What In The World Are You Retweeting?!!!
Hello all! Today is your lucky day! (again). You get to hear me “rant” (albeit just a little) about what you guys retweet. Although this thought had been in my head for quite some time, two people popped up last week and said to ME: @nonniejules It’s nice that people RT and all, but these guys need to RT stuff regarding our books. That’s why we’re here, right? I mean, does the world really need to know that my other Twitter friend said “Good morning?” (These two tweets were combined).
I often speak about SUPPORT and how important it is to show support of your peers/colleagues/friends, whatever you want to call them, but, it’s also very important that you show that support in a mindful manner. To me, that means a couple of things:
1) When one of your Twitter friends has shared a link, or has posted something on your FB wall, take the time to actually click on that link and read what is being shared BEFORE you send it out into your neck of the world. This is for a few reasons: a) it might be something that goes against everything you believe in. What if Hitler has been re-incarnated and he has started a campaign to incite more hatred? Is that really something that you want to spread around, or is that something you’d be more apt to stifle? b) When people share something with you asking for your support, they’re not only asking you to spread the word, they are probably asking for YOUR support personally, and c) That link just might be something you’re really interested in or the information you were really seeking earlier. Go figure!
If someone has retweeted or favorited something of mine, I click on their handle, read their Twitter bio at the top to see what they’re all about, then from there, I decide if I’d like to follow them or just go ahead and reciprocate the support with a retweet. And just in case you’re wondering, “NO,” I don’t follow EVERYBODY. I’m not one of those who’s trying to rack up my Twitter Followers number. For instance, I recently came across a bio that read “I HATE OBAMA!” Well, obviously I chose to NOT FOLLOW that person. Not because they don’t like Obama, that is certainly their choice. But, because I like Obama (he’s pretty cute and charming), I don’t necessarily want that person’s negative feel about him on my timeline. I don’t care to see it. And, THAT IS MY CHOICE!
2) When you go to RT someone (now this is very important), TAKE THE TIME to actually skim their timeline and RT or SHARE “something of substance.” Yes, they may have posted a picture of the steak they had for lunch, but that doesn’t mean they necessarily want the whole world in on it. Maybe it is for their spouse who is on the other side of the world at the moment and sharing what they ate, makes them feel closer to one another. But, seriously, do WE really need to RT that unless they ask? NO, we don’t.
3) Lastly, here is the BIG one. When I go to tweet or RT something from another’s timeline, and I have to scroll through a million RTs that they’ve done of others (although this IS admirable and probably will get you the monthly INDIE AUTHOR ON THE MOVE award), you know what I end up doing? I pop out of their timeline, and simply tweet to them, “THANKS!”
I have made it known that when someone retweets me, I say THANK YOU by retweeting them. Twitter only allots a certain number of tweets per day, and I like to use mine wisely, which is why you will never see me carrying on a full-fledged, lengthy conversation with someone via Twitter. That’s what email is for.
So, here is where you can help those who are perusing your timeline looking for something of substance to retweet on your behalf. For every 4 retweets (or even SHARES on FB) that you do for someone else, tweet something of yours that you would like retweeted. That’s exactly what I do! 4 or 5 for them, 1 or 2 for me, then repeat!
I never want someone wasting their precious limited number of Twitter allotments by just saying THANK YOU to me! So, if that’s your approach as well, then please make it easy for someone to support you properly.
I’m going to wrap this rant up here. It wasn’t that bad, now was it? But, seriously, if you take only one thing away from this post please let it be this: WHEN YOU RETWEET SOMEONE, TAKE THE TIME TO SKIM FOR THAT TWEET OF SUBSTANCE. Take the time to seek out that tweet that will encourage someone else to check out an author’s book or blog, listen to a musician’s music, or purchase a masterpiece created by the hands of a starving artist! We’re all starving artists, aren’t we? So, let’s take the time to feed each other (SUPPORT) in the most beneficial way possible.
Don’t make me have to pop up here again and ask: “WHAT IN THE WORLD ARE YOU RETWEETING?”
What’s your retweeting formula? Do you have one? We’d all love to hear about it!
- How Will ‘Retweeting’ Advantage You on Twitter? (dieuhan15.wordpress.com)