Funny about Money

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. ―Edmund Burke

Yeah, I was right…

…I hate Twitter. Yes, I do. I hate Twitter.

Now, admittedly I thought I would hate Twitter when the thing first developed. The very concept was anathema, then as now. But okay. I know. One must go with the flow. Especially if one wishes to sell stuff, apparently. Or if one wishes to waste vast swaths of one’s time. I guess.

Lookit this:



Pretty typical stuff, it is. Either ad after ad after mind-numbing ad for low-rent self-published fiction (and YES that IS exactly what we’re publishing over at Camptown Races Press) or toilet-paper rolls of drivel and irrelevancy.


Can it possibly be effective, even faintly effective, to cultivate a presence in any such swamp? How? How on earth can anyone manage to get any worthwhile attention amid all this meaningless, mind-numbing, brain-thwacking static?

Okay. I’m tired. It’s raining. It’s so humid that just sitting here on a chair in front of a computer causes dew to form all over your body. The dogs are comatose. I am comatose.

But I believe the reason I’m comatose has more to do with Twitter than 90% humidity on a 90-degree day.

Ugh. Wasting my time gives me hives.


Author: funny

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  1. Ok those people are doing it very very wrong. They would not just not be followed, but I would block them from following me because bot-like accounts are annoying.

    I suspect the problem is that marketing on Twitter isn’t as simple as it sounds. In my experience on Twitter, admittedly not marketing at all but I use it a LOT, no one except bots will follow an account that doesn’t engage with non marketing things because most of us tend to treat Twitter as a place for conversation. It’s where I’ve found some favorite authors and the key thing about them is that they are people on twitter first, and their announcements about their wares comes second. In a cocktail party analogy, you’re not going to stick around the person who has nothing to say but advertising, but if there’s someone you’ve come to know and like mentions they have new work coming out for purchase, you’re probably likely to pick it up even if just to support them. @introvertedwife and @ericajmonroe are two authors I’ve come to know on a personal level. I knew them first as people and then as authors, and because of that personal relationship, it’s easier to help tout their work because they are multidimensional people. I’m not just mindlessly RTing or sharing an ad-tweet.

    All that to say, if you’re going to use Twitter for the CR, I’m guessing you would probably benefit from having someone spend a bit of time being the person behind the Twitter account and talking to, rather than at, people.

    • Yes, I think you’re incredibly right-on. The only posts that are even remotely worth looking at are ones where someone publishes a lead to an interesting story or factoid, a personal picture (preferably of their dog or cat…but food porn will do), humor, or a bon mot of some kind.

      One of the social media experts who recently presented training sessions at the Small Business Admin here recommended a number of Twitter tools. In the brief introduction to those, it looked like what they do is take a post and keep jerking it up there every hour or so, or at scheduled times, over a given period.

      That’s gotta be what these people are doing when they flash their cover image and the same one-line pitch over and over and over. It’s hard to see that as very useful.

      I’m concerned about unfollowing people, because I have the impression (unfounded??) that the more followers you have, the more credibility (or something) you have. We’re told that literary agents and publishers, for example, want to know how many followers you have, in total, on all your social media.

      So…do numbers matter? Or do numbers just add up to clutter?