I am on twitter, now that must come as a huge surprise to you. I consider it to be the best place for promoting and marketing my novel. On face book, I have the potential of reaching maybe Forty to Fifty thousand people with all the groups that I’m in, but on twitter there is a massive market of millions. Four of my 8,170 odd followers have over 200,000 followers themselves so if, and unfortunately they don’t, they were to retweet me regularly, there is almost a million possible readers alone! I retreat about One to Two hundred fellow ‘marketeers’ on twitter and, in turn, most of them retweet my work. It’s how the system works, and how word is spread.
I never initiate a ‘follow,’ merely responding with a follow-back as is the normal custom and etiquette on that social networking site.
Yesterday my work was retweeted by a stranger, not unusual but what followed was. I returned that kind gesture and the one of following back her, (the name is Dee, so I imagine a woman) opening gambit as it were. Today I received three messages from ‘Dee’ all amounting to the same complaint……”You are tidal waving my twitter Daniel, please stop.” ‘Tidal,’ being her word but quite explanatory I think. I was, in her opinion, tweeting and retweeting too much.
This all took place whilst I was at work, and one tweet, relating to my own work, was going out automatically every half an hour! I possibly retweeted about fifty or sixty others, during this time. I messaged her back to say what an honour it was to meet the owner of twitter, and sorry I was using her services so exuberantly, but I thought that I was being conservative in said usage. As I say two more berating ‘messages’ followed.
I almost forgot to add something rather relevant to all of this, I was her second follower. She now has only one!