I admit, I have never truly embraced Twitter. I’ve given it the ol’ college try. Really I have. I post on occasion, as you can tell by my sidebar feed. I retweet some things. I follow people who aren’t all about BUY WHAT I’M SELLING, but those people I know, or whose posts I find generally entertaining, funny, or informative.
At least, I thought I did.
This morning, the only way I can adequately describe my feed is ‘marketing vomit’. I couldn’t find the posts I like because there were far too many screaming BUY! BUY! BUY! I’ve obviously not been as choosy in my clicks as I thought. Normally, I take a peak at what the other person has been Tweeting before I click that button, making sure it’s not all self-promo or sales pitches for services offered. Honestly, after no more than a few minutes of scrolling, I was ready to unfollow nearly everyone and I’m only following 514… people? Tweeters? I’m not even certain how I got to that number, but it’s a drop in a bucket compared to some folks.
Don’t get me wrong, I completely understand the need for authors to promote their books. I am one, for crap sake. I have posted promo tweets and helped other authors spread the word about their work. It’s not the norm for me, or the people I truly enjoy following.
I can’t even imagine the conglomeration of crap that must clutter up the feeds of people following thousands or tens of thousands. Sure, there’s way to weed out the ones you don’t like. You can make lists or simply unfollow. Unfortunately, though, Twitter just doesn’t work for me, and I’m thinking I will soon abandon it altogether. I only have so much social media time in my day. I want that time to be quality. I think, in order to understand and appreciate Twitter, you need to be good at small talk. Or tooting your own horn.
I suck at both.
Instagram, now, that is something I am finding more to my liking, though I haven’t been on it long enough to really decide. So far, there seems to be a lot less BUY THIS THING AND DO IT NOW. Yes, there’s some, and I’m okay with that. I’m pretty visual. I love taking pictures. And Instagram is all about sharing little glimpses, or odd pictorial thoughts. It also appears to be a bit slower paced. You blink on Twitter, and you’ve missed 7000 Tweets. Who can ever keep up?!!?
What about you? Twitter? Instagram? None? Both?
And, if you’re interested in connecting with me on Instagram, I’m k.l.schwengel