I totally agree with “don’t spam”, conversation is the way to go! I’ve had sales directly from twitter in the past, but it’s been as a result of chatting with people and getting them interested in me so they then go and check my stuff. I don’t think the never-ending “look at my stuff” tweets are as successful.
sometimes people try to get around that by posting “look at so-and-so’s stuff” instead (and then they return the compliment/spam)
I don’t think that works either.
ok, we’re there to promote, it’s got to be done - but try not to ONLY promote.
curiously, alexandr orlov tweeted me last week (yes, the meerkat from the adverts!), he of course was promoting compare the market. he sent me a free baby meerkat so that (he said) I can practise knitting the romper suit.
that, in turn, gave me an opportunity to post a photo of MY meerkats with HIS meerkat - which he favourited and has since been refavourited by others.
not sure what that does to help either of us but it was fun!
oh - and the other thing I would say is that there are always “follow me and I’ll follow you” threads. I’d suggest, instead, looking for YOUR target demographic. are they other folksy sellers? if not, why build up a base of following/followers who are all folksy sellers?