Yesterday on Twitter I started getting tweets from people saying that their copy of Think Like a Rock Star had shipped, or a few even posted pictures of the book as it arrived. SUCH an amazing feeling for an author to see others excited about receiving my book!
And of course I made a point to thank anyone that tweeted that they had ordered the book. Then something interesting started happening. I began to notice that people were favoriting my tweets thanking them! Really? Are we so conditioned to being underappreciated that we feel the need to favorite a tweet where someone thanks us? I had people thanking ME for thanking them!
This is another reason why I think that most people, brands, organizations, etc make proper social media usage way more complicated than it has to be. When I say ‘thank you’ on Twitter to someone that has helped me, I’m not being a ‘social media expert’, I’m being a decent human being. In much the same way that using social media doesn’t make you a ‘social’ person, if you treat others with the same kindness and respect via social media that you do offline, you’ll be respected and appreciated online as well.
Don’t make this stuff harder than it needs to be.
Want to instantly get more comments on your blog? Get in the habit of saying ‘thank you!’ when someone comments.
Want more people to share your content on Twitter? Get in the habit of saying ‘thank you!’ when someone RTs you.
Reward the type of behavior that you want others to engage in. In other words, appreciate and thank the people that are helping you, and they will probably keep doing so.
PS: Thanks to everyone that has ordered Think Like a Rock Star. Amazon actually RAN OUT of copies but I’m being told there are more on the way. You can order your copy here, and if you are still on the fence as to whether or not you’ll enjoy the book, please check the reviews.