how i tweet

Inspired by @inkyelbows‘ link to her twitter policy, I thought of outlining a similar policy for my two twitter accounts, @quillsandzebras and @am_harte.

Now you may think it is silly for me to have two accounts. It may be silly, actually, but that is how it is, so there.

@quillsandzebras is my personal account.

I use this account for

– Talking about chocolate;
– Talking about my life;
– Posting links to this blog;
– Posting publishing related info;
– Chatting to friends, family and acquaintances;
– Sharing amusing/silly/otherwise interesting links.

I will follow you with this account if

-I personally know you in meatspace;
-I consider you a friend;
-I regularly read your work/your blog;
-Your tweets are relevant and interesting or devastatingly witty;
-You work in publishing, particularly if in/near London;
-For other unknown reasons.

You’re welcome to follow this account if you want to, but I don’t automatically follow people back unless they look like they’ll fit into one of the reasons above.

If I am interested in you but you don’t fit into the listed reasons, I’ll probably follow you back with my other account. Which brings me to…

@am_harte is my writing account

There are so many authors, editors, and writing-related twitter accounts out there. I can’t keep up with them all, but I am interested. So I’ll follow them with this account and every now and then I sit and read through pages and pages of tweets.

I don’t check this account as often, but I do respond to every DM or @reply.

I use this account for

– Tweeting about writing resources;
– Tweeting about my own writing progress;
– Sharing links to stories worth checking out;
– Sharing reviews for works I’ve read;
– Joining in on twitter writing chats;
– And other relevant writing and reading-type things.
– And the inevitable nonsense, although less so than my personal account.

I will follow you with this account if

– You tweet about writing;
– You’re a fellow author;
– You’re an editor/agent/someone in publishing;
– We share similar reading interests;
– I think you look interesting;
– And other unknown reasons.

And if I don’t follow you back with either account?

Some of you lucky few are followed by both. That’s because you’re cool.

Some of you are not followed by either. Why?

– You’re a bot;
– You only tweet about yourself/your book;
– You have no bio, posts or followers;
– Your tweets are protected and I can’t tell who you are;
– Your tweets are mostly in another language;
– You rarely post about writing/publishing;
– You tweet way too much;
– I haven’t noticed you following me;
– Other unknown reasons.

There. I have said it. Any questions?


About A.M. Harte

A.M. Harte writes twisted speculative fiction, such as the post-apocalyptic Above Ground and the zombie love anthology Hungry For You. She is excellent at missing deadlines, has long forgotten what ‘free time’ means, and is utterly addicted to chocolate.
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4 Responses to how i tweet

  1. Jan Oda says:

    Why do I get the feeling you are actually spending more time on the am_harte account?

    • a.m.harte says:

      Because I do? I have more to say about writing and webfiction than about my personal life, clearly. But I need the quillsandzebras one for when I want to tweet really silly things.

  2. Think making policy clear is a great idea, and love the “no-follow” list, especially the first one – it’s amazing (and infuriating) how many “people” actually DO turn out to be bots!

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