A lot has been said regarding the optimisation of Twitter, how to use it to effectively promote products and websites, how to gain followers and source information... But little has been written about the woes of the daily feed rife with breaches of what I like to call Twittetiquette.
Twittetiquete breach #1 – Making plans
No one wants to watch as you decide on where to go and what time to meet up with three or four other Twitter users, which inevitably leads to sentences which span more than one tweet and a feed clogged up with pointless pub suggestions and the cheapest cinemas. If you must make plans on Twitter, I’m pretty sure the best idea is to use a very convenient feature known as a Direct Message. Or even better, just pick up the phone.
Twittetiquete breach #2 – Not following back
There’s always someone who goes along to the pub and every time, without fail leaves before it’s his/her turn to buy a round. Eventually, they no longer get invited to the pub. Similarly, people with whom you have a lot of twitter interaction and who refuse to follow you back will usually end up unfollowed – and with good reason.
Twittetiquete breach #3 – Tweeting about things which no one wants to know.
Very few of your followers are going to care what today’s outfit looks like, what type of coffee you are currently drinking, why you love your friends (who are probably not even on Twitter) or what the weather’s like in your local town. If you feel the need to inform us of these fascinating events, at least make the tweet vaguely witty. Otherwise you will be on the receiving end of one of my favourite sarcastic hashtags: #riveting.
Very few of your followers are going to care what today’s outfit looks like
Twittetiquete breach #4 – The unaware spammer
I could rant for pages about the fake accounts which bombard you with tweets about “ways to make £2,000 per day working from home!” But even more irritating are the Generic Person With A Blog tweets, which inevitably inviolve posting the same link to the same post dozens of times over the course of a week. Immediate unfollow.
Twittetiquete breach #5 – Overflowing tweets
Very, very occasionally, some people have such incredibly fascinating things to say that it’s absolutely impossible to get the point across in 140 characters. Most of the time, however, following on into another tweet is completely unnecessary. The whole POINT of Twitter is the restriction. Bypassing it for no reason seems silly and you may as well just start a blog where you have the unlimited space of the “whole internet” to fill up with your fascinating musings.
Tweet @sirenabergman if you have any examples of unforgivable breaches of #twitetiquette
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