Hello, dear reader!
For a while now I’ve been ruminating on an issue,
one that involves the ever shifting realm
of etiquette in the digital age.
You see, ever since I got my Kindle
I have been as delighted as a kid at Christmas
with all the little features it has on it.
One day a few months ago,
I discovered that I could tweet portions of text
that I was reading.
Text that surprised me.
Text that moved me.
Text that made me want to jump up
and share it with the world.
So I did!
I tweeted a couple of things here and there,
mostly tagging the author involved
just to let them know how wowed I was by their work
at that particular moment.
But a funny thought occurred to me not too long after…
What if an author didn’t want their text tweeted to the masses?
I mean, how would you prevent someone from tweeting spoilers?
Side note, I know we’ve all seen book spoilers when
a fantastic new book, especially one in a series, comes out,
but a spoiler is one thing and a whole section of text is another.
What if someone didn’t even realize
what they were tweeting was a spoiler?
Full disclosure, I am that sort of person
who is so spoiler impaired that I sometimes don’t realize
not everyone is like me and
wants to know the juiciest bits immediately and
therefore have made this sort of error in the past.
Does judicious tweeting of passages
generate excitement on the web?
Is it a tool that bloggers can use to show their followers
specifically what they mean when they talk about
loving a particular book?
Can’t one’s followers judge for themselves whether or not
they want to read the text?
I just can’t decide!
And that’s where you come in, dear reader!
Since you were all so amazingly helpful
when I wanted to branch out into Steampunk,
I thought you lovely, intelligent, sophisticated folks could help me out!
So I’d love to hear what you think!
If you’re a blogger, do you ever tweet text segments?
Why or why not?
If you’re an author, how do you feel about your
work being shared in this fashion?
Leave me a comment and let me know!
Then go and get lost…in a book!
Tweeting optional. *grin*
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