Tweet-y Bird

I received a direct message from someone I was following on Twitter. (Notice I said was following? Anyone who sends me junk gets unfollowed.) The message included a link to a site that promised to automate my Twitter. It will find followers for me, it will Tweet for me, and it will read the feed for me. Well, perhaps I exaggerating a bit when it comes to the last point, but the first two are true. It makes me wonder what the point of it is. Who are we tweeting to? Birds? Bugs? Bots?

Even without signing up for the various sites that purport to help me live a tweeter life, I still participate in a bit of automation. Whenever I post a blog, WordPress automatically updates Twitter, which in turn updates MySpace and LinkedIn. Perhaps I am missing the point. I do know Twitter is supposed to about real people talking in real time about real subjects, but I have yet to participate in a real conversation. Occasionally I RT (retweet) someone’s update, sometimes I remember to return a #FF (Follow Friday), but for the most part I don’t see anything I want to comment on. As I said, I could be missing the point.

I’m rethinking my social networking time. After my blog tour, I’m going to be spending way less time on the computer. (Eyestrain, anyone?) I want to go more for quality than quantity. I used to friend everyone on Facebook I could, but now I unfriend anyone who spams me. I have a particular dislike of people who arbitrarily stick me in a group in order to send me junk, because even if I delete the message, I keep getting messages as long as anyone in the group responds. Don’t get me wrong — I like getting messages that are sent to me, specifically, and I always respond. I just don’t like anonymity. (If you knew me in offline life, you would be laughing at the irony of such a statement. Offline, I am the epitome of privacy.)

I’m looking forward to taking a step back from online activities. So much of it seems counterproductive, even foolish, that I will be better off working on my poor neglected WIP. At least I will have accomplished something.

Don’t worry, though. I bet none of you will notice any difference. I’ll still be blogging three or four times a week, will keep up with my discussion groups, will respond to genuine messages.

I’ll even tweet. And if I don’t, WordPress will do it for me.

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13 Responses to “Tweet-y Bird”

  1. knightofswords Says:

    Many times a week, I wonder what the point of all the services is. I keep saying I’m going to cut back, but then I notice book sales need to be jolted again, and I don’t cut back.

    Malcolm

    • Pat Bertram Says:

      Apparently I’m doing something wrong, because nothing I do seems to have any effect one way or the other on sales. Which makes it easy to decide to cut back.

      I’ve been wondering if there’s some form of co-op promotion we can do. Not another blog, but some way for a few authors to combine forces so that each can get more exposure with less time. It’s just a thought in the back of my mind, and I don’t know if it’s possible — in the end, perhaps, we each need to do it ourselves. Still, it’s something I’m cogitating.

  2. cherilaser Says:

    Hi! You are so right about the saturation. I’ve only been at this blogging a short while, and already there’s sort of an addiction.

    Toward the end of your post, you mentioned that you’ve written more than one book, and you seem to be frustrated about how to get them “sold.” For an added perspective (and a unique approach), I’d like to invite you to visit my new blog at http://www.cherilaser.wordpress.com. If you begin with the Blog Launch post on November 4, you’ll catch up quickly. Then I’d love to hear from you and would welcome your input and comments.

    All the best,
    Cheri

  3. A. F. Stewart Says:

    I generally ignore my DM’s, especially lately. Many of the recent DM’s on Twitter have been sent by hackers; the links lead to phishing sites.

  4. JaxPop Says:

    “Offline, I am the epitome of privacy”
    Same here – though I probably take it to an unhealthy level.

    Your blog tour seems to be going well – big applause. I’ll be sorry to see it end.

    • Pat Bertram Says:

      Odd how so many of us who are private in real life seem to be much more open on line.

      Thanks for the applause. I’m torn about the end of the tour. I’ll miss the excitement, and will be sorry to see it end, but I am wearing down. Perhaps I’ll take a break and then do a short one for Christmas.

  5. joylene Says:

    I can hear you. I’m sitting here wondering what’s the point. I’m online and online and online … so I can make friends. Which is good, but I can’t make friends with the entire population of N/A. Something’s got to give. And intellectually I know that. But I read a post which links me to another post, and lo and behold I discover one more great blog. So I follow. But do I get much writing done? No.

    Something’s got to give.

    • Pat Bertram Says:

      Joylene, that’s where I am — something’s got to give. It will be interesting for me to find out how deep my addiction goes. Will I be able to keep the computer off at night so I can write? Will my thoughts keep straying to what I’m missing? And yet . . . will I be missing anything?

  6. Sheila Deeth Says:

    I need to take some time off the internet too. But my son’s coming home, so I’ll be taking time off, and cooking turkey, and still won’t be getting the writing done. Still, the characters are getting insistent again, which always makes life, and writing, more interesting.


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