GoodreadsIt took me a while to catch on, but then again, that’s not unusual as sometimes I’m a bit slow on the uptake. After enjoying adding a few new friends each day on Goodreads for some years now, I wondered why my popularity had dried up all of a sudden when quite some time passed without any new friend requests. Then I did what all morons finally do. I checked the Goodreads Help section.

So that’s the problem I finally discovered. Goodreads has done a Facebook and decided that if you have 5,000 friends, well, you’re popular enough, so just live with the fact that you can’t have any more. Nice! So what do I do now?

At first, I though well I’ll go and check Shelfari, but I’ve been there done that, and quite honestly it just isn’t anywhere near as good a social network as Goodreads. Perhaps I should spend more time on Facebook? Well, if I understood how Facebook worked I might have, but for some reason I just can’t get the hang of it. Perhaps because it changes weekly and I don’t particularly like change may be the reason.

My next ‘knee jerk’ reaction was to write this blog post because I realised that I’m really quite peeved with Goodreads now. I mean, 5,000 is not that many for an author hoping to sell millions of books. Yeah I know, in my dreams.

But when did someone decide how many friends I can have? I think this decidedly unfriendly attitude by Goodreads deserves one of my favourite phrases.

‘Damn nazi nanny attitude if you ask me.’

Right! I’m Dead On Goodreads
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8 thoughts on “Right! I’m Dead On Goodreads

  • 02/05/2012 at 12:01 am
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    5,000 friends?
    Will you recommend my books to them?
    I’m peeved at Goodreads for a completely different reason.

  • 02/05/2012 at 12:03 am
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    I forgot to press the follow up comments by e mail button.
    There, now I’ m ready!

  • 02/05/2012 at 12:06 am
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    I don’t have a website.
    Google me!

  • 02/05/2012 at 12:06 am
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    Do you seriously believe that having 5,000 friends on Goodreads means anything much? A lot of those people will friend anyone who will friend them back. A lot don’t participate once they’ve signed up. And a lot just aren’t going to buy anything from you anyway. If you actually participate, yourself, and aren’t there just to self-promote, you’ll find you can’t possibly keep up with 5,000 people’s activities. Goodreads isn’t Facebook, thank goodness. I’ve signed up as a fan of a few writers there and then dropped them when I realized they didn’t bother adding books to their shelf or writing reviews, didn’t participate in any way except to promote their books.

  • 02/05/2012 at 3:26 am
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    Hey, you’re right, Derek, I just tried to befriend you on Goodreads and they wouldn’t let me. They did let me become a fan though. Also I just tried to click on your link to FaceBook and that didn’t work either.

    I’m not too sure about FaceBook either, it changes too many times for my liking, but I do go on there to chat to friends privately and promote my blog, website and other writer friends. Also on FaceBook it’s hard to keep things private, like family. I never add family stuff on there and don’t let them join me either. Don’t trust it. I’ve found even when I’ve set mine to private folks can see my stuff through friends that haven’t got theirs set to private, so no relatives are allowed on mine. Now no need to set it to private. I don’t want the whole world seeing the squabbles of my hundreds of relos, like some seeing that there was a party, wedding or christening and they weren’t invited. Then they publicly rant. LOL. Not! :)

    5,000 friends? Whoohoo. Looks like I’m good for a long time then. I don’t even have 1,000. LOL. Not! Ah, well, at least I can still keep following you on Twitter, Derek.

    Now for some advice. what’s your best means of selling your books?

  • 04/05/2012 at 7:12 am
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    Hey Derek,

    I tried to befriend you on Goodreads and they wouldn’t let me. it sucks that they limit your friends up to 5,000 only. if you’re hoping to sell millions of books, you can start by posting them on facebook, that way a lot of people will know about it, it helps if you tag a few photos.

  • 30/05/2012 at 5:56 am
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    Huh. 5,000 eh? Good to know. Your site truly is a wealth of information.

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