Twitterpated: Tweets, Retweets and Cultivating Relationships

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I recently read a blog post written by a man who hates Twitter, but he uses it for promotion. From his post, I can tell you that I wouldn’t become a follower because he sends out generic tweets that are all about him and his books.

I admit, I’ve had a love hate relationship with Twitter. Sometimes it seems like a gathering place for inane observations and self-indulgent pontification. But this past year I learned to appreciate Twitter. If you use it for self-promotion that’s great, but the best promotion comes from others. Building relationships within the Twitterverse will help you more than any generic ‘look at me! look at me!’ tweet.

One thing I’ve done to cultivate relationships is go through all the people I follow and add them to lists. Then I use Hootsuite to keep the lists separate. For instance, I have a list for Arkansas Authors, one for celebrities and another for nerdy/sciency stuff to name a few. It makes it easier to browse through the multitude of tweets that stream through each day. I take a few minutes two or three times a day to glance at what folks are talking about, comment or retweet and then move on.

Triberr is also a huge part of my networking routine. I finally found several tribes in which the members share information pertinent to my career – books and writing – and I tweet. If something shows up in the stream that doesn’t interest me, I can hide it. The Triberr platform has helped get my blog posts out into the world and as a result I get a lot of retweets. I don’t usually acknowledge a RT from a tribemate, mainly because it’s sort of expected of them. However, Hootsuite will show me if a tribemate’s RT gets retweeted by one of their followers and I make an effort to thank them. I’ve expanded my network using this technique. (Does anyone else have “Rockin’ Robin” going through their mind?)

It’s easy to get sucked into debates and useless diatribes so I go through and unfollow folks whose tweets rarely refer to books and writing or are excessively negative. I don’t mind off-topic tweets. Heck, I like to share stuff about genealogy and NASA, but if you’re tweets are 20% books/writing and 80% random I’ll probably unfollow you.

I believe Twitter can be a huge waste of time, but with a little organization and focus you can make it work for you. I’ve found great books and formed relationships with other writers through tweets.

So, do you utilize Twitter? Is it a hassle or do you find it helpful?

  • Nonnie Jules

    Missy, I simply love, love, love the site! Gorgeous and great topic!

  • Nonnie Jules

    Missy, I simply love, love, love the site! Gorgeous and great topic!

  • I’m still not sure about Twitter or if I’m using it correctly….I want to get my book out there and get it noticed, but, I get a little burned out (and discouraged) seeing a 1000 other people trying to do the same thing. I’ve been trying (with little success) to show my sense of humor and personality in my tweets so that my followers know that I’m not on there only to do a hard sell. I would venture to say that I haven’t sold one book do to anything I’ve tried to do there…..

    • Hi Lawrence! Twitter is a strange beast and I’m not sure I use it in a beneficial way. I have developed relationships and created a support group of sorts. I do know that a constant stream of promotional tweets won’t get you very far.

      Have you listed your book with Nonnie at Great Reads by Great Authors? If you haven’t, send your book title along with your buy link information to @nonniejules. Tell her I sent you.

  • Lawrence

    I’m still not sure about Twitter or if I’m using it correctly….I want to get my book out there and get it noticed, but, I get a little burned out (and discouraged) seeing a 1000 other people trying to do the same thing. I’ve been trying (with little success) to show my sense of humor and personality in my tweets so that my followers know that I’m not on there only to do a hard sell. I would venture to say that I haven’t sold one book do to anything I’ve tried to do there…..

    • Hi Lawrence! Twitter is a strange beast and I’m not sure I use it in a beneficial way. I have developed relationships and created a support group of sorts. I do know that a constant stream of promotional tweets won’t get you very far.

      Have you listed your book with Nonnie at Great Reads by Great Authors? If you haven’t, send your book title along with your buy link information to @nonniejules. Tell her I sent you.

      • Lawrence

        Thank You! I will check it out….

  • mooderino

    I’m still not entirely sure about twitter. Too many tweets about nothing coming too quickly to be able to grasp much. I use it in small doses.

    mood

    • You’re correct, mood. That’s why I use lists to filter. There’s still a lot of things I’m not completely interested in, but they make it easier to wade through and get to the good stuff. Even so, I spend limited time on Twitter.