Twitter Tip: Beef Up Your #MM, #WW & #FF with Guest Angela Ackerman

Angela Ackerman

Please join me in welcoming the talented and funny Angela Ackerman to Magical Musings today. Angela is an author of fiction and nonfiction, and I was first introduced to her by my MM buddy, Edie Ramer (thank you, Edie!), who gave me a copy of The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression. If you’re a writer, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy to add to your keeper shelf. I’ve included the blurb for and link to this great resource below.

And now, here’s Angela with some easy, helpful info on Twitter…

We’ve all seen them in our writerly twitter feed…hashtags like #MM (Mention Monday), #WW (Writer Wednesday) & #FF (Follow Friday) paired with a slew of twitter names. Most of the time, these bland follow requests slide past in a haze, unless they happen to be addressed to us. So if these weekly follow shout outs end up as white noise most of the time, why do them?

Easy–the three C’s.

CONNECT: Most people on twitter follow more people than they could ever hope to interact with on a daily basis. The #FF grouping is a perfect way to send someone a shout out to let them know you’re thinking about them. Done right, a #FF/MM/WW acts like a welcome mat, inviting a conversation to follow between you and them.

CREATIVITY: The problem with the #FF type mentions is that most people use them wrong. A shout out that is only a hashtag followed by names is not as personal as taking the time to say something meaningful, funny or unique. I think with twitter, we have gotten into the mindset of cramming as much into each 140 letter tweet as possible, ergo a single #FF followed by 8 or more names. This is why the #FF becomes noise in the feed.

If you want to make people sit up and notice your tweet, get creative. Use some of your precious 140  letters to tell people WHY they should follow. E.G.:  #FF these incredibly talented writers! Or have some fun with it: #FF Possible Cow Tippers or #FF ers smart enough to still be alive at the end of a Horror Movie! Tweets like this will be noticed in the feed AND get a response from the people you mention. This is also a great way to encourage conversation and make the people you tweeted feel special because you exercised some creativity to spice it up.

CARRY FORWARD: Wish you could get a few more retweets? One of the best ways to achieve this is to apply a bit of strategy with your #FF/MM/WW’s. When you add a bit of creativity to your tweets, 2 things happen. People who notice them in the feed click on YOUR name to see what other kind of funny #FF you’ve written. Also, the people who you mentioned in your #FF often do as well. So, if you finish off all your #FF mentions with a tweet you would like to see retweeted (maybe a link to your blog, etc.), these people will all see it because it’s your last tweet. And unless it’s some sort of annoying promo, they will often RT it to ‘pay-it-forward’…neat, huh?

The idea behind #FF, #MM & #WW is sound–giving someone you care about a shout out & send traffic their way. So, beef up your mentions by adding some creativity and personality, and not only will you make people feel special, you’ll encourage conversation and maybe get a few more RTs, too! Who knew so much could be done through a simple tweet?

How about you–do you use the #FF type mentions? Are you a fan, or no? Tell me about it!

Angela Ackerman is a Canadian who writes on the darker side of Middle Grade and Young Adult. A strong believer in writers helping writers, she blogs at the award winning resource, The Bookshelf Muse and is co-author of The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide To Character Expression. Angela is represented by Jill Corcoran of The Herman Agency.

The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression is a writer’s best friend, helping to navigate the challenging terrain of showing character emotion. This brainstorming tool explores seventy-five emotions and provides a large selection of body language, internal sensations, actions and thoughts associated with each. Written in an easy-to-navigate list format, readers can draw inspiration from character cues that range in intensity to match any emotional moment.

About Misty Evans

USA Today Bestselling Author Misty Evans writes the award-winning Super Agent series, as well as urban fantasy and paranormal romance. She likes her coffee black, her conspiracy theories juicy, and her wicked characters dressed in couture. When her muse lets her on the internet to play, she’s on Facebook and Twitter.
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18 Responses to Twitter Tip: Beef Up Your #MM, #WW & #FF with Guest Angela Ackerman

  1. Edie Ramer says:

    Angela, thanks for being our guest on Magical. I love your Emotion Thesaurus, and I’ve mentioned it a few places.

    I never thought of being so creative with my tweets. Lately I’ve felt that Twitter is like throwing a drop of water into an ocean. It immediately gets swallowed up without leaving a ripple. I’ll give your ideas a shot and see what happens. Now I have to think of something witty. 😯

    • Thanks for the kind words, Edie! I agree, Twitter is massive and it can be hard to stand out. But it can be done, sometimes in small, simple ways like this post. What I try to do when I need to do something that will grab attention is see what everyone else is doing, and then do something completely different. People immediately notice something ‘fresh’ when it comes to twitter, because they are so tired of the same-old, same-old.

      Angela Ackerman`s last blog was …Angela Wanders The Blogosphere

  2. Amy Remus says:

    I am a reader only and while I follow a lot of authors on twitter, I don’t do the #FF very often because I don’t have a lot of followers myself and when I want to recommend an author I do so individually. I tend to scroll past all the #MM, #WW, and #FF becuase I am selective on who I follow, too. I tend to learn about new authors to follow if someone tweets things individually about their friends or even retweets them. If they say “I am reading X by X” or they share a quote from another author or more direct (which is how I found Misty) when someone tells me “You should read X book by X. I think you would like it.” That way it tends to be a personal recommendation and I am more willing to follow a user. I am more into personal relationships and interacting with few rather than following 1000s of people. Just my thoughts as a reader who is selective on who I follow and read. Thanks for your post, Angela! I am sure writers will find it helpful if they use Twitter a lot and it does freshen up the follows.

    • Hi Amy,

      You’re so right–personalizing on twitter is the best thing you can do to build strong, genuine relationships. I am much more likely to check out someone new if they are personally recommended in a tweet. Too, following hashtags and seeing who is adding to the conversation and posting links to books and topics think I’ll like helps me connect with others as well.
      Angela Ackerman`s last blog was …Angela Wanders The Blogosphere

  3. Welcome to MM, Angela. I have a copy of The Emotion Thesaurus – a gift from Edie!

    I don’t use #FF or #WW that much, mainly because I live in Western Australia, and because most of my followers are US based, I’m too early to do it in my time zone, and the timing just always seems awkward. I always RT any #FF and #WW I’m mentioned in, and I’ve done a few, but I also am not connected enough into twitter to even think about it, usually. Bad me, I know.
    Michelle Diener`s last blog was …Book sightings

    • Hi Michelle! Thanks for the welcome! You guys have a great blog here!

      You know, I think in some ways being in Australia or other areas with a different timezone is an advantage. The reason is this–during peak NA times, a tweet has a super short lifespan, because the feed is packed with people tweeting. But in the off hours, yes you might be seen by less, but you’ll be more likely to be noticed as well!

      Have you tried using an auto scheduler for your tweets? This way you can live tweet during your usual time, and then schedule tweets for the North America timeline too, catching a bigger audience. Just a thought 🙂
      Angela Ackerman`s last blog was …Angela Wanders The Blogosphere

  4. Great information. Thanks! I like #FF, and now, I know how to make it better. Also, your post has encouraged me to branch out to #MM and #WW in a meaningful way.

  5. I love being mentioned but don’t do #FFs myself as I don’t want to exclude people. Great post! Thanks!! V

    • I know how you feel Virna, when I first saw the #FF thing, I worried about excluding people as well. What I do is keep a list of people I want to keep track of most and circulate through it. As I interact with more people, I add them to the list.

      Sometimes I pull my #FF right from my ‘mention’ feed as these are the people who have interacted with me most recently. It’s a nice way to reinforce that connection.

      And LOL, guess what my Captcha word is: CONNECT! How appropriate!
      Angela Ackerman`s last blog was …Angela Wanders The Blogosphere

  6. I don’t use those hashtags often but when I do I put in a reason for people to follow the users I’m recommending. I like your suggestions though to be creative with it. I usually just put something like New writers to Twitter! Or something like that. Being creative with it could be fun. I’m going to try it!
    Cindy Carroll`s last blog was …Author behaving badly

  7. Cynthia Eden says:

    Loved this post! Thanks for sharing your tips!
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  8. Terry Spear says:

    I have to say that I didn’t know what all the FF, WW, or whatevers meant! So when I see them, I just make up my own notions for them… Freaky Fridays and Wacky Wednesdays. Whenever I get them, I add a personal note–and I find more people respond….Hug a Highlander Hunk Day… or, Give a hero a hug. It’s fun, more personal and for most of us, resonates! 🙂

    • Hi Terry,

      I actually think the mentions do have different meanings. For example, if you look up #MM, on twitter hashtag meanings, it states it’s ‘Music Monday’. However, writers don’t use it for this, and I imagine other groups don’t either. We all tend to adapt it to whatever we need it to be! 🙂

      Adding the personal note to your tweets is awesome, and exactly what you want to do! Thanks for stopping in!

      Angela Ackerman`s last blog was …Character Trait: Creative

  9. Beth Watson says:

    I’m a writer and going to ck out your Emotion Thesaurus Angela. I’m intrigued.

    I have no clue what #FF and all of that means. I’m not on Twitter alot, but some. Guess I should look into what all those “hashtags” mean. Sounds like they might be beneficial.

    Thanks for popping by MM (is that a hashtag? :-)) Angela!

    • Hi Beth,

      There’s a decent sample on Amazon to preview to see if the book is what you need–I hope it helps you! And there’s also a free PDF on a similar vein called ‘Emotion Amplifiers’ on the blog (sidebar). It’s set up like the ET, but looks at conditions that ‘amplify’ emotion, making characters more volatile, like hunger, stress, exhaustion, pain, etc. The more unbalanced a character is, the stronger emotional reaction, right?

      The hashtags can be great ways to connect with other writers and build a network. I highly suggest #writing, #amwriting and #MyWANA. There’s always good content on these hashtags and the people are genuine about writing and supporting writers. 🙂

      Happy tweeting! 🙂
      Angela Ackerman`s last blog was …Character Trait: Creative

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