Do NOT over promote yourself on Twitter. It gets you unfollowed.
Twitter is an interesting social media option to me. I’ve gone back and forth on whether I even want to use it. I have some people I follow who do nothing but complain incessantly – I suppose Twitter is cheaper than a therapist – and others who post nothing for weeks, then post 100 tweets in 15 minutes, then POOF! They’re gone again. People who post political stuff, people who need to check Snopes more often, and people trying in vain to get a celebrity’s attention (I eventually gave up on getting a happy birthday from Bruce Campbell (sigh).
Then there are the people promoting themselves – not just writers, of course, actors, musicians, crafters, artists…
And I get it. I want people to read MY book. People want me to read theirs, or buy their art, or listen to their music, or watch their movie. I get it.
But listen – fifteen minutes ago, Over Excited Self Promotion Guy promoted his book. I read his tweet. I saw it.
Now, OESPG is promoting it again. And again. And again.
Does OESPG really think his audience has changed significantly in the last fifteen minutes? I assure you, OESPG, it has not!
And after a few days of this, OESPG has one less Twitter follower.
I read a tip somewhere – I don’t remember where or I’d credit it – that you should have 20 fun, funny, entertaining, or thought-provoking non-self promoting tweets for every one that is self-promoting.
If I like you, if I think your Tweets are funny, then when, every now and then, you remind me you have a book, I might go take a look. If It looks interesting, I might buy it. It could happen.
But if you bludgeon me over the head constantly, I’m not going to click the link, I’m not going to check out your book, and I’m certainly not going to buy it. I am, however, going to click that unfollow button.
So, ya know, your choice.