Tuesday, 22 May 2012

#Overload

Are there too many retweet groups/ hashtags?
It seems like every week a new retweet group gets formed, complete with a new hashtag, and it's getting a little silly. I've seen tweets this week where hashtags make up 2/3rds of the tweet - or the author sends the same thing out 5 times with the differing hashtags.
Here are the ones we've spotted:
·         #AHA - (Authors helping authors)
·         #HYFA2 (Help your fellow author too)
·         #WLCAuthor (World lit cafe author - used for their tweet teams)
·         #GRTweet (Good reads tweet group)
·         #Goodreads (generic goodreads hashtag)
·         #RT (bet you can't guess what RT stands for).
·         #IAN (Indie Author Network)
·         #AuthorRT
·         #Amreading
·         #Amediting
·         #Ampublishing
·         #ebook
·         #kindle
·         #Nook
·         #Droid
·         #fiction (and #genre - won't list em 'all)
·         #FF #WW #MM #SS (For those who aren't fluent in Twit, that's Follow Friday, writer Wednesday, mention Monday and sample Sunday.)

I think we've got way too many. It's mostly authors tweeting to other authors over and over. Normal readers don't check most of those. It's nice to get a million retweets... but are they converting into sales? If not, maybe it's time to pare back to a less aggressive use of hashtagging.
Any obvious ones I've missed? Do you use them all? Are you tired of seeing these tags in every other tweet?

2 comments:

  1. Susan Buchanan23 May 2012 at 06:33

    I agree that hashtags are overused, but this is partly because I am rubbish at using them. Yes, I hate when a tweet is 2/3 made up of # and personally I virtually never search for anything by #. Some of those you mention I haven't even heard of.

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  2. Rebel against the tyranny of alliteration - if someone's a good guy & should be reaching a wider audience - don't wait till Friday to recommend following. Read fiction samples any day you please, not just on Sunday. Place a hash before totally random words.

    #Julia

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