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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…

Posted in General with tags , , , , , on June 29, 2017 by Kate Jack


…why do people do it?

My twitter profile used to say I didn’t want any spam messages. This request was ignored, so I just put up with it and deleted them. But today I received one which actually made my jaw drop, due to its arrogance. It went as follows: Thank you for following me (this person followed me first) please follow me on Facebook and Instagram as well. Yes, your bloody majesty, of course I will (not).

The sheer arrogance, possibly unintended, due to the “please”, took my breath away. And of course, no hint of reciprocation, just the links to this person’s Instagram and Facebook pages. This sheer, unthinking, self absorbed attitude could only bring about one reaction from me, I immediately unfollowed this person. The aim of sites like Twitter and Facebook is social interaction and mutual  exchanges. It never ceases to amaze me that people expect everything their own way and blindly refuse to believe that all they achieve is unpopularity. Well, maybe my unfollowing this person might teach them a lesson, but I highly doubt it. Like love, arrogance is blind.



Why do people do it?

Posted in General with tags , , , , on April 14, 2017 by Kate Jack

Why is that when you follow someone on Twitter, who’s just followed you, some of them immediately send spam messages, asking you to read/promote their books or products? Some even positively demand you like their Facebook page, or follow them on Instagram with no hint of reciprocating. For instance, I received a message from one such person, asking that I “share the love” by liking them on Facebook. What love? Yes, they’d followed me, and because I liked the look of their tweets, I followed back; I always do if I like what I see. But there was no offer of reciprocation, Facebook wise, and no enquiry as to whether I had an Instagram account.

If someone retweets my tweets, or asks for a mutual exchange of likes on Facebook, I always return the favour. If I would like to hopefully engage with someone, I will like and retweet, without messaging them. If they return the favour, great, if they don’t that’s fine. I was always taught to offer something first and to never, ever demand that someone does something for me first; it’s just good manners.

It also drives me mad how many “buy twitter follower” follows I get. I have no intention of spending my hard earned money on such rubbish. I want genuine followers, not phantoms who may, or more likely not, follow me. I always, without exception, block these con artists. Almost as bad, are people who follow me and then a short time later unfollow me, once I’ve followed them back. My theory on this is that some of them, not all, do this to increase the number of followers they have. Unfortunately for them, I have an app that keeps me informed of my twitter stats and if anyone does the above, I also block them.

Twitter has been a mostly positive experience for me and I get on very well with the majority of people I engage with. I try to be generous with my retweets, but regrettably there will always be the few that try to take advantage. However, I will continue to engage with those happy to engage with me, but I will never allow anyone to try and use  me solely for their own ends. So people, share and share alike, it’s to our mutual benefit after all. 🙂


A different kind of spam?

Posted in General with tags , , , , on December 14, 2016 by Kate Jack


I absolutely love Twitter. I enjoy perusing the different types of tweets and connecting with new people; it’s so much better than Facebook, where things can get somewhat political. This can result in backbiting, arguments, and some very nasty debates, as people get hot under the collar.

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However, what I don’t like is that when you follow someone, who’s followed you, they then send you an “automated” message, asking you to retweet something, or giving links to their websites, books and so on. Now this may seem harmless, but I’ve been caught out before by people asking me to like their Facebook page, etc, and not reciprocating. When I’ve asked them to do so, they’ve simply deleted my request. Apart from the sheer bloody cheek, it’s only good manners that they do you a favour, such as retweeting a post, first. I always return favours, without being asked. I never send out automated messages. I rely solely on people retweeting me, simply because they like what they see; if they don’t, it’s not a problem.


The other thing I hate is that when someone follows me, I always check out their profile and if I don’t like what I see, or the follower and I appear to have nothing in common, I won’t follow back. Normally this results in an “unfollow” and that’s fine. What really cheeses me off, is tweets such as the one I received the other day: “Hey, Kate Jack, followed you after I stumbled across one of your tweets. Hope you’re going to follow me back.” This felt not only pushy, but slightly threatening. As it was, I was aware of this person following me, but when I perused their tweets, found nothing to interest me so didn’t follow them back, as is my right.


And my final, and biggest beef, is being followed by porn tweeters. Some of the images are “soft” porn, which while still offensive to me, I’ll just block and move on. Some of it, however, is beyond vile and I always report them, block them, and then move on. So if you’re pushy, a spammer, or a porn merchant, don’t bother following me, because I will not follow you back.



The importance of being generous

Posted in General with tags , , , , on January 12, 2016 by Kate Jack



Regular visitors to this blog will recall me bewailing the selfishness of some posters on Twitter. Examples are messages asking for likes for their Facebook pages, with no intention of reciprocation, and asking for reviews of their books, again with no intention of returning the favour.




However, this time I’m here to laud the more than generous people who have retweeted and liked my tweets. It was only natural for me to return their generosity by doing the same and I have, therefore, gained a reputation for sharing other people’s tweets about their books, their travels, and all manner of entertaining and informative posts. Subsequently I have reaped the reward of such a policy .


So the message to all the spammers, sellers of twitter followers, and frankly self absorbed people out there, learn to be generous, earn your money in a way that doesn’t alienate people, and above all learn to share.



Time to move on?

Posted in General with tags , , , , on November 21, 2015 by Kate Jack


When is it time to stop marketing your existing work and get on with something new? The answer seems obvious, doesn’t it? A writer writes and that’s what we should all be doing, but there’s the constant worry that if we stop promoting our work, even for a short time, we’ll be forgotten.


Then again, once we start marketing, it becomes difficult to stop; it becomes an obsession, at least for some of us. It becomes easier and easier to put any new writing projects on hold and concentrate instead on thinking up new posts for Facebook and new tweets for Twitter. We tell ourselves we’ll get on with writing after just one more post or tweet – hah! Yeah, right.


And yet it’s odd. For me, the time spent on marketing engenders a sense of guilt, but if I actually write something I feel great. So why is it I default to Facebook and Twitter? Answers on a postcard, please.

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You know what?

Posted in General with tags , , , , on October 2, 2015 by Kate Jack

I’ve decided I’m a grumpy old cow. Why? Well, as regular readers of this blog will know, I quite often vent my spleen about Twitter and Facebook, how some people take advantage and are completely selfish and insular. However, it’s time to give credit where credit’s due. What I should’ve also said is that not everyone on social media is like that. In fact the selfish and greedy posters and tweeters are in the minority, when compared to the generous folk who retweet, share and favourite other people’s posts. In fact they’re angels. 😀


So to all of you, and you know who you are, thank you for making my day. ❤

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What’s the harm in asking for a favour?

Posted in General with tags , , , , on October 2, 2015 by Kate Jack


demandWell, it depends on how the askee puts it.  I’ve been using social media for quite a while now, but it never ceases to amaze me how many fellow socialites, be it via Twitter or Facebook, actually phrase their “request” as a demand. It’s as though they think they  have the God-given-right to order someone to read their work. As I’ve said in the past, it should be quid pro quo. It should not be expected for someone to give up their valuable time, without something in return, it’s  only good manners, after all. And I’m not talking money here. 


I’ve lost count how many times I’ve followed someone back on Twitter, only to receive messages asking me to retweet a certain post, or like a Facebook page without any hint that there will be any reciprocation. Like the naive idiot I was, I would comply and message them back, asking for a return favour, after I’d retweeted or liked their page. What happened? Either I didn’t get a reply or, on one occasion, the person deleted my message. I could not believe the rudeness, deceit and selfishness of this individual and I promptly unliked their page and unfollowed them.

So listen up, all you self absorbed so and so’s, if you want to gain a bad reputation, carry on as you are. If you don’t, then learn to share or you’re probably on the fast track to nowhere. Amzn UK Amzn US 



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