Nothing turns off people more than tweeting about everyday events. Few people want to know your daily habits, etc. Unless you’re famous beyond belief, stick to tweets about your craft, and that means writing.
How to Annoy Tweeps
As a writer, your goal on Twitter is to gain followers and build trust. However, many of your actions can backfire. Twitter has a strict policy on cursing. A little isn’t too bad, but excessive profanity can get you banned from Twitter.
Another sure fire method to annoy people is to tweet about your new book over, and over, and over. Hollywood can sum up their script in one sentence, but even they don’t bang you over the head with it.
#WW and #FF
One way to gain followers and spread the word are two daily hashtags. #WW stands for #WriterWednesdays. Here you will recommend writers worth their salt using their @usernames. I’ve also heard this called #WorthWatching.
Another very popular daily tweet is #FF for #FollowFriday. Just like #WW, people use this to recommend people. To make this hashtag worthy, try to explain why you recommend this person.
The danger here is that some people will dump five or ten #FF tweets in a row. Nothing is worse than checking your stream and seeing a long line of #FF tweet. Use websites like www.bufferapp.com or www.timely.is. These websites let your schedule tweets in advance and then stagger their delivery.
First, you need to type up a bio. You get 160 characters for this. Without it, people might not even want to follow you. Be sure to list the type of writing you do and your interests. Also, be sure to upload a photo of yourself. I opt for a clean headshot so that people can tell you’re a human being.
To attract followers you need to be a little aggressive to start with. First, don’t be afraid to mention other people and respond to their tweets. After all, when people tweet, they know it’s public. You can reply. The worse that can happen is they can not respond.
Auto following is also a good tactic to start with. Here you will automatically follow anyone who follows you. Most people will do in kind. So when you follow someone, they might auto follow you. As you gain more followers, you might choose not to auto follow, but be sure to list this in your profile.
You need to tweet interesting things. Often people will post links to sites or blogs. Apps like Zite will give you a customized feed of websites based on your responses. However, don’t make all your tweets loaded with links. Twitter frowns on this, thinking you’re a spammer.