Welcome to the twenty-eighth installment of Twitter Tuesday. In the spirit of Twitter, this blog will be short and sweet and to the point. The tips offered here are all based off my best-selling book We Are Not Alone–The Writer’s Guide to Social Media. If our goal is to build an author platform in the thousands to tens of thousands, then we will have to approach Twitter differently than a faceless corporation or even the regular person who does not possess a goal of becoming a brand. This blog will help you rule the Twitterverse without devolving into a spam bot.
This Week’s Fail Whale–The Twittah Playah
Hey, I am a writer and I feel your pain. Pimpin’ ain’t easy. We are supposed to write, read, research, revise and now we need to market too? I can be very overwhelming. Writers are creative people and creative people tend to live in extremes. Either we write 6,000 words a day or we write nothing. This sort of extreme thinking can filter over into social media if we aren’t careful. Being a career author is all about finding balance.
Some Tweeps–the Twittah Playah’–pretty much disappear off Twitter…until they need something. The Twittah Playah is guilty of the Digital Booty Call. See the Twittah Playah ain’t into the commitment thing. He really doesn’t care about our blooks, our blogs, or our day. He just shows up when the relationship is convenient for him to get something.
I have people who haven’t so much as said “Boo!” to me in months suddenly appear out of the ether and ask for help promoting their books. Or they want others to drop everything to go look at their blog. Yeah…we’re right on that.
With the Twittah Playah, it is never about what he can do for us, only what he can get from us (with as few strings attached as possible).
Be a Tweep Scout
Tweep Scouts are the digital Eagle Scouts. Need help crossing the digital highway? The Tweep Scout is there to lend a helping hand. Tweep Scouts are vested in making themselves better. True. But, what makes the Tweep Scout different is he is also committed to serving others and building his community. This tweep has the best on-line manners. He knows how to extend himself in small ways that makes others feel special. This tweep is honest, loyal and treats everyone with respect.
Social media works best when we actively serve others and tweet others the way we would like to be tweeted.
Tweet ya later!
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