Two more weeks until Christmas!
As the big day approaches and the already frenzied activity on social media becomes even more frenzied, I find myself becoming a little Scrooge-like. Perhaps I’m developing a curmudgeonly streak in my (relatively) old age, but I have less and less patience these days with social media shouters. Part of it’s my fault: I probably follow too many people indiscriminately, but I do like to show that I support other writers and that my communication isn’t a one-way street.
Last week — after gnashing my teeth in frustration — it struck me that maybe the individuals raising my dander weren’t actually aware of the mistakes they were making. So, in the spirit of the season and to help said individuals, I’ve decided to compile a list of what I find annoying on Twitter and Facebook. I realise it’s a personal thing and everyone has different thresholds, but please feel free to chip in with your own or challenge what I’ve written.
- Endless tweets featuring glowing quotes from reviewers, complete with Amazon link. I don’t mind a few here and there, but when I keep seeing the same glowing quotes without any personal interaction from the same account, it gets old, fast.
- Calling your own book ‘the next best-seller’ or something equally lofty. I understand we need to have confidence in our work etc, but this just makes me cringe — and doesn’t do you any favours.
- Sending me a DM asking me to RT something you’ve tweeted. First of all, if I wanted to RT, I would. And secondly, it’s annoying to scroll through all your tweets to find what you want me to tweet about!
- ‘I’ll retweet you if you retweet me.’ Um, no. I’ll RT you if I want to, and I don’t expect you to automatically do the same for me.
- ‘Thanks for following! Please like my Facebook page.’ As above.
- Endless RTs of the same thing. I understand RT’ing a few times to catch different time zones, but sometimes I’ve seen the same thing for days on end.
- Sending messages as soon as I ‘friend’ you, asking me to read and critique your work.
- Ditto for asking me to like your FB page as soon as I friend you, or asking me to buy your book. At least say hello first!
- Tagging me in photos completely unrelated to, well, anything!
- Posting about your book on my wall without asking me first.
Gosh, I think I’ve run out of steam (and ire!). Let me finish on a positive note by saying that I’ve met many great people through social media and I think it’s a great tool to connect writers with readers. But, like anything, it needs to be used properly.
What have I missed? What behaviour have you seen on social media that drives you crazy – or, on the flip side, that you find particularly effective?