Authors promoting books on Twitter and other forms of social media is nothing new. However, doing so during the early hours of an unfolding national tragedy is not the brand you want to establish for yourself. Yesterday I saw countless authors promoting themselves long after the attack, and I promptly unfollowed each and every one I saw doing so.
Here are some informative links about using social media during a national tragedy.
In a word…don’t.
UPDATED at 12:30pm PDT: It seems I’m not the only one with these thoughts. Check out the following article, Boston Marathon Bombing Reveals the Best in People and a Dark Side to Twitter.
What do you think about cancelling auto-tweets and holding back on other forms of social media promotion during a national tragedy? If you see others promoting themselves or their goods do you find it acceptable or in bad taste?