of them, it's very obvious you are on Twitter to be seen and not to participate. Very one-sided. Be selective in who you follow, and I'll love you more. A guy with 24,563 followers, who is following 23,687, is no more reading his Tweets than I am training to be an astronaut.
4. Tweeting in code.
@hopeclark RT @extraght. Check out amzn.to/OIBxwwe ; bit.ly/OWHmmj; amzn.to/WHO833s. Please retweet.
What the heck? Like I'm going to click on that? Again, take the time to communicate with me.
Twitter is a great social media platform. But like any social media tool, use it wisely, respecting the reader.
1. Tweet legibly.
2. Tweet smart.
3. Tweet with respect.
4. Tweet as if the reader is new to Twitter.
Examples of good Tweets:
Looking forward to seeing @hopeclark and Joyce Allen at @FlyleafBook this weekend.
10 reasons why you can't make a living writing - bit.ly/GDImvD
"success comes to a writer, as a rule, so gradually that it is always something of a shock to him to look back" PG Wodehouse via @hopeclark
RT @hopeclark: Your brain on fiction - nyti.ms/xo0piT - how it responds to stimuli as written
The more difficult this tiny message, the less likely someone will read it. Seriously. I use Twitter (and I think I speak for many more like me) as a time saver. But when reading the piece is more trouble than it's worth, you might fight yourself Unfollowed.
Tweet with fun, but Tweet responsibly.