Today’s post is the first in a series about how authors and writers use Twitter. Rayne Hall is a spectacular fantasy writer and writing instructor.
Tune in tomorrow for “Twitter Bootcamp,” and Wednesday for “What Not To Do on Twitter.”
Fourteen Weird Reasons Why People Have Unfollowed Me On Twitter
More than 22,000 people follow me on Twitter @raynehall… and every day, several unfollow me. Some even tell me why. Here’s a selection of their reasons:
1. Tweets in inferior English (British)
2. I laughed at their jokes
3. I did not laugh at their jokes
4. I didn’t buy their book
5. Stalking (I followed them)
6. They saw no tweets but mine in their timeline (they weren’t actually following anyone else)
7. I had more followers than they
8. Horses get killed in one of my books
9. I tweeted more about my own books than about theirs
10. By posting #writetip tweets I implied that the person’s writing needed improvement (insult)
11. They always follow and unfollow the same people as their mates
12. Not enough commas in my tweets
13. I declined to retweet their poetry
14. Rayne Hall is not a real person, but a bot. Everyone knows that
Of course, these are only the ones who gave their reasons. (“Your use of British English disgusts me! Learn proper English before you tweet!! I unfollow!!!!”) Others didn’t allow me a glimpse into their motivations. Who knows? Even weirder reasons may lurk in their minds.
What’s the weirdest reason for unfollowing you’ve experienced? I’d love to hear from you. Leave a comment, and I’ll reply.
Rayne Hall is the author over forty books (mostly fantasy and horror), published under several pen names and in several languages (mostly British English). She edits the Ten Tales series of short story anthologies and teaches online classes for writers. Horses die in her novels. Rayne does not retweet poetry.