Be a Peep NOT a Pain–How to Use Twitter Effectively

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Last time we took a satirical look at Twitter with 8 Ways to Make People on Twitter Want to STAB US IN THE FACE.  Here’s the deal, we are in sort of a New Gold Rush with this Digital Age publishing paradigm. That means “experts” are everywhere. But, just because someone claims to be an expert doesn’t mean their advice is worth more than the Vista Print cards their title is printed on.

This means it is incumbent on US to do our homework. Hey, yes, I am an expert, but to stay at the top of my game? I love learning new things.

Yet, here’s the deal. If someone is charging you to teach you how to blog, yet their blog has NO comments or single digit comments or they aren’t following their own advice (blogging when they feel like it)? Probably not the best expert to hand cash to.

And, just my POV, but I think anyone with social media services to SELL (outsourcing) is not in the business of empowering an author. Social media is HIGHLY personal these days. People don’t want to talk to a bot or something an assistant wrote. They want to talk to US and outsourcing just pisses them off.

And if Anne Rice can do her own Facebook posts? So can we.

Today we are going to talk a little bit about how to use Twitter. Why? Because I have some really unique methods to help you guys build massive social platforms (meaningful platforms) with far less work.

What the Heck is that # THINGY and What Does it DO?

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To be effective at Twitter and discovering and cultivating readers we have to understand the hashtag and how it works. If we don’t know how to properly use a tool, we can easily become a tool, if ya dig😉. Too many writers mistakenly believe they need to be on social media eight hours a day to build an effective platform.

Um, that would be a no.

My tips involve the hashtag conversations, but if you don’t know what a hashtag is or what it does, the tips will make no sense. Feel free to scroll down if you happen to be hashtag savvy.

For the rest of you, you might find yourself asking, What the heck is that # thingy I see all the time?

Here’s the deal. If you bought and read my latest best-selling social media book, Rise of the Machines—Human Authors in a Digital World, then you downloaded TweetDeck or HootSuite at the first available opportunity. Wait, what? You didn’t?

Okay…we’ll wait. *whistles, checks watch*

Kidding! But, seriously. Download TweetDeck (or a similar application. Yes, HootSuite is fine and plays better with Apple). Trust me. It will make life simpler.

What is a #? That little # symbol is going to help you build a worldwide following. I know. That’s partly how I did it.

So what is it? Well, when you first join Twitter, you are all alone…save for the celebrities that Twitter gives you, but it isn’t like you and Lady Gaga are going to chit chat (though Kim Kardashian might be available). This basically means you are going to have to make some friends or Twitter is gonna be a seriously lonely and confusing place.

Hashtags will help you meet people who love to talk about the same things you do. When you place a # with a keyword at the end of your tweet, Twitter slots your tweet into a conversation shared by people all over the world bound by topic.

Some popular writer hashtags are:

#writegoal (place daily writing goals and keep each other accountable), #amwriting, #pubtip, #indie, #amediting, #nanowrimo, and the one hashtag to rule them all is, of course, #MyWANA.

Thus, when I tweet about my blog, it might look like this:

@KristenLambTX Want to know how to use Twitter to help build your platform? (shortened link goes here) #MyWANA #nanowrimo #pubtip

My Tweet now will not just go out to my specific followers, it will be seen by the THOUSANDS of people all over the world who might be participating in those three popular hashtag conversations.

Why I recommend you download TweetDeck is that you can slot each hastag into its own column and then follow the people and conversations. When it comes to social media, we must interact and be vested in others, or we risk being perceived as fake and selfish.

The hashtag is to help us meet and converse with others effectively. It is not a new way to spam our fellow tweeps.

Thus, to help you guys out, today we are going to talk about three Twitter Tool Tactics, but then I will follow each Tool Tactic with a Tweep Tactic. I never criticize unless I can offer a solution.

Without further ado…be a tweep, NOT a tool.

TOOL Tactic #1

Using an auto-tweet system with hashtags.

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BAD idea. This can get you banned to Twitter Limbo.

I’m utterly, completely, totally against authors using auto-tweets anyway. If our face and name are our Twitter identity, then our tweets need to be us tweeting IN PERSON.

These days, even large companies can’t get away with auto-tweets. Granted, no one expects to have a conversation with @BestBuy. They will, however, expect conversation from us.

And don’t even TRY to cheat. People are smart and will smell an automatically generated message a mile away…and then promptly ignore you, report you or unfollow you.

At the very least, they will think you are a big fat phony, and, in an age of people looking for authenticity, that is bad. It won’t win any friends, so I recommend just avoiding anything automatically generated.

We really don’t need a Thank you for following me. Check out my awesome blog (link) sent to our direct messages. It’s not personal. It’s spam….and it seriously pisses us off.

 

It really is better for you to tweet less, but it be genuinely you, than it is to assign a machine to pump out your message. Millions are gravitating to social media to escape spam. Bring these tactics into their sacred space and the penalty can be steep.

And “experts” and writers argued with me over this for YEARS and then THIS happened. Check out this post regarding Twitter and The Boston Marathon Bombing. Many writers (and celebrities) did major damage to their brands because of automation. In a world that can shift in a microsecond? It will cost more time to repair the damage than any automation might “save” us.

But, okay, you feel you must auto-tweet. Don’t say I didn’t try to talk you out of it. Do NOT include a hashtag. It is very likely you could clog up a whole column with your spam…um, tweets.

Maybe you didn’t mean to, but since you weren’t present, you didn’t get to see the mess your auto-tweets were creating (think Mickey Mouse and the brooms). Then people get angry and they report you and Twitter bans you from using the most powerful tool you have to connect with people worldwide.

You could accidentally gum up all three hastag conversations like this:

@KristenLambTX Want to know how to use Twitter to help build your platform? (link goes here) #writegoal #nanowrimo #pubtip

@KristenLambTX Want to know how to use Twitter to help build your platform? (link goes here) #writegoal #nanowrimo #pubtip

@KristenLambTX Want to know how to use Twitter to help build your platform? (link goes here) #writegoal #nanowrimo #pubtip

@Kristen LambTX Want to know how to use Twitter to help build your platform? (link goes here) #writegoal #nanowrimo #pubtip

@KristenLambTX Want to know how to use Twitter to help build your platform? (link goes here) #writegoal #nanowrimo #pubtip

Now, I might have meant well, but folks on Twitter use these hashtag conversations to interact with a broader pool of people. If they see my tweet over and over and over and it is taking up the whole column, do you think it inspires them to like me?

Or hunt me down with torches and pitchforks?

 

Also, the reason that I recommend TweetDeck (HootSuite) is that you can see if your tweets are gumming up a column. I scan the #MyWANA column to make sure I don’t already have a tweet talking about my blog in that column. If I do, I use another hashtag #amwriting or just wait to tweet about my blog.

When I was new, I only tweeted 3 times a day to self-promote my blog. Morning, afternoon, evening to catch different Twitter crowds.

Once you hit a certain critical mass, others will spread your content for you. Until then, feel free to tell us you have a post. Just don’t get crazy…

TWEEP Tactic #1

Be a Genuine Peep

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Moi with the AWESOME Chuck Wendig…

To rule the Twitterverse, we don’t need to be interesting just interestedFocus on others and relax. That book will sell better if we are forging relationships than it will if we are camped on top of a kitschy promo campaign that’s as appealing as getting a handful of flyers under our windshield wipers. We can even make some really amazing friends.

Forget traditional marketing. It’s DEAD and OUTDATED. It’s like strutting around the Digital World in a mullet and a Where’s the Beef t-shirt. Might get attention? But not the right kind of attention.

TOOL Tactic #2

Nonstop self-promotion.

 

Yes, we know you have a book to sell…really. Using Twitter as a free and easy way to spam people is annoying and grossly ineffective. It is also traditional marketing, which doesn’t sell books. Never has and here is why. The best way to sell a lot of books is to write an excellent book. Then go write some more.

TWEEP Tactic #2

Be COOL

Again…be cool. Just talk to people. Socialize. Let others genuinely promote you. It’s more authentic anyway. And not the “Let’s Team Up and I Sell Your Books and You Sell Mine.” We actually have an IQ higher than a sea sponge. I NEVER recommend a book I haven’t read and that I do not OWN.

If we are promoting a work we LOVE, people feel our passion. Passion is what ignites a fandom. Manipulation just ticks people off. Shocking, right?

TOOL Tactic #3

Not changing the hashtags when we RT (retweet).

We all need to pay attention to this tip. All of us, at one time or another forget to delete or change the hashtags at the end of an awesome tweet we long to share. Ah, but we can unintentionally gum up an entire column with the same information and that is bad juju.

Why this can be really bad is this can kill a hashtag. People will start ignoring the # or close the column or not use the # because it is always backed up with redundancy. Only you can prevent Column Constipation.

NO ONE wants to see the same tweet 20 freaking times. Social media is a community so we should use good manners.

TWEEP Tactic #3

Now that you know what hashtags are, add them or change them when you RT for others.

 

I might see a writer who has an outstanding blog…but she didn’t add any hashtags. So, when I RT, I stick in a couple. Try not to do more than one or two. This isn’t a hard and fast rule, it just (to me) feels less “spammy.”

But, what if one of your peeps has a GREAT blog and they did use hashtags? If you RT and leave the same hashtags, then you risk gumming up a column with the same link. So change them.

@KristenLambTX Want to know how to use Twitter to help build your platform? (link goes here) #indie

RT @KristenLambTX Want to know how to use Twitter to help you build your platform? (link goes here) #fiction #writer

Now my message will go into two totally different columns. This helps more writers SEE my blog and I don’t risk clogging up the conversation. People who follow the # conversations will really appreciate that. Also, it makes it where I don’t have to add 8 hashtags to the end. I know my tweeps will help me out.

At the end of the day, Be a Tweep, Not a Tool and success will surely be yours. Thought? Comments? Recipes for world domination using a cupcake maker and trained hamsters? Share!

I LOVE hearing from you!

To prove it and show my love, for the month of JANUARY, everyone who leaves a comment I will put your name in a hat. If you comment and link back to my blog on your blog, you get your name in the hat twice. What do you win? The unvarnished truth from yours truly. I will pick a winner once a month and it will be a critique of the first 20 pages of your novel, or your query letter, or your synopsis (5 pages or less).

For those who need help building a platform and keeping it SIMPLE, pick up a copy of my latest social media/branding book Rise of the Machines—Human Authors in a Digital World on AMAZON, iBooks, or Nook

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  1. #1 by philosophermouseofthehedge on January 12, 2015 - 11:11 am

    Hilarious. See, you can offer useful information and make people laugh along the way. Nicely done

  2. #2 by MonaKarel on January 12, 2015 - 11:12 am

    More great timing on the Twitter front. Our chapter’s Twitter Champion gave us an overview and some suggestions on how to proceed. I was able to share your Eight Ways post so we could come into Twitterland without taking a wrong turn at the border. THANKS

  3. #3 by Angie on January 12, 2015 - 11:13 am

    Thank you for the great information. I agree we need to use good manners on Twitter. One can recognize spam without even reading the entire tweet. Twitter is a great tool, and just like tools, can be misused. But if one tweets responsibly, great friends can be found. I even found a relative in New Zealand! Amazing.

  4. #4 by Stephanie Scott on January 12, 2015 - 11:15 am

    This info would have been overwhelming when I first started twitter (though you do a really good job of breaking it down). For anyone reading going uhhhh, save this post, spend a few weeks on twitter, and come back. It will make total sense!

    What’s a bummer is when a decent hashtag gets gummed up with spam. #YAlitchat is great for the actual chat times, but people use the tag to promo their books the rest of the week. After awhile it’s just noise.

  5. #5 by sharonhughson on January 12, 2015 - 11:21 am

    So do you only use hashtags that already exist? I think I made up my own for my focus this year #Positivein2015, but I didn’t actually check to see if it already existed. Hope I didn’t just make my self look toolish😳

    • #6 by Author Kristen Lamb on January 12, 2015 - 11:27 am

      I made up #MyWANA. But existing hashtags are where to find readers. You write vampires? Follow #TrueBlood for vamp fans. Write high fantasy? Follow #SOIAF (Song of Ice and Fire) for the Game of Thrones Fans. Write true-crime, suspense or mystery? #DiscoveryID for people who LOVE blood and crime.

  6. #7 by Kylie Betzner on January 12, 2015 - 11:22 am

    Great practical advice, Karen. Sharing on Twitter!

  7. #8 by Liz Crowe on January 12, 2015 - 11:24 am

    I love this, Oh Mighty Tweet Queen! I so hope your writing is going well and you’re having a great early 2015! I’ll share this with you:

    What I tell breweries, realtors, and semi pro soccer teams when I “advise” them about the Tweet Machine. 30/30/30/10/0
    30% personal (your life, your interests, your dogs, your cats, your knitting, probably NOT your kids)
    30% informational (interesting stuff about your “area of expertise” but NOT stuff written by you i.e. quotes from the WSJ or The Financial Times or ESPN or Draft Mag or Salon/HuffPO/Buzzfeed/ Vulture about “your area” with links and hashtags but NOT “RTs”)
    30% mildly useful RTs (or “random” or “funny” things about you, your area, your town, your state, your team–this is your “RT” limit in the Liz Book)
    10% promotional (this is a hard thing to adhere to and i’ll admit to going closer to 20% when I have a new release) WITH short links, pertinent (and non repetitive) hashtags
    0% political (if you are using Twitter to sell a product, service or other “thing” you can’t spew your politics or you risk pissing off exactly half of the people who might buy from you)

    This allows potential buyers of your product to get to know you, to see how savvily connected you are to your industry, to believe you have a sense of humor and to get the “Oh, she’s got a book! I should buy it!” moment almost as an afterthought. I have spent a significant amount of time unfollowing people who do nothing but promote themselves non-stop and believe me someone must be out there telling folks to do that ’cause it’s getting worse!
    Have a superb week, Kristen!
    Liz

    • #9 by Steph Mignon on January 12, 2015 - 12:18 pm

      Oh man Liz, I love tweeting about things that piss people off! :/ Sad to here that this might not be helping the cause to connect with my “audience.”

  8. #10 by Barbara Renner on January 12, 2015 - 11:34 am

    Thank you, Kristen, I finally understand hashtags.

  9. #11 by newfsull on January 12, 2015 - 11:37 am

    Man! I mean Woman! I read your book “Rise of the Machines.” No failing of your book, as I tend to read fast and not look back, I had not grasped the hashtag thingie. I tried twitter, yup tweetdeck and all, but it left me cold and confused. Ya, I know “check my IQ.” Well, this latest article opened up my mind and greatly added to my understanding.

    See you, I mean read you, on twitter.

    Many thanks!

    • #12 by Author Kristen Lamb on January 12, 2015 - 11:44 am

      No worries, it is why I still blog on social media. Sometimes if I write it in a shorter piece or maybe present the information differently it clicks😉 .

  10. #13 by Melinda Primrose on January 12, 2015 - 11:40 am

    Thanks for the good tips here. It’s amazing to me how many “big” authors on Twitter are tools. I feel so much more connected to the authors who are peeps. And the authors I feel like I connect with seem to try to help new authors, as opposed to making new authors feel small because they don’t do things *exactly* the same way “big” author does. That was a really rambley sentence. I hope that made sense.
    Anyway, thanks, Kristen, for sharing your knowledge with us!
    Melinda Primrose

  11. #14 by The Story Reading Ape on January 12, 2015 - 11:51 am

    Reblogged this on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog….. An Author Promotions Enterprise! and commented:
    AUTHORS – Keep in Tweeting good form with Kristen’s tips😀

  12. #15 by karenmcfarland on January 12, 2015 - 11:52 am

    Thank you Kristen!!! I know you’ve left kind messages on the #MyWana feed and still some peeps just aren’t getting it. I hope this helps.

    When I visit a blog, I like to share the post. It helps me stay active on Twitter while helping that author get their message out into the Twitterverse. But lately I cringe because even though others in kind will RT, they’re loading up the feed by not changing the hashtag.

    Or, when someone sends a tweet without a hashtag, as you mentioned above, I will add a couple of hashtags in order to best direct that tweet to give it the most attention.

    It’s really not that hard. And it’s engaging and fun! Again, thank you Kristen! 😊

    • #16 by Author Kristen Lamb on January 12, 2015 - 12:01 pm

      Well, new people join all the time and the WANA community is PRICELESS for gently correcting and educating. We simply have to maintain that positive consistency. ((HUGS))

  13. #17 by Lauren Simonis on January 12, 2015 - 12:20 pm

    Reblogged this on Lauren Simonis and commented:
    I’m a huge fan of social media, especially with how authors can take advantage of it. Here are some really great tips from Kristen Lamb. I have some posts of my own hanging around on my blog if you want to hear my thoughts!

  14. #18 by Steph Mignon on January 12, 2015 - 12:23 pm

    You know what’s freaking cool? That your recent blogs just happen to correspond with almost exactly where I am in your book (Normally, I’d read throughout the day and probably be done by now, but BABY). Like, it’s on my to do list to get set up on Tweetdeck today, though I’m still on the fence between that and Hootsuite.

    Above, Liz Crowe said something that made me sad. Should I really avoid tweeting about politics? I love a good debate! And particularly enjoy hearing opinions from the other side on any particular issue. Maybe you cover that later in the book?

    • #19 by Author Kristen Lamb on January 12, 2015 - 12:51 pm

      It can be troll bait. If you want to talk abut politics in an even way, do that on Facebook. Twitter can really get out of hand and scorch your brand. You have ZERO control, whereas FB you can moderate and make sure people stay on topic and respectful. Twitter? You are asking for a gang to jump you just because they can.

      Also, politics is something that can tarnish a brand and fracture a platform. Is it worth it? You want to talk politics, do that in FB groups. There is a time and place for it. And, since i know you have my book, remember those somatic markers. Do we really want people’s blood pressure to rise just at the sight of our names?

      • #20 by Steph Mignon on January 12, 2015 - 12:57 pm

        Kristen, the LAST THING I want is people to see “steph mignon” and feel the need to reach for their blood pressure meds/unfollow me because my views differ. Point taken. As always, thank you!

        • #21 by Author Kristen Lamb on January 12, 2015 - 1:05 pm

          I have briefly talked about politics on FB and religion. Usually on someone else’s thread and I do it in a way that is even-handed and non-threatening. But there are times I have to hit the DELETE and remember I am not the Jackass Whisperer.

          I don’t compromise who I am. If you think all gun owners are terrorists, then don’t befriend me because there is a GIANT pic of me with a sniper rifle. It is very clear I am a Texan, a Christian and conservative. But, I have followers and friends who are gay, transgender, Wiccan, atheist, and on and on. I give people a safe place for community.

          I am not going to be a drone, and don’t expect you guys to be either. But being transparent versus being on a soap box are different things entirely. And, if we wanted political rants, we would be watching CNN or Fox News, not sharing funny Star Wars memes on FB and talking GF recipes. We are often on social media to ESCAPE the heavy stuff that makes us “feel” angry and powerless.

          When we offer people what they NEED MOST—REFUGE/LOVE—that is the greatest gift of all.

          • #22 by Jason on January 13, 2015 - 4:32 pm

            Unless, of course, politics is your brand, and then I would think it would pay to be bold. Bold, as in being authentic, truthful, and raw. While, being respectful, fair, and open-minded.

            • #23 by Author Kristen Lamb on January 13, 2015 - 6:22 pm

              True, but most of the writers in my audience are novelists. And if you make politics your brand, have some seriously fireproof skin. I’ve blogged on Huffington about writing tips and had some of THE MOST HATEFUL and PERSONAL comments. People being cruel just because they can. And this is WRITING TIPS. I don’t have the stomach or constitution for politics, even though my degree was Political Economy of Middle East and North Africa. I could probably write some great blogs, but I ain’t going THERE *shivers*.

              And what happens is those who write romance or vampire books decide to write something political, then we see the flash and the mushroom cloud and the poor writer crumbles in the wave of ignorance and hate. No need to go there if it isn’t our brand.

              For those brave enough? I salute you.

  15. #24 by Tricia Drammeh on January 12, 2015 - 12:23 pm

    Wow, this is really great advice. I never thought about changing the hashtags on RTs, but I’ll be sure to do that from now on. I loved what you said at the beginning of your post about people who sell social media services. I’ve seen those people! They offer to blog for authors or post Tweets (for a hefty chunk of change, I might add), but they haven’t blogged in six months. Or their blog posts are riddled with errors. I would be super creeped-out and turned-off if I discovered someone I was chatting with on Twitter or FB was outsourcing. I want to talk to the person I think I’m talking with, not a social media salesperson.

  16. #25 by Catherine Hamrick on January 12, 2015 - 1:05 pm

    Excellent, as always.

  17. #26 by Maryann Miller (@maryannwrites) on January 12, 2015 - 1:05 pm

    I tried to change a hashtag on an RT and the field was not editable. No way to change or delete. ????

  18. #28 by MRS N, the Author on January 12, 2015 - 1:07 pm

    I love Twitter and I have been on there for a few years. I never thought about changing the hashtags when I RT. What a great idea! I will definitely try to do incorporate that. Excellent advice, Kristen!🙂

  19. #29 by Leah on January 12, 2015 - 2:01 pm

    I think this is why I have removed myself from social media, at least from FB and Twitter anyway. In the beginning Twitter was kind of fun – I acquired about 1,000 followers consisting of authors, bloggers, publishers, editors, etc. I followed their MS progress, their ups-and-downs of publishing, but after a couple of years it seems all I see is are the ads for their latest books with a one-liner from the blurb and a link. I do still have about three… yup, just three, authors who still personally tweet about their actual writing. And I love it when they talk about their upcoming book, spoilers and all!

    It seems too that the rules just get in the way of the fun. Like all of those posts on blogs about the 25 things you are NEVER to post on FB, listing just about anything and everything you would possibly have or want to talk about. I did have to step away from FB though due to the deluge of political rants. I just don’t need that.

    I prefer now to read up on my favorite authors via their blog/website – I don’t even follow/friend anymore. Too many rules, too little fun.

    • #30 by J. Curtis Cook (@brandontherocks) on January 14, 2015 - 10:16 am

      A few of my writer friends have plunged into Twitter and other social media for the sole purpose of promoting their upcoming book or film. They believe it is the key to success and use it relentlessly, posting what they call “bumper stickers” up to three times a day — or more.

      Over the period they have been wrapped up in this media activity, the writing they produce has dwindled and deteriorated (my opinion). I try to read their tweets now and then but I can’t make sense of it. It takes too much time and effort to stay up to date with them and the stuff they put out is either nonsensical or way too esoteric.

      Frankly, I can’t see how people who are so busy reading one-liners and expressing themselves in abbreviated code will ever take an interest in spending time with a thoughtful piece of literature, which is what I try to write. So I haven’t engaged in it myself although they keep telling me it is the only way to go.

      • #31 by Author Kristen Lamb on January 14, 2015 - 10:27 am

        But your friends/colleagues are spamming. They aren’t making connections with people who might like their genre. I only hop on a couple minutes a day and just am there and real.

        And be careful not to sell audiences short. E-readers and smartphones have more people reading than ever in human history, yet only about 6-8% of the literate population considers themselves to be READERS.

        But if I write vampire books, and I talk to people who LOVE #TrueBlood enough to want to talk about it on Twitter, how big of a leap is it to assume that the next time they are trapped in a doctor’s office that they might not at least buy my book? Or when they get that new Kindle as a gift? Whose books will they gravitate toward?

        ALL mega-successful books–50 Shades, Harry Potter, Ya Ya Sisterhood, etc–were birthed from people reading these books who DID NOT NORMALLY READ.

        So we have to be careful we don’t get elitist and assume that simply because someone is chatting on Twitter, they are too plebeian to read our book. This is comparing apples and oranges. Oh, because someone texts, they therefore will not appreciate literature.

        A lot of people tweet because it is a break during the day. They use it to stay on top of what is trending and meet people. They may be on a lunch break or stuck in an airport. To make such a simplified assumption about a potential audience is not only a non sequitor, but grossly flawed logic.

        It would be like me assuming because you read this blog, you aren’t interested in longer works. Make sense? Give the audience credit. They will surprise you😀 .

  20. #32 by Lisa Ricard Claro on January 12, 2015 - 2:12 pm

    Since I DID read Rise of the Machines, this was a great refresher for me. I’m still very much a newbie on Twitter. You sent me a gentle correction last week when I screwed up and did exactly what you’re talking about here. I’m pretty sure I RT’d something without changing the #s. My book doesn’t come out until June, so I’ve got five months to get this right and, hopefully, meet a lot of nice people along the way.

  21. #33 by wendyannedarling on January 12, 2015 - 2:23 pm

    I wonder if you can point me in the right direction Kristen? Some service is posting tweets through my account and, as a relative noob, I have no idea how to stop it. It irritates me so it’s probably really irritating others. Probably something I may inadvertently done, but maybe not.

    • #34 by Author Kristen Lamb on January 12, 2015 - 3:55 pm

      What service? You can interrupt it (probably) by changing your password.

      • #35 by wendyannedarling on January 17, 2015 - 1:24 pm

        Sometimes we just have to dig, don’t we?😀 I actually got around to clicking on my Twitter account tab and saw another tab labeled ‘Apps.’ Here I found a list of things that seemed to have been given permission to post from my account. I disallowed anything I didn’t recognize and the problem has stopped.

        Just thought I’d let you know that in case anyone reading this has encountered the same problem.

  22. #36 by Jean M. Cogdell on January 12, 2015 - 2:36 pm

    Reblogged this on jean's writing and commented:
    Ever wonder what’s the deal with #hastags and Twitter? Kristen Lamb explains everything in terms even I can understand.
    Happy Tweeting!

  23. #37 by SJ Francis on January 12, 2015 - 3:01 pm

    Love, love this post. I’ve been using twitter for just over a year now and still don’t know how the entire hash tag works. I don’t want to overwhelm anyone. I certainly don’t want to be a pain, just a peep. Thanks for this valuable information. You made the hashtag fiasco much easier to comprehend.
    Thanks again….Cheers! S.J. Francis

  24. #38 by Raani York on January 12, 2015 - 3:07 pm

    This is such a great and hilarious information post, Kristen.
    I have to admit, even though using it regularly for tweeting and re-tweeting, I’m still a Twitter Newbie… any information will help.

  25. #39 by conniecockrell on January 12, 2015 - 3:47 pm

    Thanks, Kristen. I still like a Twitter newbie, I never use hashtags and I can see from this post that I’m missing out by not doing so. I need to get that tweetdeck thing, too. Is there a place where I can find other hashtags? Example: #SciFi, #CozyMystery, #Rejection.

    • #40 by Author Kristen Lamb on January 12, 2015 - 3:54 pm

      Try them and see what comes up. If the hashtag no good, just delete. I recommend looking at your favorite TV shows.

  26. #41 by expressiveponderer on January 12, 2015 - 4:32 pm

    And I thought I knew how to use twitter.. I didn’t even know you could send automatic tweets:/

  27. #42 by TigerXGlobal (@TigerXGlobal) on January 12, 2015 - 5:17 pm

    I am going to get your book, plus this article, and hunker down with one of my Aussie author buds and TRY to beat the info into my tiny, ancient brain. This may be one of those “treat me like I’m 5” situations…

    Thanks for giving me a place to start that appears to be within my grasp!

  28. #43 by Rachel Thompson on January 12, 2015 - 5:21 pm

    Now I feel even better about not using twitter. Thanks, I almost considered it. I can confidently add this to my list of things I should never do like watch TV or go to church. Cool.

    • #44 by Author Kristen Lamb on January 12, 2015 - 6:29 pm

      Twitter is powerful for building a platform. It is the single best way to go viral and find readers. The trick is using it PROPERLY.

  29. #45 by Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life. on January 12, 2015 - 5:37 pm

    Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Some further great tips on Social Media dos and donts… from Kristen Lamb #useful #twittertips

  30. #46 by betnew on January 12, 2015 - 7:10 pm

    On my list is getting various social media set up for an author friend I am helping. Your advice is going to help me tremendously with that. Thanks!

  31. #47 by eileendandashi on January 12, 2015 - 9:07 pm

    I haven’t started really using Twitter the way I should, and I decided that 2015 will be the year of learning, both Twitter, using social media to benefit me and my support of authors. I’ve been following you for some time knowing you have great information I need to spend time to absorb.

    This year I also want to work on the craft of writing, I mean really work on it. In 2013 I challenged myself to NaNoWriMo and loved the experience. I haven’t gone back to my first draft to re-edit knowing I haven’t the tools in my tool chest. This year I want to do that. Less reading, less book reviews and more about improving myself. After all, I’m 65 and if I’m going to do something with my love of writing, I should venture forthwith!

  32. #48 by donaldkennethwalker on January 12, 2015 - 9:27 pm

    Twitter for me has been the great unknown of all the social media outlets. The Bermuda Triangle has nothing on the Twitterverse if you don’t have an inkling on how to use it. Safe to say some of my best 140 characters went unheard of as soon as I hit the send button. At least Alice had the company of a rabbit once she reached the bottom of the rabbit hole and entered Wonderland. Thanks to Kristen I will no longer be Alicia Silvestone clueless as I try my hand once again with Twitter. Going to make it a point order your book Rise of the Machines asap. Thank you once again for being one of the most informative blogs ever, keep up the great work.

  33. #49 by Natalie K. on January 12, 2015 - 9:42 pm

    I confess, I consider myself pretty well-versed in Twitter, but I hadn’t heard of the idea of changing hashtags when you retweet. It’s a great idea and I’ll have to remember to do that!🙂

  34. #50 by maedwards58 on January 12, 2015 - 10:57 pm

    As usual I love your unique style of advice, fresh and amusing, but most helpful. #indie🙂

  35. #51 by Nicci on January 13, 2015 - 3:09 am

    Great blog post. I will be putting a link

    I do pump my blog link out every day. I undid that when I read your book. Then I redid. It really helps out, but now I have to rethink this all again.

    • #52 by Author Kristen Lamb on January 13, 2015 - 10:56 am

      If you only do it once or twice and no hashtags it’s okay. But look at my post on the Boston bombing. If we suddenly have a catastrophe and then our automated tweet pops up with something cute? Regular people (READERS) don’t know about all the automation tools, so they assume we are being a selfish dirtbag.

      • #53 by Nicci on January 13, 2015 - 1:18 pm

        I scheduled it for 10 so I can check the news first! Of course, today I didn’t get online until 10:01. I hope nothing bad happened.

        It’s a really good thing to be aware of, and I LOVED your book, though it was very confronting. I eventually absorbed it, though I do have to reread it now that I’ve had nearly a year to adjust. The main thing is thinking tribal. That really gave me hope. It’s a different way of looking at things than the great sea of anonymity. And it’s a way that focuses one’s attention on relationships, which is such a good thing, not to mention realistic.

        Thanks for your reply!

  36. #54 by Suzanne Lucero (@S_Lucero) on January 13, 2015 - 5:53 am

    Not being a TweetDeck user (I’ll remedy that ASAP) I didn’t realize simply doing a RT while leaving the hashtag the same can cause problems. Well! See if I ever do THAT again. Thanks, Kristen.

  37. #55 by suecoletta on January 13, 2015 - 9:14 am

    What about those of us on Triberr? There’s no way to add hashtags unless you go into each post and change it, but then your visit to Triberr would take hours. Literally like half the day. Each post is shared anywhere from 50-400 times, depending on the quality, by our tribe-mates. Any suggestions?

    • #56 by Author Kristen Lamb on January 13, 2015 - 10:53 am

      I hate Triberr because it’s automation for the most part. But if you use it, just don’t put hashtags in. Let others add it for you. Triberr almost single-handedly demolished #MyWANA because of the links auto-pumping into the feed.

  38. #57 by Glynis Jolly on January 13, 2015 - 2:11 pm

    Although I’ve been totally clueless as to how to use the hashtag (until now), Twitter is my favorite social media site. I can converse with so many in a short amount of time just because of the 140 character limit. It’s almost like being in the neighbor coffee shop chitchatting with the people in my neighborhood.

    Now that I know something about the hashtag, I’ll use it and my tweets will be better. Thank you.

  39. #58 by Lilith Darville on January 13, 2015 - 4:52 pm

    Hi Kristen – great advice! I’ll certainly stop my tool hashtag behaviour whenever possible (I say it this way because my tablet and phone do not have the “quote” function, so it’s impossible to modify the RT). And thanks for sharing the #MyWANA hashtag. Cheers

  40. #59 by Lilith Darville on January 13, 2015 - 4:53 pm

    Reblogged this on Lilith Darville (Erotic Writer) and commented:
    Excellent advice!

  41. #60 by Alan H. on January 13, 2015 - 5:27 pm

    Reblogged this on The Phlogisticated Mind.

  42. #61 by Charmain Brackett on January 13, 2015 - 5:34 pm

    I still don’t get Twitter, but those automatic DMs that tell me to check out their blog/book/music etc. are so annoying.

  43. #62 by Jack on January 13, 2015 - 7:05 pm

    Thanks so much for the twitter information. Can be confusing for old timers. A lot clearer now.

  44. #63 by davidjhovsepian on January 14, 2015 - 11:36 am

    this really helpful.

  45. #64 by mamalisa4 on January 14, 2015 - 1:46 pm

    Okay! I set up twitter! YAY!!! Now what? What do I tweet? They are just supposed to be short little snippets right? IDK, Im lost! HELP!!!!! DO I paste links to my blog post? Do I post snippets of my blog posts? What am I suppose to do? Who am I & what am I doing here ? LOL

    • #65 by Author Kristen Lamb on January 14, 2015 - 4:15 pm

      Tweet, Help me #MyWANA peeps and we will find you from there😀.

      • #66 by mamalisa4 on January 14, 2015 - 7:31 pm

        Done!! HELP!!! LOL

        Thank you🙂

        • #67 by Author Kristen Lamb on January 15, 2015 - 10:27 am

          Tweet me at @KristenLambTX and I’ll make sure to get you started.

          • #68 by mamalisa4 on January 15, 2015 - 10:39 am

            just did!! Thank you so, so, so much!!

  46. #69 by Phil Harrison on January 14, 2015 - 6:00 pm

    Why does the Boston Marathon post take me to your wp-admin to edit? I mean I’m denied [a good thing] but the link shouldn’t take me there.

  47. #72 by macjam47 on January 14, 2015 - 8:56 pm

    Thanks for the great information. I am not very Twitter savy, but I’m trying hard to master Twitter.
    LOL

  48. #73 by Sarah Brentyn on January 15, 2015 - 6:43 pm

    I don’t use automation and never have. Mostly because I’m afraid of it.😉 Though, of course, many “experts” say I should be. That I’m doing it wrong by not automating my tweets (or some of them). As far as tactic #3, there are whole groups of people on Twitter who don’t use hashtags. Not that I’ve noticed, at least. Is this not cool anymore or something? I can just hear them through the screen, “Hashtags are like SO last season.” I don’t get it. When I RT and add hashtags, I think I’m offending them. I’m officially uncool or something.😀 Unbelievable.

  49. #74 by lone lee west on January 16, 2015 - 4:36 am

    i dunno ’bout runnin’ from da law, but it’s good to be on da lamb. tanx, kristen, youz iz alright…

  50. #75 by suesconsideredtrifles on January 17, 2015 - 4:36 am

    I am enjoying these posts about social media, Kristen and have linked to this one in my own post for later today. Sue

  51. #76 by Leila on January 19, 2015 - 6:02 pm

    Reblogged this on Leila's Howls and commented:
    Phew! Only just getting used to # not being numbers! Good explanation here, though now terrified all my unedited retweets are clogging up the twittersphere. Not understanding technology is mega-aging!

  52. #77 by lynntesli on January 19, 2015 - 6:54 pm

    Retweeted this🙂 Great advise (and witty). I am clueless! How do I even retweet and change the tags? Oh my, I’m really not skilled at this. I only just started twitting. It’s not a big hit in Norway, where I’m from, but it seems to be a really nice tool and I keep finding interesting pages and people like you🙂 Thanks a bunch!

    • #78 by Author Kristen Lamb on January 20, 2015 - 7:43 am

      Great to meet you! As a weird aside, I just started learning Norwegian because that’s where my family is from. Though the only ones fluent aren’t around anymore.😦 If you can speak THAT language? You can RULE Twitter, LOL.

  53. #79 by Selene on January 23, 2015 - 3:07 am

    I’m living abroad, so I’m in the wrong time-zone for many US-tweeps. I usually post 2 links to my blog posts a day, one in the late afternoon my time, which becomes late-ish morning eastern US time, and then I schedule another post for the middle of the night my time, which becomes evening eastern US time. Is that wrong? It’s true I can’t stop the post in case something happens, but otherwise I basically can’t reach a large part of my followers. Often I comment on some people’s tweets when they are asleep, and they reply later when they are awake, and vice versa. (Which is not ideal because I can rarely have “live” talks with them, but what else can I do?)

  54. #80 by kandykayscaramuzzo on January 23, 2015 - 3:47 pm

    Query for you. What about tweet groups? The ones where everyone goes through and tweets the same thing to all their followers. We are talking several hundred tweets per day that are basically about a book for sale? What is your opinion of those?

  55. #82 by Kelly on January 24, 2015 - 10:09 am

    Great post! #hilarious #pullsnopunches

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