First, check out War of Nytefall: Rivalry. Now on to the topic at hand.
Last weekend, I mentioned that I was getting frustrated with Twitter. There doesn’t seem to be any payoff to using it. So, I did a little goofing off this week when I could. Some was even on purpose. I’m just going to put up my points:
- Twitter feeds are so clogged that it is hard to find promos. Within seconds, I would see something I wanted to retweet has disappeared and I’m looking at either porn, politics, gibberish, or a trending comment. You have to check constantly or specifically go to a person’s page to check them out. This means only doing 1 unpinned tweet a day won’t get you very far. Your own retweets to get attention will drown the tweet.
- My War of Nytefall: Rivalry tweets ended up not having an Amazon page preview. I put the picture on the first one after I noticed, but I did the second through Hootsuite and rushed it. So, I didn’t see where the picture went. I decided to see how this one does with no image. It was terrible. Think it got into the 40’s by the next morning and I’m usually looking at 90’s and low 100’s. Images are essential!
- Changing out the pinned post every day helps give regulars something to share and revives you in the feed. Yet, it’s not easy to figure out what to do to keep things fresh if you’re promoting a book. I left a pinned post up and saw things trickle in. The initial day was busy and then it was a constant 5-6 every few years. It would go up when I had time to retweet other authors.
- This means that shares are mostly coming from authors who are either returning the favor or wanting you to return the favor. Nobody seems to really be buying if they don’t know the other author. This is why blogging is a better platform because you can have better interactions.
- Too many people want to have public conversations that border on an argument. I’m not saying this happened to me. Just something I saw.
I didn’t get to test out the ‘Twitter question’ idea. That will be for next weekend when I have more time. What I’m going to try this week is set up one pinned post on Sunday and let it ride for the week. Doubt this will get sales, but it will keep me active enough to retain some presence. You never know when Twitter will come in handy. Other authors get a lot out of it, so you don’t want to cut them off.
People talked about it last Saturday, but I’ll ask again. What do you think of Twitter lately? What kind of questions should be asked? (I’m thinking author and silly.)