How To Become a Great Supporter on and off Social Media…namely Twitter!

Hello Twitter!  Hello Facebook!  Hello all you other fantastically, engaging social media forums (many of which I’m not familiar with at all).  Lastly, hello to all you wonderful people who utilize these mediums with great success.

Since the inception of MySpace, Facebook, Twitter and numerous other social media forums, we are now living in an age of unlimited ways to market ourselves, our products, our life, and everything about, and around us. (I, for one don’t think this over-sharing of information is at all safe or a good idea, by the way.  I use social media STRICTLY for marketing and business purposes only).

Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “I will never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be.”  What does that mean to?  Well, to me it means that we all need one another and that if I am to reach my highest potential, I cannot stand and look down on you, step over you, or leave you behind on my journey to success.  I have to lift you up, propel you, and even let you stand on my shoulders if need be, so you can reach your highest potential, because once again, I can’t be truly successful until you are truly successful…my equal, standing right beside me.  Repeat after me: I AM MY BROTHERS KEEPER!  It would do some well to remember this.

If you’re on social media, I am all for you tooting your own horn.  You guys already know this…I write about it, I tweet about it, I live it.  But, we also need to realize that “spreading the wealth, sharing someone else’s word,” is also the way to get us where we need to be.

I like to think of myself as being a great supporter of others.  I work at it truly hard, I do.  It’s extremely important to me that we all succeed, because something inside of me cannot truly feel successful, if you aren’t just as successful.

So, if you aren’t already, here is how you too, can become a GREAT SUPPORTER of others on and off Social Media…namely Twitter.

TOOT YOUR OWN HORN, BUT TOOT THE HORN OF OTHERS, AS WELL:  It’s ludicrous to think that as authors, artists, musicians, etc., that we are not going to tell the world about what we do.  That’s crazy!  I, for one, am definitely not working as hard as I am to sit quietly and not share with the world my hard work.  BUT, I know that there are others who are working just as hard, just as tirelessly as I am to get their work out to the masses, too, so I spend as much time tooting the horn of others as I do my own.

DON’T JUST RT TWEETS THAT CONTAIN YOUR OWN HANDLE, RT THE WORK OF OTHERS, AS WELL:  When it comes to Twitter, I have noticed that some only RT tweets that contain their @TwitterHandle/name in them.  These people don’t take the time to RT anything having to do with someone else’s work or message, and if you peruse their timeline, you will know exactly what I’m talking about.  These people are self-serving and ONLY care about themselves.  Some might think, “Oh, they’re a great supporter because they’re RTing me…” but when you look a little closer, you’ll find that they weren’t supporting you at all, they were putting themselves out there.  I say again, take a look at their timeline and see if you can find any tweet or RT that’s not about them or doesn’t have their handle in it.   (And FYI, if I’ve supported those people, it wasn’t for long. I have a very keen eye for things like this, and I do take notice.  I have no desire to support those who are only out for themselves).

TAKE TIME TO ACTUALLY READ A TWEET OR CLICK A LINK BEFORE YOU RT IT.  Unless it’s someone I’m very familiar with on Twitter, I don’t just randomly RT people’s tweets that contain links.  As I’ve stated in a previous blog, I want to ensure that what I’m sharing with my little corner of the world, is positive and useful.  I don’t want to blindly RT a tweet that might be laced with hate or something that’s inciting hate.  So, take the time to actually “know” what you’re sharing with the world before you do.  It only takes a second.

TAKE THE TIME TO ACTUALLY SUPPORT THE EFFORTS OF OTHERS.  When my Twitter friends/peers share something with me asking for my support, I take a look at it and typically offer my support right away.  Going back to the above tip, ACTUALLY TAKE THE TIME TO READ WHAT OTHERS  ARE SHARING WITH YOU INSTEAD OF BEING SO QUICK TO HIT THE RT BUTTON.  Support is more than just retweeting.  Please remember that.

ESTABLISH AND NURTURE YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA CONTACTS OFF-LINE, AS WELL AS ON.  I have a handful of Twitter friends that I talk to over the phone on a very regular basis.  I met each of these wonderful people on Twitter and we felt comfortable enough to take the connection off line.  We mail each other things (personal birthday cards as well as sharing our  marketing material, etc.) for the purpose of us to continually support one another.  Here In Louisiana, I am spreading the word about my author friends who live in Detroit, California, Florida, Oregon, Canada, Australia, etc.  If I hand out calling cards for my books, I hand out theirs as well.  And by the same token, my cards, bookmarks, etc. are being shared in those parts of the world.  These may be people you never lay eyes on in your life, but you have established and nurtured that “friendship” well beyond the internet and you can take comfort in knowing that the relationship is mutually beneficial.  Hence, you being a great supporter off-line as well as on.

PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR CORE CIRCLE OF FRIENDS/SUPPORTERS ON TWITTER SO THAT WHEN THEY’RE ABSENT FOR A WHILE, YOU CAN CHECK IN ON THEM.  I tend to know who’s not been very active in my circle of people on Twitter and if I notice that someone’s been pretty quiet for a time, I run over to their timeline to see the last time they tweeted and then I will ask if anyone’s seen them.  From there, I will continue to RT their professional (not personal) promos until they return.  (If you’d like to know why I mentioned “professional” promos, check out my blog WHAT IN THE WORLD ARE YOU RETWEETING?!)

CONSTANTLY LOOK FOR WAYS TO SHOWCASE THE WORK OF OTHERS ON YOUR WEBSITES, YOUR BLOGS, IN YOUR OWN WORK:  If you’ve spent any amount of time on my blog here, you will notice that I have established all sorts of avenues to support my fellow authors.  There’s a BLOG TOUR SUPPORTERS list for those seeking hosts for blog tours, there’s a list of great reading material written by great authors, and so much more.  Under the acknowledgements page of my book, “DAYDREAM’S DAUGHTER, NIGHTMARE’S FRIEND,”  I list the Twitter handles of all my supportive Twitter and FB friends, as well as anyone who has supported me in any way.  WHY do these things, some have asked?  Well, when I first embarked on a blog tour, it was difficult to find others who were willing to host me.  Some said, “I only host my friends.” (Give me a break.  Are you kidding me?  Are we in 4th grade still where we only play with our special friends?).  OK, let me get back on track.  So, here are my reasons:   a) I wanted to take the struggle for other authors embarking on blog tours, out of having to find hosts, so I compiled a list of those that are known to host others, even those who aren’t their friends;  b)  On the GREAT READS BY GREAT AUTHORS list, I wanted ANOTHER forum to showcase the work of authors, and although I know there are many, this was just an added and very welcomed addition.  By the way, this list has about 40 authors listed to date and yet, it has been RTed over 2,000 times (are you on it yet?);  and c)  Listing the Twitter handles of those that have supported me and those who continually support me, shows the world that these are great people.  I then ask my readers to head over to Twitter to follow and show these people support, as well.

So, there you have it, people.  If you want to become a great supporter on and off social media…namely Twitter, start to implement the tips I’ve listed above and then you’ll be well on your way to being recognized as a GREAT SUPPORTER!

And remember…we’re all birds of a feather, so let’s flock and stick together!


Before you leave, do you have any tips that you use to make yourself stand out as a great supporter on social media?  We could never have too many so please share.


  1. Reblogged this on Lizzie Chantree and commented:
    Great post by Nonnie!


  2. Great post Nonnie! It made me smile, as we all have different ways of tweeting. I taught myself how to use Twitter a few months after I published my first book, so I have been using the account for a little over a year. I do like to say thank you for RT’s, but don’t thank everyone as it would take too long. I agree that using a twitter handle in each tweet lets the person know you are talking about them. If someone has many followers, they will miss a tweet unless it has their @ name included. Networking hours are a great way for people to promote their writing, but I think they are about helping others too. Mutual support is the way forward. It’s great fun and it feels good to showcase other creatives.


  3. Reblogged this on Michaelphelps1's Blog and commented:
    Not being so savvy at facebook, Twitter, etc. – this is advice I need and I fiond is worth reading. Hope it helps someone reading it here on my blog. THANK YOU, NONNIE JULES of RRBC!


  4. This is an excellent post on how you can support your fellow author, Nonnie. When I first joined RRBC I tweeted everything that had #RRBC on it, and I learned quickly of some who only posted their own books or about themselves. Later, I learned about some with RRBC in the post who weren’t RRBC members and some with RRBC in the post were tweeting non-RRBC members. I started clicking on links to see what I was retweeting. For a little white I stopped RTing those who only tweeted themselves and never RTed about anyone else, but then I thought, no, I will RT their posts anyway. Seeing that I RTed them, I noticed some would eventually RT my work also. However, I go an extra mile for those who RT and posts other authors’ work. I have a list and it is growing by leaps and bounds. I have a Monday tweet list, a Tuesday tweet list, etc. And it’s not just a shout out of their handle to follow them. I take the time to go to Amazon and look up their books, get at least one of their book titles and URL link to add to the link. Is it time consuming? Yes, but I think in the long term it is worth it. I believe wholeheartedly in the quote, “Do unto others AS YOU EXPECT them to do unto you.” And as I mentioned before, I used to be a cheerleader in school, and I’ve taken that mindset and applied it to my fellow authors.


    • Shirley Harris-Slaughter

      Kim I try to take the time to RT and support other members like you only there is no method to my madness. I’m terrible at scheduling time but working at that. I try to copy links after reviewing them and I too have discovered folks who are not members using our hashtags. I think in the future when I run across these characters I will invite them into the club if I like what they represent. You really have to be careful that you are not tweeting folks who are not on the same wave length and thought process as you. lol


  5. Reblogged this on Kim's Author Support Page and commented:
    Excellent post on how you can support your fellow author.


  6. Reblogged this on Rave Reviews by Nonnie Jules and commented:
    I’m all for you tweeting your own horn, but tweeting the horn of others a bit louder, is where the real marketing skill lies.


  7. Really great advice here! Glad i found your blog! 🙂


  8. Interesting pointers on how writers can help support one another.


  9. Gary, yes, we do need to all look out for one another. It’s the only way we can truly make it in this world. Thanks for stopping by and joining in on the conversation. Hope to see you again soon!


  10. Great post! Good advice that all users of social media should follow, especially indy writers. We need to always look out for one another.

    This is my first visit to your blog and I’ll keep it bookmarked.



  11. You nailed this right on the head…great work as always Nonnie! 🙂


  12. This was a beautiful post Nonnie and I also loved your thoughtful tips to spread a bit of kindness. I agree that the only way forward is through solidarity and mutual assistance and I daily RT my Twitter friends’ posts as well as promote them steadily on FB and comment on their blogposts, even if they don’t always reciprocate. Twitter is to me the best place online to make friends and to find assistance with self promotion and I feel blessed with the friends and allies I have made there.


    • Effrosyni, thanks for stopping by and your kind words. It’s great that you’re that kind of supporter, and it’s also great that you continue to support when it’s not being reciprocated, but you will get to a point (as I do at times) and you will come to realize that your support is best given in places where it is better appreciated. There is no give without take in this world, not for very long, sadly, but give what you can and then when you truly come to the realization that your support is not being returned, put it in other places. You will eventually get what you put in, out ten fold.


  13. Kathryn and Shirley, you two guys are my backbone!!! Thanks bunches!!


  14. Great information as always Nonnie.


  15. Shirley Harris-Slaughter

    Nonnie as always I will add this to my Nonnie collections. Good Stuff!!


  16. Jennie, you are so sweet. I’m glad that someone is learning something from me. I’m no expert, but I do know what has worked for me and I always like to share in hopes that someone will be enlightened. Thank you!


  17. Hi, Nonnie: I love your informative posts! I am new to social media and haven’t learned how to use it all properly. Thanks for explaining how to use Twitter in a supportive way. I always learn from you. Jennie


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