Thursday, February 4, 2010

10 Things Not To Do When Tweeting

If you're new to this blog (or me) you may not know that I'm a big Twitter fan. You may want to check out my post, What's With This Twitter-thing, Anyway? if you don't know what Twitter is all about.

I plan on doing more blog posts about Twitter, and I think this one will start us off nicely.

10 Things Not To Do When Tweeting
(This excludes the normal awful stuff like Marketing Bots, Porn Bots, etc.)

1. Over-abbreviation. I know it's only 140 characters. And I know it's sometimes challenging to fit it all, but shoving a paragraph in a single tweet by abbreviating everything is gouge-my-eyes-out annoying--and hard to decipher.

Example: Wnt 2 the mall & fnd ths delcs chclt appls. Cst a fortn but so wrth th prc cz chclt is hevn on erth.

2. Quotes, quotes, and more quotes. I love a good quote as much as anyone else, but that doesn't mean all your tweets should be quotes. Unless you're @iheartquotes. If not, then throw in some of your own thinking.

3. Everything you eat--in real time. I don't mind you mentioning what you eat, especially if it's entertaining, like "Had knock down drag out with my kids over the last of the macaroni & cheese." But I don't need to know what you have for every meal, as well as snacks in between. I might get tempted to reply with calorie counts.

4. Nothing but links. I love the links to good stuff, but if I don't have any sort of idea of who you are or why you're linking to something, I don't follow the links.

5. ALL CAPS ALL THE TIME. I feel like you're yelling at me. Besides, what do you do if you really want to emphasize something?

6. Twitter pics that mean nothing. Okay, so it's a fuzzy picture of your dog's nose. And that means...what?

7. Really vague tweets. I don't know if you're trying to sound mysterious, if you want us to think your life is awesome, or if you don't know how to cram it all in 140 characters, but I'd like at least *a little* detail.

Example: Just had the best experience ever!

What was the best experience? Writing the tweet? Bathing your dog? Mud wrestling?

8. Nothing but self-promotion. Twitter is a great platform for letting people know about events or news relating to your career, but please throw in some other things besides self-promotion. Just a few?

9. Follower Collecting. You know, the tweets like Follow me. Please?! *oozing desperation* or I'm trying to get 50 million followers by midnight or whatever. And if you follow 52,000 people, I'm going to lump you in this category, too. However, if you're gathering followers for a cause, like donating money to the Haiti earthquake victims, then I'll let you slide on this one.

10. TMI. Even though you tweet from the privacy of your own computer, phone, netbook, etc. remember that Twitter is a public venue. Please, please, please don't share information that we really don't want to know and wish we could burn from our brains.

Example: The doctor told me I would quit getting nose bleeds if I would just keep my finger out of there.

So there you have it, my 10 Things Not To Do When Tweeting. Don't worry if you've committed infractions, I'll still give you a second chance before I hit the Unfollow or Block button.

Are there any that you'd add to the list?

* Side note: Here's a really interesting article, "Are you Fun to Follow on Twitter?" by Tammy Erickson. She helps you know things To Do When Tweeting.


Kimberly Job said...

Twitter baffles me. Any ideas or links to read about the basics?

Elana Johnson said...

Excellent post from you! I know you like twitter, and I'm on there, trying, and I agree with all of your points.

One Cluttered Brain said...

Just so you know, I tweeted this BEFORE I actually read it cause I knew it would be funny.
So funny, I almost had to change my pants!
You are hilarious!
I love your way of thinking!!!!
Psst. I parked my butt and write today too. And you know what? It felt so good. Thanks for being such a good example to me...:)

You always seem to kick my trash when it comes to the writing corner. Not anymore. I will write. Just like you.
(Well not just like you, cause i don't wanna plagarize, but you know what I mean, Right)


Yes, I realized i just used a hashtag and i'm not in Twitter. Uh-oh, I'm in trouble now. :D

One Cluttered Brain said...

that's WROTE. Jeez. I need a spell check for my comments too.
Sorry author friend for my bad proofreads in the comment area. I'm really not that bad of a writer. Honest.

Krista said...

Great points. I will desperately try to remember them as I am tempted to tweet about my lunch, my poor following, or my colonoscopy (should I ever have one)... moderation in all things, right? Thanks for the guidelines.

Daron D. Fraley said...

Great post. I will try to avoid the finger-in-the-nose tweets.

L.T. Elliot said...

Thank you! This should be mandatory reading for all twitter users. Really. =]

Terresa said...

This post is great! I love the abbreviation one, especially.

I tend to Tweet a lot of quotes, although I mix links, real life stuff, etc in, too.

Now, if I can only convince my husband/mom/sisters/bfs to Tweet...

WindyA said...

Great compilation of tips! I second that. All of it.

Carolyn V. said...

I love the tips I am still trying to figure out how to use Twitter and am so glad you are posting these. I need the help. =)

Mary Campbell said...

Great advice and so funny.

Kimberly said...

Okay, now I'm laughing AND racking my brain trying to think if I'm an offender or not...

Susan at Stony River said...

I loved that list. Mostly I enjoyed it because those points are all great tips... but I'll also admit that I'm relieved to see my own tweeting habits *not* in there! lol

Feywriter said...

This is great! Some of these are reasons I won't automatically return a follow.