Twitter etiquette questions?


I’ve decided to create a new topic on my blog called Saturday Shorts.

I won’t have something every Saturday, but when I have something . . . a short review, review of short stories, a cover reveal, a discussion topic . . . something short, in other words!

This Saturday Shorts is about Twitter. Now that I’ve used Twitter for two or three months I have a few questions which I hope others can help me with.

I’m asking these questions mostly of people who have book review blogs, but anyone else with an opinion is welcome to comment! I don’t think these have a hard and fast answer, but I would like to have other people’s opinions who have twittered longer than I have!


Do you twitter about more than just your posts and book reviews? If so, what kinds of things do you tweet about?twitter

  • I’ve read that is something we should do–but is it necessary?

Do you send out more than one twitter about a book review? If you do, how many times do you repeat your tweet? All in the same day?

  • Again, I’ve read about sending out several tweets about our posts during the day of your post.
  • If you do re-tweet does it help you get more people coming to your blog?

Some of the people who become my twitter followers are people I’ve never heard of! What do you do when someone you’ve never heard of becomes a follower? Do you follow them?

  • I don’t follow the people I don’t know–either by their blog or as an author or as a publisher.
  • I don’t expect everyone I follow to follow me, but I don’t know the etiquette!

Do you include the author’s twitter name (if they have one) in a tweet about your book review?

  • I have done this a few times when I really like the book and their twitter name comes up as I’m tweeting. I’ve had a few authors respond to my tweet and it’s been fun to talk with them, but if I don’t like a book I don’t want to add the author’s name! Also I don’t want to act too much like a fan girl…LOL! And I want to feel my reviews aren’t influenced by past encounters with an author.
  • Do others worry about these things?!!

Feel free to discuss one or more of these questions and help me out . . . . Or if you have other questions or comments about Twitter . . .


Author: Jan

I love to read--especially mysteries, science fiction and fantasy. I also love blogging, photography, gardening, playing Mah Jonng, reading with a cat on my lap, throwing a ball for a dog, creating cards to send to family and friends, reading book blogs, using my computer.

18 thoughts on “Twitter etiquette questions?”

  1. Twitter is the most public of social media and I think most people know that. So I don’t worry about much. I tag authors on positive reviews, have no problem occasionally asking them a question.

    I used to tweet my reviews three times, twice the first day and once the next, but I get lazy and forget to now.

    And the whole follow thing is weird, I will follow strangers who follow me, IF I think they followed me deliberately and not through one of the large ‘follow back’ programs that


  2. Thanks, Nathan. I can easily get caught up in the weeds and overthink things. When I think about it I realize most people–even my followers–probably don’t even notice me on Twitter…LOL. One of my husband’s favorite sayings–“We wouldn’t worry what people thought of us If we knew how seldom they did.”


  3. I am… not the best person to talk about Twitter, but FWIW:

    I retweet more than I tweet usually – because I’m lazy and trying to get something across in 140 characters involves too much thinking on my part! And usually book-related stuff, but with the occasional tennis tweet thrown in – so really what interests me!

    My blog is set up to automatically post a tweet when I publish a new post, and that’s it.

    New followers – I check out their Twitter feed and only add them if I think I’ll be interested in what they tweet.

    I don’t @ authors for book reviews, occasionally I include an @ mention if I’m tweeting about how much I loved their book/post/whatever.

    I don’t think I’m a natural Twitter person, but it’s possibly because I don’t spend that much time on Twitter! I’ll be keen to read what other people say.

    PS The issue may be on my side, but I’m not getting any email notification for follow-up comments on your posts?


    1. Thanks for your thoughts, Li. I’ve found I like Twitter more than I thought I would, but mostly because I find out about books…not because of anything I tweet! However, I find I could spend hours reading tweets and then look up and realize I’ve done nothing. So I have to limit the time spent.

      Hmmm…I’m not sure what to do about email notifications. I also notice your latest blog post didn’t show up either. I wonder if anyone else is not getting email notification?


      1. I tried subscribing to my “follow-up comments by e-mail” and it worked for me. Not sure why it’s not working for you, Li. Sorry.


        1. Possibly an overly-keen spam filter on my end then… I’ll have a look at my settings. Thanks for checking!


          1. I checked my spam filter a few days ago and found some things which were not spam. Surprised me. I hope that is what the problem is for you. Easier fix than anything I can think of!


  4. Honestly, I kind of hate twitter but I need to use it for my job. I manage the twitter account for my workplace (a public library), and on that account I only talk about library-related things. My twitter account for my book blog is more 50/50 on book-related things. I tweet about my reviews and other posts, and I also ask other book bloggers questions on twitter about book recs, new releases, etc. Like you, I only follow people I know or want to follow. I’ll tag an author through their twitter handle if it’s a 3+ star review, if not then I just type out their name. Good luck tweeting!


    1. Thanks, Danya! I like the idea of asking about book recs, etc. I probably wouldn’t enjoy managing a twitter account for my job either.


  5. Good post and great questions, Jan! I’m a bit of a Twitter newbie myself, and still honing my Twitter skills and etiquette.

    I tweet mostly about the blog or about what I’m reading, and only rarely about anything personal (and then it’s usually pretty anonymous.) I do retweet interesting book-related stuff, and I do tweet a giveaway when that’s one way to enter it – because I figure other people might find out about it that way. I also sometimes tweet about another blogger’s interesting post – like this one. šŸ˜‰

    I usually only tweet once about a review or post, but I will tweet several days in a row about an ongoing giveaway, because some people will miss the first post.

    I don’t follow everyone who follows me. Some of them follow and then unfollow within a day or two. But I will follow back if it’s someone I know through blogging or an author whose work I like. And I’m trying to post a thank-you tweet to new followers, though I’m a bit behind on that at the moment.

    I wouldn’t include the author’s twitter name for a bad review, but for a good or fairly good one, absolutely. Especially if I can say something positive & pithy about their book. It’s nice for the author to see that you liked their book, and sometimes they’ll read the review and/or retweet. Or even reply – I’ve had a few authors say thank you, which is unexpected but lovely. I’m the one who should be thanking them, for writing the book in the first place!

    Bottom line for me is that Twitter is nice, but it’s definitely secondary to my blog. I try not to spend too much time there — except for Twitter chats/parties for challenges or readathons, or with authors. Those are always fun!


    1. Great info, Lark! I’ve never participated in Twitter chats/parties. I tend to forget about them, but I’m also not quite sure what to do. I’m definitely going to start adding authors names to my review tweets for the positive reviews at least! And I agree Twitter is secondary to my blog.


  6. I used Twitter for years before I started blogging. I got kind of burned out on it and don’t use it as much as I should. Also it seems like most of the times I tweet and get no replies, which is frustrating and makes me want to stop trying. I’m just used to more interaction. I don’t know how people make friends in this community when I can’t even get acknowledgment that I exist. (It’s not that bad, but sometimes on Twitter that’s how it feels!)

    When I remember to do it, I @ the author if it’s a positive review, not for bad reviews. Usually 4 stars and up. Even though I consider 3 stars a good review, an author might not. Most of them will retweet or favorite the tweet. (Acknowledgment!) Some don’t. I use Publicize (it’s part of Jetpack) to tweet a link to my post when I post it. Sometimes I’ll tweet again later in the day but I usually forget. I am using Evergreen Post Tweeter to randomly tweet links to older posts.

    I check out the twitter timeline of everyone who follows me. For unknowns, I follow back if the person is a YA author/blogger (I read mostly YA) or a non-YA author if their book looks interesting or if their tweets interest me. I get a lot of adult sci-fi/fantasy authors following me. I usually don’t follow them back and they’ll unfollow after a week or so. And then sometimes refollow me a week or two later…


    1. I never used or read twitter until I started a couple months ago for my blog! I usually don’t get acknowledgement to my tweets either, but since I’m not used to more it hasn’t seemed strange! I don’t know that I’ve gotten anymore traffic to my blog because of twitter, but I’ve found new books from twitter so that works for me.

      I also get a number of followers that follow and unfollow quickly! And a number are authors I haven’t heard of before…LOL. So far I only have a few followers who actually are people whose blogs I follow and read.


  7. I use twitter a lot to chat with other bloggers and authors. They are totally people too and most are so nice about answering questions. I rarely ever remember to retweet my review post tweets. They are automated through my blog. I do have another automated twitter service that tweets out older reviews. I will definitely sometimes tag an author if it was a book I super loved, never if it’s negative. Sometimes even the publisher too.

    No I do not auto follow back everyone that follows me. If it looks like someone with like interests or someone in the SFF community. I will. But most are people who are following just to get more follows. If someone follows and then actually engages in conversation then I will usually follow back.

    I talk about mostly books and art. Since that is what I’m interested in. But anything SFF really.


  8. I haven’t used twitter to engage other bloggers or authors. I’ll have to try that! I sometimes forget the initial tweet for my reviews since I don’t have it automated.

    Thanks for great info, Tabitha!


  9. First, I absolutely do not auto-follow back. If I notice a new followers tweets about things I am interested in (SFF books), then I will. But most of my followers I don’t follow back and the fake ones often unfollow me. I don’t need fake followers, and I like to look at my feed and see the tweets I’m interested in.

    My blog will send out one tweet about my posts. I usually don’t tweet again, but occasionally might (if I remember). Honestly, looking at my stats, I get so few hits from the tweets, I’m not sure it matters if I retweet about it again or not. And I do like to try to tag authors and publishers on my reviews (the tweets from my blog don’t do this, so it would be an additional tweet). I’ve also had authors find my tweets even when they are not tagged. šŸ™‚ It’s always nice when they respond with a thanks and/or a retweet. Or even mark it as a favorite.

    I get in ruts where I am more active on twitter, all depending on Real Life and who happens to be tweeting when I get a chance to look (I don’t always scroll to see what all I missed). Most all of my tweets revolve around SFF in one way or another.


  10. Thanks, Lisa! SFF is what I like to see in tweets, too. And Real Life is pesky about getting in the way of my internet time…lol. I’ve had some nice interactions with authors, too.


  11. Thanks to everyone who commented and gave me ideas how to use twitter and the things they do with twitter. It is fun to read what each of you wrote. Thanks!


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