I think Twitter is awesome. There is so much information passed back and forth and so many ways to get your point across in so few characters. I think it sucks because it can give you a total complex about following and who follows you. Or maybe it's just me?
Twitter is a neat way to interact with people. I've always been a book lover, but lately I've gone nuts with it. Check out my Goodreads page. I'll have to post pictures of my bookshelves someday too. So, my follows on Twitter are a lot of authors and book bloggers. I think this is a great way for authors to get out there and make their books known. I think it works. I'm definitely impressionable enough to be roped into their schemes.
Here's the thing, though. Even authors who seem to want to do good for themselves can hurt themselves. I don't expect a follow from everyone I follow. I don't expect an acknowledgement every time I reply to a tweet. I appreciate more when I get one, though. I'm more likely to think favorably of a person who does those things. Because I'm a snob like that too.
However, sometimes just the things a person tweets can turn me off. For example, I started reading a book and put it down because I couldn't get into it. I follow the author on Twitter and I have since decided that his/her tweets are really kinda boring. So it's not likely that I will finish that book.
Sometimes I get the impression, too, that authors are more friendly to bloggers. Which makes sense because they can be a big help to get your book out there. But it's not fair to the rest of us who are out there buying the books, and not getting the ARC's from the publisher or the author directly.
So, I don't know. Maybe it's just me? I mean, it's *just* Twitter. But sometimes, it seems like high school all over again.