I’ve been meaning to write this post for a long time. Now, some might know that I am easily annoyed at times (I know, it’s my cross, well, one of them… so don’t judge me…as my teenager says to me constantly), but there is this one thing that pushes my annoyance level to the mighty limits! It’s not something extremely bad, but it is one of those “things.” I must take some of the “jab” out of this post before I really get started, because now more than ever, I am coming to the realization that people just don’t know and they aren’t intentionally trying to stomp all over my nervous system. This is why we’ve started SOCIAL MEDIA SAVVY – #RRBC STYLE!
So, here’s that “thing” that I mentioned and there are two important parts to it:
1) Each time you send a tweet in someone’s honor (like promoting their book or event), always include their Twitter handle. If you only include their name, 9 times out of 10, I will bet my bottom dollar, they won’t even see it. Twitter mentions don’t come to our Twitter feed via our “real” names, they come via our Twitter handles (@nonniejules). So, if you were to send the following tweet in my honor: “Nonnie Jules is on a blog tour beginning…” I wouldn’t see it, as it wouldn’t show up in my feed. BUT, if you sent the same tweet in this manner: “@NonnieJules is on a blog tour beginning…” I would see it (and would probably start jumping up and down at your kindness!), and I’d be able to RT it as well as hopping over to your Twitter feed to return the favor!
2) Twitter allots us only 140 characters per tweet and yet, I’ve seen some of you wasting those measly characters by doing this (take a look at a sample tweet):
“Nonnie Jules is on a blog tour beginning…@nonniejules.“ Can anyone spot the part that increases my annoyance level? If you have listed someone’s Twitter handle in a tweet, don’t go wasting your small allotment of characters by also including their “real” name. This only takes up space where you could probably be listing a very useful hashtag like #RRBC or #RaveReviewsBookClub, which would bring more attention to that tweet.
Again, I am starting to realize that a lot of our members (as well as the general public), just don’t know how to use social media effectively, and that’s OK. We all had to learn the things that we know now, at some point in our lives. We must be patient with those who are simply terrified of social media (as I was at one point, and still am in certain arenas…I will admit to only understanding with “some” clarity, Twitter).
Thanks for your understanding of my high annoyance level, which is just there to give my aging hormones a reason to be, so in reality, it has nothing to do with any of you at all.
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