Twittiquette

In one of my first blogs I wrote that I had reservations about joining Twitter but soon became an addict.  I love it now – I like the interaction with people, the humour, the way news breaks ahead of other channels, the help and advice and recommendations people share and the momentary glimpses into other people’s lives.  Another thing I like about it is that I can flit in and out at whim, there’s no obligation or expectation on me to stay tweeting if I’ve other things (work/life) to do.

There are a few things I dislike though and I don’t think I’m alone – these are the things that turn me off and make it most unlikely that I’ll follow you:

People who only tweet ‘buy my book’ over and over and make no effort to connect.

People who only tweet ‘read my blog’ or ‘visit my site’ over and over etc.

People who do either of the above and ask me to RT.

People who I’ve had no interaction with who baldly ask me to follow them back.

I don’t know what you do but when I get a new follower I usually check them out to decide whether I’ll reciprocate, I go to their home page and see what their last dozen tweets have been about, what their interests are, if they might be good company on Twitter.  If it’s all heavy ‘marketing’ style stuff I won’t bother following back.  If their tweets are protected or they don’t have a profile picture or they only tweet once a year, I’m unlikely to follow them too.

In the guide  Tweet Right by @nicolamorgan she likens Twitter to being at a party and I think that’s a good analogy, it’s a social network not an online store.  That and the ‘never tweet anything you wouldn’t want to see up on an advertising hoarding’ are good advice I think.  Another  entertaining post on etiquette comes from  @crimeficreader you can see that here.

Catch you later.

4 thoughts on “Twittiquette”

  1. I’m glad you’re doing this. I have not been twittering for long, but your post almost entirely chimes with my initial impressions. Real interaction is vital to the success of Twitter. I also very much appreciate it when those with thousands of followers take the trouble to respond to a tweet; it makes them more human. People refer to it as a hive, but to me it’s a busy market where everyone rubs shoulders and friends and complete strangers stop to chat before moving on.
    Thank you!

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