Re-Tweeting Blog Posts… Sensible or Spam?

I am relatively new to Twitter and writing a blog. I have had a Twitter account for some years, but seldom used it. I am just learning the nuance of how things are done on Twitter.

A great example is #FollowFriday or #FF. I learned of this from Brian Burk (@cledawgs) in his article – Can You Really Make Friends Via Social Media? And he was kind enough to include me in a #FF tweet.

Another thing I noticed was that some tweets seemed to keep repeating themselves. They were referencing posts that I had seen earlier in the day. I was only following a handful of people, so this was very apparent. I thought it was odd behavior, but just ignored it.

Then as I begin to follow more people, I noticed that the stream started to get pretty thick and I could barely keep up. I began to feel somewhat thankful for the repeated tweets. I might have missed the posts otherwise. This got me thinking about the use of scheduling and repeating posts.

Some pieces that I have written took me a bit of time and effort and I would like to get as much exposure as I can with them. Changing Gait and Heartrate Training & Head Spinning are two examples. Plus, as I gain new followers on Twitter, I would like if they had an opportunity to view this content as well. This would make retweeting the content an extremely sensible choice.

However, I don’t want to spam people. I am extremely sensitive to burying people with undesired content. Since I don’t have a lot built up yet, I risk becoming a serious offender.

This is my conundrum – at what frequency should content be reposted? When is it sensible, and when is it spam?

I would like to really explore this issue and write a follow-up with feedback I receive from readers. Please comment, tweet, and share your views. What methods do you use and appreciate? What tools do you choose? I am just learning about Twitter and its etiquette and I’m sure it can help many.

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Eric Hunley

RRCA Certified coach. Started to change lifestyle in 2012 when weight was up to 283 lbs. Eventually started running later that year and racing in 2013. Has run in dozens of races and has been featured in some podcasts. Full Bio on About Page.
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