In January I took an on line social media course. It was an intense two weeks. So intense, the instructor has now decided to spread the same course over a month because there’s just so much to absorb. Social media is a huge, constantly morphing beast. Complicating everything is the fact that a platform that works today may not even exist tomorrow. So what’s a writer to do? Pick their way through the minefield, figure out what feels right and take some advice along the way. Or not!
Here are the top 11 pieces of social media advice the Pen Warriors have received . . . and NOT taken:
11. Don’t worry about spelling or grammar; be cute.
10. Be consistent.
9. Be a bot.
8. Learn . . . or like . . . Facebook.
7. Let anybody tag you anywhere – all exposure is good.
6. Promo our books every single tweet.
5. Schedule all tweets ahead of time. And I was especially glad I didn’t take this piece of advice on the day of the Newtown tragedy, because all those schedule tweets looked…unfeeling and out of place.
3. Spam friends.
2. Have profiles everywhere; checking in isn’t necessary.
1. Use Foursquare to let people know where you are all the time, even if you’re getting a facial, at the dump or drinking at the bar.