Notes from An Alien

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Social Media Mistakes . . .

Social Media, Social Networks, whatever you call them; not many are truly “social”

Of course, if you’re a writer, self- or traditionally published, you need an Author Platform

Ever tried being social on a platform?

Over the last three years, I’ve struggled to do what others say one Must do to engage readers.

Most of what others think is necessary and viable in the Platform/Promotion dance doesn’t work for me.

Check out this past post: Social Networking for Mavericks.


Noting that I’m not doing it like others do it, let me share some fairly reasonable ideas about how others make mistakes

Anne R. Allen has a blog post called, 12 Social Media Mistakes for Authors to Avoid.

I’ll list the mistakes from her post but leave her explanations as an exploration for those truly interested:

1) Spamming somebody’s Facebook wall

2) Creating a Facebook page and Twitter account for every one of your books

3) Creating an “event” or “group” and adding people’s names without permission

4) Responding to Tweeted links without reading the article

5) Tweeting as a fictional character and expecting people to respond

6) Blogging your WIP and asking for critiques and praise

7) Blaming people you’ve friended or circled because you’re getting email notifications

8) “Thanking” people for following you by sending spam

9) Following and unfollowing immediately after you get a follow back

10) Tagging a photo that’s an ador worse, pornwith the names of all your Facebook friends

11)  Not posting share buttons or your @Twitterhandle on your blog

12) Hiding your identity behind a whimsical name or avatar

So, if you’re one of those people who can make the new norm of social media work for you, those 12 actions will sabotage all your efforts

If you do take the link and read Anne’s explanations for those mistakes, do check out the over 40 comments she got :-)
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2 responses to “Social Media Mistakes . . .

  1. Chaz DeSimone February 19, 2013 at 3:18 am

    Alexander, it’s hard to believe people actually do those things…on purpose. A couple points are interesting, like not having a site for each book title.


    • Alexander M Zoltai February 19, 2013 at 11:29 am

      Yes, Chaz, the flood-gates of digital communication are open wide and all types of water (and other fluids) flow through :-)

      And, I also found not splitting books out onto different pages or sites a good point—kind of like “diluting the brand”, eh?


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