Are these the Twitter narcissists?

I like Twitter. At the latest count, I am listed with 7769 tweets, following 473 tweeters, and 796 followers (go on, four of you, make that up to 800).

One of the things about Twitter (and  other manifestations of social media) is that it provides easy opportunities for self-promotion, self-absorption and self-congratulation.

Now I know that if you are an author, for example, or a journalist, Twitter is a great way of allowing people to discover what you have written. Some of the best use of Twitter is by online publications or blogs tweeting an enticing headline followed by a link to an article.

No problem. But what about this?

  • @ima_writer! – “Please check out my latest book”
  • @ima_speaker! – “Looking forward to speaking to a gathering of the finest brains in Europe later today”
  • @joeblogs! – “Just finished reading the brilliant new book by @ima_writer! Best I’ve ever read”
  • @joeblogs! – “Just been listening to an absolutely wonderful talk by @ima_speaker! – is there a better speaker on the subject?”
  • @ima_writer! – RT @joeblogs! – “Just finished reading the brilliant new book by @ima_writer! Best I’ve ever read”
  • @ima_speaker! – RT @joeblogs! – “Just been listening to an absolutely wonderful talk by @ima_speaker! – is there a better speaker on the subject?”

Here is the question:

Is it narcissistic for authors, speakers and others to retweet posts that compliment them? Is this Twitter Narcissism?

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