The freelance writing community is very well represented on Twitter. A sizeable number of writers gather there each day to share information and chat.
Yesterday was no exception. In fact, Twitter users who wish to reach writers would do well to pay attention to what happened.
I tweeted out the question: “Do you retweet retweets of your original tweet?” (Which, from my own observation, seems to be a growing trend on Twitter.) But, I was not really prepared for the volume of the response.
At least ten writers all joined to discuss the topic and several others sent me direct messages. Writers who participated in the discussion included:
(I did my best to include everyone who participated. If I forgot you, please let me know in the comments so I can add you in.)
Overwhelmingly, the response to the practice of retweeting retweets was negative. Some writers reacted more strongly than others.
Several writers stated that they would unfollow a Tweeter who engaged in the practice. Most writers echoed my own thoughts in that they found the practice of retweeting retweets annoying, however, they would probably not unfollow a tweeter who did it.
The conclusion most of us reached is that retweeting a retweet is only acceptable if it adds clarity to a discussion.
Personally, I gleaned an additional (unintentional) lesson from the conversation, though.
The added lesson for me was that the conversation served as a demonstration of just how large and how active the Twitter writing community is. All you need to do to reach them is address them directly in the Twitter stream.
Of course, I knew that there were a lot of us on Twitter. (I follow a lot of writers). I just didn’t realize we were this active.
This is important because if someone on Twitter is trying to reach the writer demographic they need to make an effort to find out which Twitter practices are effective for reaching writers and which practices will annoy us. How could someone find this information out? Simple, ask us. You’re sure to get an answer.
Even if you missed yesterday’s Twitter conversation about retweeting retweets, it’s not too late to share your opinion on the topic. Leave it in the comments and I’d be happy to discuss the topic with you here. 🙂