I have read a couple of posts recently by leading PR evangelists talking in disparaging terms about ‘pimping’ blogs in social networks. It seems that it is unseemly to post too many links to your own scribblings in twitter and elsewhere.
I’m going to ‘fess up right now, I ‘tweet’ a link to pretty much every post I write on this blog and on PR Media Blog the agency blog for Staniforth\ (I also recommend blogs by my colleagues) and I think that it is a right and proper thing to do for a number of reasons.
- One of the most important functions of the social web is to promote and share content. Links maketh the web.
- If I don’t link to what I post I really shouldn’t expect others to do it for me.
- It’s completely opt in. If you don’t want to follow the link, you won’t and if it really offends you, you will vote with your feet and unfollow, delink or unbefriend. Market forces are alive and well on the social web even if they seem to have deserted the global economy.
- I can’t say everything I want to in 140 characters.
- I want the people I follow to tell me when they’ve written something. It’s more personal than an RSS feed (and I’m a bit slack when it comes to looking at my feed readers).
This having been said there are some conventions to observe and room for a well mannered approach
- Promote other people’s content as well as your own.
- Maintain a healthy balance and add some thoughtful microblogs to your twitterstream.
- Keep your friends and followers in mind whatever it is you say or link to.
There is a final argument in favour of the promoter. This blog has a twitter presence (@SOCIALWEBPR). It does nothing but pump out links to this blog….and it is about to overtake my personal twitter presence in terms of follower numbers, oh and it never follows it just follows back. I can only conclude that the simple links are more compelling than my innumerable assorted micro-ramblings.