I discovered I'm listed on 25 good follows for writers on Twitter.
What a crock.
If you're a writer I don't represent, my tweets might seem like the ramblings of a deranged caffeine soaked cranky person. Well, ok, they ARE the ramblings of a deranged caffeine soaked cranky person but if you know me, you know that's pretty normal.
It's a crock because I don't use twitter to instruct, educate, inform, network or any of those other whizbang new benefits espoused by social networking experts. My tweets aren't useful to you unless you're on twitter to waste time.
I use twitter to hang out with my clients. And colleagues. And follow the waffle truck (which I think is the coolest use of social networking so far.)
If you want useful info about query letters and other publishing perils, that's what this blog is for. And that other one.
I follow about 75 people on Twitter, which means those are the ONLY tweets I see. If you follow me, but I don't follow you, I don't see what you write. And I don't go looking for it. I do look at the people who follow this blog. Thus, following me on Twitter isn't one of the ways to get my attention.
One of the great ways to make twitter a total waste of time is to follow someone who isn't using twitter for what YOU are using it for. Most likely I'm one of those people. You won't hurt my feelings if you quit following me. I'm not invested in that number.
And three sure ways to make sure I not only don't follow you ever, but block you from following me:
1. protect your updates. You can follow me without asking permission, but you won't let me even see what you tweet without asking? I think not, bucko. BLOCK.
2. You follow more than 1000 people. Clearly you're using twitter for some mass hypnosis evil plan for world domination, which interferes with MY evil plan for world domination. BLOCK.
3. You only post links to other places. I don't know what you're up to, I probably don't even want to guess what you're up to. I'm not letting your avatar sit on my page, nope. BLOCK.
Twitter is useful indeed but, like other useful tools, if you hit yourself in the head with it, it's not going to do much good. Tweet and follow wisely.