Wednesday Wing….making the most of those who automate Tweets #TwitterTips #wwwblogs

Welcome to my new feature called Wednesday Wing where I’ll be passing on

observations, tips and information to readers I’ve made a note of.

Rosie's Notebook

Today I’m passing on a tip about making the most of those who automate tweets.

Now this really is just an observation and LOVE ‘EM or HATE ‘EM there are those who like to use automated tweets and those who don’t.

When I like automated tweets.

I like an automated tweet that goes out throughout the whole day of a book post and supports a piece I’ve written, but after that it needs changing if it supports a longer tour/ promotion.

Those who search for KEY words

I recently read a post about Tweeters who search for KEY words on Twitter by Lily J Abernathy   She explains that if you use a tweet service like adding in KEY search words like #BookReview & #BookBlogger helps you find the tweets from the book reviewers.

SO as a book reviewer WHY not work with this and make sure your ADD #BookReview or #BookBlogger to the title of your book review posts? Then these will get picked up and shared more often.

So why might you use automated tweets?

Time constraints.

Do you automate Tweets?

Some people create automated Tweets which they release every day.

May I suggest that you consider the length of time that you are intending to tweet these. A look at your analytics may be useful to see how effective these are. (To find all sorts of exciting figures about the usefulness of your tweets Click on your small twitter profile picture at the top of your Twitter page (you may need to do this from a laptop) scroll to analytics and read and absorb, you’ll find out about how far each of your tweets reached, how many engaged with them and how many were re-tweeted)

I’m not a fan of the automated tweet – I try to re-tweet every tweet relevant to myself, but when I see the same tweet everyday YOU HAVE ME RUNNING FOR THE HILLS SCREAMING – they can become robotic tweet stream fillers which I abhor. Surely you can show your creative flare and write a new inspired Tweet each time? What does a robotic tweet say about you?

Automated NEW FOLLOWER replies

The BIGGEST turnoff for new Twitter followers is the automated reply that says ” Thanks for the follow, please like my Facebook page, follow my blog here or I look forward to you reading my book….”

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, remove these and engage as a human beings with your followers, by tweeting interesting tweets.

Also consider the need for Tweet validation services, if I see those,  I NO LONGER follow through the validation request.

What about you? Automated Tweets; LOVE ‘EM or HATE ‘EM?

Here is a list of recent Wednesday Posts.

May 6th 2015 – Checking your WordPress is linked to your Twitter – it helps get your post shared

May 13th 2015 – Writer’s Craft books by Rayne Hall full of REALLY useful tips

May 20th 2015 – Hyperlinks, Short links and Linkys

May 27th 2015 – Making your post titles easy to share on Twitter to maximise views.

June 17th 2015 – Creating Twitter pics that fit

June 24th 2015 – Creating a slideshow on WordPress

July 1st 2015 – Getting the most out of Google+ posts

30 thoughts on “Wednesday Wing….making the most of those who automate Tweets #TwitterTips #wwwblogs

  1. Another helpful post Rosie. i do love Twitter but I’m sure I could be making more of it. and I hate those automated responses from someone new I’ve followed, particularly the ones that tell me to read their book. That instantly makes me definitely not want to read it.


  2. I’ve never used automated tweets, like you I tend to retweet the relevant ones, but I don’t like the automated new follower direct messages at all.


  3. I also hate those ”follow my blog” automated tweets. BUT as far as automated boook tweets go, I have been very grateful to a couple of (American) writers who have set up automated tweets for me, on the back of our friendship always looks better if it’s someone else doing it for you! Also, much as I hate them, not everyone is an engager, and it is a way for them to promote their books – though if they don’t respond to me, I will unfollow.


  4. Some authors constantly repeat the same book tweet with the same bad picture to the extent that I mute them, at least for a while. Key words and engagement are far more productive, I think.


  5. Sometimes – plodding my way through my email alerts as to who’s tweeted, I feel weighed down. But I can’t bring myself to set up any automated tweets And I hate seeing the same tweets day after day. Also, I become very disillusioned when I think someone is interested in my carefully chosen tweets/re-tweets and I go to see what they are doing – and find they’re automated. Terry once told me to be careful who I ‘thank’ for re-tweets (better to tweet one of their ‘real’ tweets instead). I like that idea and stick to it. Still – an interesting discussion. Thanks Rosie (not an automaton!)


  6. THANK YOU ROSIE! You’ve hit so many hot buttons on this one. Automated responses? Annoying. Automated validation requests? The devil.

    Another pet peeve is being inundated with cheesy automated tweets in the middle of an unfolding tragedy. Really good way to go from Tweeter to Twit.


  7. Great post, Rosie. I hate the automated new follower shouting, ‘buy my book, like my page, follow my blog’.
    I have been thinking about Roundteam to RT tweets from writers in a group to whcih I belong. I think that could be useful. However, I’ve seen it being badly used with the result somone sent out tweets saying my book was on discount at 99p – a month after the sale finished. Not good.


    • Hi Mary, I’m afraid if I see a Twitter profile which says “Tweets sent by Roundteam” It’s a huge turnoff. Better to put your writer group tweeters into a list (Found under your profile Tab) then just access the lists to see any new tweets the Group have sent out and re-tweet those you want. Lists are easy to set up and manage.


  8. Very helpful, Rosie. No, I don’t care for those automated messages when I first follow someone; can’t imagine anyone does.
    @dino0726 from 
    FictionZeal – Impartial, Straighforward Fiction Book Reviews


  9. Great post. The only time I think automated tweets are okay is when people schedule them if they’re busy – but I do wish people would take half an hour out of their busy schedules to change them now and again. There are some writers who have been posting the same promotional tweets for my books for over two years. I’m sure they’ve gone beyond invisible and have become just irritating, to everyone. I imagine they must just click some ‘repeat weekly tweets’ button on whatever they use to schedule them! I used to go to their pages and retweet one of their fresh tweets by way of thanks, but I don’t anymore. I’m always ‘live’, and always think about how I am tweeting anything, whether a post for my own stuff or someone else’s.


    • Being “live” on Twitter definitely shows you are alive and breathing, some automated tweets might be for people who no longer exist, that is a fearful thought.


    • I’m always ‘live’ even when I’m half – asleep! I do try to keep up and never ever will do automated tweets. If I miss someone/ something I’ll apologize – but at least I’ll know I tried. I always think of it as talking to one another..


  10. If everyone set up automated tweets, who is reading what’s on twitter, automatized readers—machines with artificial intelligence. :o)

    I like to scan the tweets I’m Re-tweeting because sometimes a tweet grabs my attention and I click through. For instance, that’s why I’m here leaving this comment. I saw the link to this post on #SundayBlogShare.from @TerryTyler4.

    If I keep old Tweets stored on a Word file and copy and paste them repeatedly over a period of time, is that the same as automation? Don’t get me wrong, I have a long list of Tweets I’ve used before and there are enough to create variety. In addition, I use an 80/20 rule where I ReTweet other Tweets from other Tweeters 80% of the time compared to the 20% that are my own original Tweets often copied and pasted from a Word file to speed things up.

    And I also retire old tweets once I decide they have been used too much, but I might bring one back later for reuse.


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