aka a fool and his money are soon parted, God love ’em, didn’t disappointed when it came to not delivering what they promised. Let this be a warning to you all.

As I’ve been busy writing and will soon publish something (shock, horror, surprise), I thought I’d start looking at some of the methods offered out there which authors can use to promote themselves.

First up, I’m looking at paying for tweets. This is where you pay a twitter user with a large number of followers to tweet something for you. On the surface it sounds ideal for spreading the word about my much loved collection of stories – reaching a large number of people with a relatively small outlay.

That’s what we all want isn’t it?

Disclaimer: I don’t want you to think I’m a fool. I have a little time at the moment and some money to spare, so I thought I’d give it a go. I can afford to lose twenty odd quid; it might hurt but I can afford to lose it.

The first company I looked at was, found by doing a search on Google, nothing fancy. My McAfee anti-virus was happy with the site and I did a basic search to see if anyone had written about any problems with the company – maybe I should have searched harder but it was late at night and I’d had rather a lot of coffee.

On you can either be an advertiser or a publisher. Twitter users can offer their services for, say, $20 a tweet and you can view the number of users this person has and take a look at the sort of thing they’ve been tweeting; to see if it suits you and will profit your dodgy marketing campaign.

The first person I looked at was a lady who professed to have 150,000 followers and was charging $10 dollars for a single tweet of your choice. Sounded great.  However, when I checked, she had just 20,000 followers and hadn’t tweeted a damn thing in three weeks (that was how her chuff was a little itchy and needed a scratch from someone equally horny).

Not the best of starts. Anyway, I managed to find four tweeters who had the number of followers they professed to have and were tweeting quite regularly. Their combined twitter power was 500,000 twitter followers.

The total cost of this was $12 and worth, I thought, a punt.

I added these four to the basket and was then told that a) I needed to put some money in the pot first and b) there was a 30% surcharge plus $7 on top of the cost.

Okay, so alarm bells should have started ringing at this point, but, as I said, I’d had a lot of coffee and it was late…damn late in fact.

I loaded $35 dollars (you may note that maths on the hoof isn’t my strong point).

Keep in mind that $12 plus 30% plus $7 = $22.60.

And then I pressed ‘buy’.

The whole $35 dollars immediately disappeared. Puff! Much to my caffeine-laced chagrin.  I contacted’s help section and sent them a message asking WTF was happening.

By this time, I’m not feeling terribly hopeful, of seeing my money again or getting a semblance of an explanation from I found the manage account facility and saw that all four of my choices were there and that the action taken box was empty. But it didn’t tell me much.

Maybe I’m just being paranoid, I thought.

Maybe something will happen and I’ll be pleasantly surprised.

As of yet, there have been no tweets of my paid for tweet. And I have had no explanation off

I have to say, now I’ve had a good kip and the caffeine’s worn off, I won’t be surprised if I never do.

What do you think? Dumb, huh? So here’s the advice: Don’t even think about it.

3 thoughts on “ aka a fool and his money are soon parted

  1. Send a letter to the CC company to dispute the charge. You paid for a service that you did not receive.

  2. Always good to use Paypal if they offer it – very easy to dispute & Paypal have a history of siding with the purchaser. (A good thing in this scenario 🙂 )

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