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#1 Jean Oram

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Posted 09 December 2010 - 01:27 PM

Have you ever noticed that despite getting notifications every few days that you have a new Twitter follower that your number of followers never seems to increase? That's because folks are unfollowing you just as quickly and that can be a bit of a bummer. If you are wondering why or simply looking to buff up on your Twitter etiquette (or maybe just curious) this article is for you!

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While some seem like no-brainers, #7 took me by surprise:

7. You’re fake: If you’re upbeat all the time, prepare to be unfollowed.


I try to be professional (especially online) and not gripe about smashing half my baking dishes by accident and whine on about how I can never seem to get all the things done in a day that are on my list, but it seems that maybe being all chipper and upbeat (which is who I try to be in real life) might be coming across as fake. Wow. I would never have gone there. But as Lisa Barone says in her article, you have to do what works for you... So, yay me! I get to go buy new baking dishes! :biggrin:

How about you? Were there ones on the list that surprised you or made you curious?

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#2 C. Taylor

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Posted 09 December 2010 - 05:47 PM

I wouldn't worry about being chipper all the time, Jean. It's why we love you! :biggrin:

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Posted 09 December 2010 - 07:07 PM

# 7 caught me by surprise too.

I like up-beat people, especially on days when I'm feeling down. I like hearing the funny things that happen to people through the day. It's probably why I tweet weird stuff that happens to me. I think that makes followers feel more like they're your friend.

One thing I don't care for, is auto follow. I've been dropped by people just because I won't follow them. Fine with me, you just get to miss all my little pearls of wisdom. :P

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Posted 09 December 2010 - 07:10 PM

I think the reasons that people unfollow are as myriad as the reasons that agents will reject a manuscript. It all boils down to personal taste, and not everybody likes sweets. I wouldn't worry about it, though — I don't think this was a particularly scientific poll.

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Posted 10 December 2010 - 08:43 AM

The only thing that makes me unfollow people, personally, is spamming me with contests and freebies and STUFF that just crowds my page.

Although, there's one author I follow who tweets political stuff all the time, some of it pretty rude, and she is this.close to getting unfollowed. I don't need to roll my eyes every time I check Twitter.

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Posted 10 December 2010 - 12:55 PM

I wouldn't worry about being chipper all the time, Jean. It's why we love you! :biggrin:


Awwww. :wub:

J.L. I hadn't heard of auto follow. Interesting idea.

For me, I will unfollow people if all they do is give updates on what they are eating, doing, etc. For example, I really don't care if they have taken their stepkids to gymnastics. It might be cold and callous, but I don't. :wink: I use Twitter as a way to find out more about the business of writing and find resources and opportunities. I guess, I use it as a business tool rather than for the 'social' (media) aspect.

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Posted 12 December 2010 - 04:46 PM


J.L. I hadn't heard of auto follow. Interesting idea.


Not really, it's just when you automatically follow a person who follows you, and to me, it's annoying as heck. I follow people because they interest me, or I know them and I intereact with them. Lists or no list, I can't, for the life of me, understand how people can follow thousands of people.

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Posted 12 December 2010 - 05:02 PM

Awwww. :wub:

J.L. I hadn't heard of auto follow. Interesting idea.

For me, I will unfollow people if all they do is give updates on what they are eating, doing, etc. For example, I really don't care if they have taken their stepkids to gymnastics. It might be cold and callous, but I don't. :wink: I use Twitter as a way to find out more about the business of writing and find resources and opportunities. I guess, I use it as a business tool rather than for the 'social' (media) aspect.


Exactly.
I don't post often, but if I hear of something interesting in the industry, or have a friend who needs a 'boost' when their book comes out I let folks know. IMHO Twitter is an awesome way to pay it forward. Speaking of which, here's a good post on Twitter etiquette by a good friend, Steven York:
http://www.yorkwrite...or-writers.html

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Posted 12 December 2010 - 05:40 PM

Exactly.
I don't post often, but if I hear of something interesting in the industry, or have a friend who needs a 'boost' when their book comes out I let folks know. IMHO Twitter is an awesome way to pay it forward. Speaking of which, here's a good post on Twitter etiquette by a good friend, Steven York:
http://www.yorkwrite...or-writers.html


That is a very good post CC. Thanks for sharing!

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Posted 13 December 2010 - 02:06 AM

That is a very good post CC. Thanks for sharing!


You're welcome. :wink:

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Posted 14 December 2010 - 02:30 PM

Good one, CandyCane. A lot of great advice in that post.

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Posted 08 February 2016 - 02:59 PM

I will feel unfollow anyone who uses crowdfire, who spams me, who fills up my feed with useless promo junk for their self-published novels, whole political beliefs offend me, who posts porn, or even who simply bores me. Twitter is the Wild West, you can unfollow people capriciously because they irritate you and it's totes fine. I like to keep my Twitter feed something I actually want to read so I do unfollow people or organizations who commit a whole range of sins including but not limited to: excessive hashtags, only promoting their book an nothing else, freebies, shopping shit, only retweets of photos if I don't like them. It's your Twitter. You can do whatever you want with it.


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