Friday, 15 March 2013

A Social Network


If you were watching Twitter at precisely the right time you might have noticed I made a few changes to my account on there. I changed my Twitter handle to my real name and (of course) used my real name as my profile name. You can now find me @Mark_Noyce. The reason I did this is fairly simple really. I figure now that I’m a published author (yes I’ll still mention that, and I’m now asking people to review it instead of asking them to buy it. If you bought it, then please, PLEASE, review it. I don’t care if you say mean things) I might as well try to come out to the world  a little more and actually try and form something I’ve been avoiding for years now; a social network. I’m applying some psychology to the situation but I can’t really go in to details on that one. But I do hope to become a more active presence online and spread the word about myself more than the book. There’s no point in preaching to people if you have no one to preach too.  So if I’m not following you on Twitter yet then do feel free to either follow me and I’ll follow back, or just leave your handle in a comment and I’ll get on to it. The only real problem I’m having with finding people to follow is that because I follow wrestlers and comedians and musicians Twitter is suggesting those to me instead of real people. I’m not quite famous yet. Though with your help, maybe one day I can be the kind of person who makes someone’s day just by responding to them on Twitter. I can make someone feel like I did when Jim Sterling responded to me. I felt like a God that day.

I’m also still looking for advertising solutions and may require a little help there. The only problem with making an advert for a book is that one thing that really helps is having reviews you can quote. Like those adverts for movies and books you see that have snippets of reviews like ‘“A rollercoaster ride of emotions.” – Random Person”’ and I currently have two reviews and I doubt putting the quote “Not bad but I’m not sure worth paying for” is going to boost sales for me. I’m considering putting an advert in the paper, or just letting Facebook promote my page. The only problem with that is that it promotes my page, not the product.

I’d also rather rely on the word of mouth, the power of people, the grand power that is you people, my kin and brethren, my blood brothers and sisters.

So, join me in my social network and together we can create something magical.

PS I wrote this post in the back of a moving vehicle. At least I wasn’t cleaning it this time.

Addendum: I can confirm building a social network is a slow and annoying process that I'm going to probably give up on because I'm impatient. 

13 comments:

  1. I don't have twitter but if I ever get it, I will be sure to follow you. Don't give up on the network thing to easily. They do seem to be an effective way to get your message out

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  2. It was always a little weird to me to do the whole process of integrating your online and real life identity. Good luck with the change.

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  3. Interesting blog. Shall keep an eye on it.

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  4. havent been able to log into twitter all week...it just keeps spinning...which sucks....its funny i have always used my real name...never thought otherwise....dont know that paper advertising will do anything honestly....

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  5. Perhaps you can make a Facebook page or soemthing along those lines? That seems to be the forum with the most acivity. I like Twitter and all, but it runs incredibly slow when I'm at work. Not that I should be perusing social media sites while at work anyway.

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  6. Well yeah, regarding the whole word of mouth thing. If people find it worth spreading they'll spread it. You can't enforce word of mouth promotion, since it's the power of the people, and that power is too strong to be influenced by anyone. Just let it flow naturally, and if it's destined to end up great, it will. If not, don't let it get you down, and just keep on trucking, printing out novels like a madman and all.

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  7. Welcome to the non-anon club! :)

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  8. I don't have Twitter I'm afraid, never really got into the whole micro-blogging thing.

    Best of luck promoting your book though. I guess you could try using those Google Adword coupons if you got one.

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  9. Pretty cool move to make the change to your Twitter, I have to admit Mark that your second name is pretty Noyce! Okay that wasn't my best joke yet but in all seriousness I like the changes. Man I'm going to do something to help promote your book, I promise. Maybe a blog post next chance I get or something, the social networking idea is an interesting one, best of luck if you pursue that.

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  10. Isn't marketing just grand? But c'mon man, if you can do a book, you can build a social network.

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  11. If I had a Twitter account I'd be your friend, but I don't even have my own Facebook. It's so weird doing online stuff under my own name.

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  12. it may be confusing to have accounts in different networks.. but it'll help you build your name..

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  13. I do have a twitter account but I rarely post there as I just can't be bothered but it under my real name.......

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