Ask Annie: The Line Between Self-Promotion and Spam

Today I’m only tackling one question, because it’s slightly involved and also because I feel it’s an incredibly important topic for writers on Twitter. The submitter has asked to be kept anonymous, so some of the details of the writer’s specific situation have been changed or omitted to maintain privacy. Anonymous writes: Hello Annie, Thanks […]

Ask Annie: Meeting People on Twitter, Hanging Out, and Getting Found

  @AnnieNeugebauer WU Twitter question. Writers “meet” each other on Twitter. How? How do people “hang out” with Tweets? I’m a noob. :) —Abigail Welborn ‏@AbigailFair This is a great question! The answer is simpler than it might seem: they tweet to each other. If you don’t include a handle (a person’s username following the […]

Ask Annie: Retweeting @Mentions, Building a Target Audience, and Following Back

Welcome to my first Ask Annie column, where I’ll be answering all of your Twitter questions right here on Writer Unboxed every other month. I’ll pick 1-5 questions each time, depending on the length of the answers. I save all of the questions I receive, so if I didn’t get to yours this time, that […]

The Great Twitter Debate: Should You Follow Back?

Apparently I’m a glutton for punishment, because if there’s one topic that could be considered controversial about the usage of Twitter, it’s this one. When someone new follows you, should you follow them back? Some say yes, of course; it’s rude not to. Some say no, why should I? Twitter isn’t meant to be reciprocal. […]