Or, “How I got off myself and started being social with my media.”
I’ve been on Twitter for a few years. After I got over the initial hump of no followers and not following many, I embraced Twitter as a way of interacting with fellow writers. I also used it to shamelessly plug my own stuff – although I could never be accused of being spammy. Until recently, my Twittering kinda went like this:
- I would not retweet stuff from anyone I didn’t have some kind of interaction with.
- If, after several retweets of someone’s stuff, they never acknowledged the retweets, I stopped retweeting their stuff or I unfollowed them altogether.
- I would only follow folks who were strictly within my interests of blogging or writing.
- I would not, could not tweet a quote. I would not do so in a boat.
- If someone tweeted political stuff that I thought was crap, I’d unfollow them. (Okay, maybe I still do this a teensy bit, but now I take a lot of other factors into consideration.)
- If a tweet had a link to Facebook, the Huffington Post or any liberal news media organizations, I would not retweet them.
- If someone always tweeted their own stuff and never tweeted anyone else’s, I would unfollow them eventually, or just ignore them in my timeline.
- If someone was obviously auto-tweeting the same stuff day after day I would not retweet any of it.
- If someone sent me an auto direct message after I followed, I would just as quickly unfollow.
- If a tweet had typos or was written in text-ese (U no what I mean 4 sure) then I would not retweet.
- If someone carpet-bombed my timeline with multiple FF tweets with no reason attached, I would unfollow.
After reading this list, you’re probably thinking, “Jeez, what an intolerant jerk. Not very social.”
Yeah, well that’s the same conclusion I came to. Congrats.
Now I do a lot of things differently and I’m gaining about 20 new followers every day. I’ve interacted with a lot of great folks and have seen the traffic to my blog and book sites increase quite a bit. In short, I’m using this social media platform socially and how about that?
Now, I retweet all kinds of stuff. It doesn’t matter if it’s a tweet about a book in a genre I would never read. It doesn’t matter if the topic is of particular interest to me. The way I see it, some of my 3200 followers may be interested and that’s good enough for me. I don’t care if the person never tweets anyone else’s stuff. Although with that said, c’mon people. Get a clue. Get off yourself and interact. I ignore the auto DMs. They bother me not. I follow back darn near everyone unless it is obvious that their tweets in my timeline would drive me buggy. I don’t care if someone never responds to my retweets. If someone does, I usually send them a quickie tweet, thanking them.
Essentially I’ve made being social on Twitter my mantra. I dig it and I hope my followers do as well. I’d like to think my timeline is eclectic with a mixture of writing, books, positive messages, quotes, funny stuff and general George witticisms.
The moral of the story is to take it easy and just enjoy the media. Lose the stiffness and expand your horizons. I’ll just bet you’ll love your twittering the more for it.