1. Rhonda Parrish
    12 January 2012 @ 10:07 pm

    That’s pretty interesting.

    I’m going to offer a bit of completely unsolicited advice. I went to your profile today because my email told me you’d followed me and I wanted to see if I should return the favor. I will be, but only because I took the time to click over here and read this blog post, otherwise I wouldn’t. Why? Well, because I don’t know anything about you from your tweets, I just see book promo, book promo, I like this musician, book promo. I like to see tweets on people’s feeds that don’t have links in them, that aren’t trying to sell me stuff or promote stuff — just so I can get to know the person, not just support them and buy their stuff.

    I may be in a minority. I know branding experts tell you to make sure you don’t stray too far from your focus, but that’s just me. It’s how I pick who I follow on Twitter.

  2. Eric Edstrom
    12 January 2012 @ 10:25 pm

    Rhonda. I think you’re exactly right about this. After I posted this blog, I started thinking about all the authors I follow, and how they endlessly tweet promotions on twitter. As you pointed out, I’ve been guilty of that recently because I didn’t really know what I was doing or how twitter works.

    I realized two things. My favorite tweets to read fall into two types. The first is the personal tweet about whatever is going on in a person’s life. It might be funny or thoughtful. The second type of tweet I like is a link to something interesting or educational, but not self-promotional.

    If someone builds my interest, then an occasional “news flash” about whatever they have to sell isn’t objectionable, and I’m more likely to investigate it.

    Anyway, I devised the twitter experiment to see if anyone was listening, and clearly they are not. If that’s due to my own obnoxious tweets or other reasons, I don’t know. In the long run, I need to cultivate a network of followers who care what I have to say. And to that point, I think your advice is spot on. Thanks!

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