4 Constant Twitter Mistakes You Should Avoid

Today 10 year old blogger and twitter user - @Gloson from glosonblog.com shares 4 tips that twitter users make. At 10, Gloson has already got a network of over 1800 twitter followers – perhaps he could teach the rest of us a thing or two.

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Twitter is a great tool that can benefit you. But there are some mistakes that people make on twitter. To be a better twitter, it is best to avoid these mistakes, which is what I am going to share with you. Here is the list of the constant twitter mistakes.

1. Pride and Putting yourself First

What would you do if you got a direct message from someone you followed, and it says,

“Thanks for the follow! Be sure to check out my site, [site URL here] and see how cool I am!”?

You would probably feel like un-following that person, because of his ego and pride. So, be humble and think about other people first.

Spamming people with your links is putting yourself first. Would you like to follow that kind of person?

Think about what you would like to receive before sending a tweet or direct message on twitter. Pride comes before an un-follow.

2. Not Connecting With People

What do you feel if you talk to someone who doesn’t respond? Unnoticed. Come on, connect with people. One way of doing this is by asking questions. This shows that you want to connect with them. Be sure to appreciate the answers you have been given, or your answerers would feel quite ignored. For more information about this, click here.

Also, do not ask the same question repeatedly. Be patient. If you think he/she has forgotten about your question, send him/her a direct message. If you don’t get answered, let it be, or not it would be like harassing people. Pushing people is one of the reasons people un-follows you and blocks you. So, be patient and do not disturbingly push people. Also, when asking questions, be polite.

Another way of connecting with people is by answering questions. People will appreciate you and would probably answer your questions in the future.

Retweeting is also another way to connect with people on twitter. Retweeting simply means tweeting again what other people have tweeted. When retweeting, you must give credit to the original person who tweeted it. Only retweet information you find relevant or interesting.

The way you should retweet is “RT @(Original tweeter) (Original tweet)”

For more information on retweeting, click here.

3. Auto Responding

Seriously, get rid of those auto responders. Auto responders are impersonal.

Some auto responder services, such as tweetlater, offers to tweet a welcome message to your new followers for you; “Welcome: @follower, @anotherfollower, @another_follower, @Justanotherfollower” until all your followers are ‘welcomed’.

Do you actually feel ‘welcomed’ if you know that the welcome messages are automated? It is impersonal!

If you want to welcome a follower, be genuine and original. Send them a message they know is genuine.

4. Bringing no Value to your Followers

Although you don’t harass or offend our followers, do you think they still want to follow you if you don’t bring any value to them? Do you bring value to your followers? Do you think your followers would like to read your tweets? If you don’t bring any value to your followers, and do not do anything offending, you’re like just between good and bad.

Come on, be a value to your followers, do not just tweet what you are doing.

One way of doing this is to share links you find interesting. Ever came across a wonderful article? Share it! To make it easier to share articles and stuff, visit www.twitthat.com. They will provide you a button which you can drag to your browser. If you are on an article and you click the button, a window will pop up and will let you modify the tweet. Then, you click ‘Twit!’. And when the article is tweeted, the pop up window will automatically close.

You can also share inspiring quotes, answer your friends’ (the people whom you follow) questions, share a picture on twitpic, or even share a joke or two. You can also be funny in your tweets; “Going to sleep. Eyelids weighing 1 pound each! Good night/day everyone.”

Conclusion

To be a good twitter user, you should avoid all those 4 mistakes, think about what you would like to receive before tweeting. You could help your twitter friends to break a barrier. You could also answer their questions, or offer them suggestions or tips.

If you are a great benefit to your followers, your followers would be very happy and would probably return your kindness.

Comments

  • December 18, 2008

    This is a great set of tips! I am new to twitter so I’m just starting to feel my way about.

  • December 18, 2008

    Great tips. I think Twitter is such a great relationship building tool — if you use it to build relationships, that is. I can opt out of anyone I want, so why would I stay subscribed to people whose tweets and DMs are nothing but spam? Sometimes it’s easy to start copying what seems popular and hard to remember that your twitter followers deserved to be treated like a respected audience AND people.

  • December 18, 2008

    What are your thoughts on an auto responder for new followers that says, “Wow. Thanks for following me. I’m honored to be a little part of your world.”

    I do this for my auto-responder. I had it done to me and it gave me goosebumps. It’s the first auto-response I really enjoyed.

    I don’t think auto-responders are bad if you can create the right mix of emotions in your words.

  • December 18, 2008

    Wow! you’re as old (actually as young) as my son but you are way more knowledgable on Twitter than I am – thanks for the tip :)

  • December 18, 2008

    >When retweeting, you must give credit to the original person who tweeted it. Only retweet information you find relevant or interesting.

    Ah, I’ve been wondering about the etiquette about this. In some ways I’ve wondered if you should cite the person you got the info from, as you can naturally go and follow the path backwards to find the originator that way. Yet it does seem to make sense to give credit to the originator of the message.

  • December 18, 2008

    When they said new age Web 2.0 and internet businesses are for the younger generation, I didn’t expect 10 year olds. But here’s the prove. I tilt my hat off to you. Good post.

  • December 18, 2008

    I think the tip about having no auto-responders is the most important one here that people need to take a lesson on. If you are lucky enough to have someone wants to follow you – you should welcome them with a personal greeting. Lets face it, most of us are not a Guy Kawasaki and have time to respond to the people who follow us…

  • December 18, 2008

    Bravo, well said.

    But the blog post is a red flag for some… no-one in Twitter likes to be told they are doing it wrong and everyone likes to think their way is the best way.
    I agree with what you say as my preference, alas there will be those that disagree, and as reasonable human beings we should maybe accept that too.

  • December 18, 2008

    Great tips! Especially like the twitthat.com!

  • December 18, 2008

    This is a fantastic article! It has definitely provided some serious food for thought – thank-you!

  • December 18, 2008

    I agree with the point about being interactive. I can’t stand it when I try to interact with someone and they ignore me, especially if I have taken time to tweet with them about something they put in a broadcast.
    AL

  • December 18, 2008

    I did not know about twitthat. It’s a great way to bring value. Thanks!

  • December 18, 2008

    Great tips especially considering what people want to read. Value please, not a diary of your life.

  • December 18, 2008

    Agree with all the four points. I would like to add some more points though.

    5. Some tweeters tweet nothing but links to their articles. That’s annoying.
    6. Some use apps and send links from friendfeed to twitter or viceversa. They will never know even if you tried to converse with them. They never interact with people.
    7. Fake or counterfeit accounts of celebrities or brands.
    8. Tweeting affiliate links and worse still, sending them as DMs (depending on your settings, they land straight in your inbox)
    9. Some tweeters only respond with DMs to your @ messages. That implies that the tweeter doesn’t want to disclose that they are conversing with you? UNFOLLOW

    There are too many cool tweeps on twitter. Spare your time, energy and 2K follow limit to build network which adds value. Its not a game of numbers.

    Happy Tweeting,
    Shri

  • December 18, 2008

    Great post! I agree with everything except one part. I personally don’t mind when people throw me an autoresponder when I follow them as it makes it easy to click and see further detail on who they are or where they are blogging.

    Great post!

  • December 18, 2008

    I’ve been blogging for a little while now, but never really got into Twitter until recently. I’m just starting to realize the power of Twitter and look forward to becoming a regular user. These are great tips to work with. Giving value to your followers is huge. Thanks for sharing. Eric.

  • December 18, 2008

    I love the point about the autoresponders. They’re annoying to the people following those who do it and they are terribly impersonal.

    Please. Don’t do it.

  • December 18, 2008
    Brian A
    @bashen

    Nice article. Most of these tips pass the common sense test. That is, don’t be a selfish jerk anywhere including Twitter. I’m still torn on the auto-responding bit. I don’t do it myself but I can see people who think they are being nice by including a auto-response. I agree that spammy auto-responses are in bad taste but I will give some slack to those who just auto-respond with “thanks for following me”. I don’t think it is impersonal, just efficient. The eventual conversation will come naturally.

    So I’ll add my own etiquette rule: “Don’t be judgmental on people who don’t follow some arbitrary etiquette rule of yours particularly if, from reading their tweets, they appear genuine”. If you do feel strongly about something, a gentle DM to the person is probably your best bet.

  • December 18, 2008

    You forgot the most important mistake: Trying to tell other people how to use Twitter.

  • December 18, 2008

    I agree with the auto responder. Even though the message is the same, I write each “Welcome” or “Thank you” message to each new follower.

  • December 18, 2008
    Twitterer

    Frankly, I rarely @reply to anyone. It’s not my style. I rarely follow people if their twittering consists of pages of @replies.

    If I am going to respond to someone, it is likely going to be via DM. This is not because I am “hiding” anything, but because I am trying to keep my tweet timeline clean. I also consider it respectful of other users who are not involved in the conversation. Why clutter up their tweet timeline?

  • December 18, 2008

    Some very big corporate outlets are guilty of using those darn autoresponders and autotweeters. What works as a headline or blog subject line often makes no sense when sent as a tweet because its been stripped of the surrounding context. When it appeared on the originating website is was clear it was about sports, food, entertainment, etc, but once tweeted without surrounding headers and pictures its nearly unintelligible.

    Just say no to most autotweeting aps.

  • December 18, 2008

    Nice post – I was just finishing up my own on Twitter when I found yours. :)

  • December 18, 2008

    Thanks for the tips. I’m new to twitter. I’m still trying to see the value in it.

  • December 18, 2008

    Definitely 1 is most important. It just looks too spammy.

  • December 18, 2008

    Wow, I’m one of your followers on Twitter and I had no idea you were only 10 yrs old. Just thought you used an old pic of yourself as your avatar. lol I usually don’t follow anyone under the age of 18, but in your case, I’ll make an exception since I find value in your tweets.

    There’s a really great ebook detailing the ins and outs of using Twitter, but I won’t post the link to it here because I don’t want to promote on your blog post, even though the book wasn’t written by me and it is free. If anyone would like more information about it just contact me through Twitter.

    Keep up the great work!

    Regards,
    Sharon McPherson

  • December 18, 2008

    agree. auto responding is impersonal. how about auto welcome? hope people will share their take on this! thanks in advance.

  • December 18, 2008

    Just last night I was offended by a person I had just followed (she followed me first) sending out piles of autoresponder tweets. I take the time to DM everybody that follows me, thanking them. I feel if you can’t do that, you don’t need any more followers!

  • December 18, 2008

    @Ben Marvin, why do you think telling others how to use twitter is a mistake? I personally feel glad when people give me suggestions about how to use the service. In short, i find nothing wrong with that.

  • December 18, 2008

    you have to bring value to people before they will accept you in. It’s just human nature. Give them a reason to listen to you. What are you giving them that they think is a need. It doesn’t matter it is a true need or not. Within twitter people want to communicate. If you find something interesting that someone tweeted or a question that you can answer then tweet it up.

  • December 18, 2008

    Always bring something to the table. Give value from your area of expertise. Mine are finances, economy, stock trading. Give free bees, help them out just a bit. Give some humour to it. Always answer replies as best as you can.

    I wonder what those people do who are followed enmasse and follow no one else.
    .

  • December 18, 2008

    Excellent post, Gloson. I wish half the adults I knew had this much common sense. Good job! I look foward to adding your blog to my list of regular reads.

    Cheers,
    Kristen

  • December 18, 2008

    Are you seriously 10 yrs old? Amazing writing and experience for someone that young. Great post and helps with my recent analysis of Twitter as a revenue generator.

  • December 18, 2008

    Some great advice, which I think can also apply to the real world. If we considered others more often, whether on twitter or offline, the world would be a much better place. Great tips @Gloson!

  • December 18, 2008

    Glosen,
    Thank you for a compelling blog. Simple but profound advice. I wish my 18 year-old son wrote as wells as you!
    Take care,
    Diane

  • December 18, 2008

    As someone new to tweeting, I’m now your follower.

  • December 18, 2008

    Fabulous overview Gloson. Great work.

    I ReTweeted it.

  • December 18, 2008

    It really boils down to the basics, doesn’t it? Your advice about treating people how you would like to be treated is a way of life too many people have lost touch with. Thanks for reminding us all how far common sense can get you.

    http://www.datexmedia.wordpress.com

  • December 18, 2008

    I use tweetlater to auto-follow and DM, but instead of giving away something “free” or spamming my blog/site, I say something funny and perhaps shocking to some people, and I’ve had some really cool responses so far.

    See, now you know you want to follow-me just to see what you get, eh? ;)

    Cheers and great tips here… even for a shameless, self-promoting web audio marketing guy. ;)

  • December 18, 2008

    For someone new to twitter, this is a pretty good read. The general gist of it – keeping it personal, making it more of a conversation than merely a broadcast almost seem common sense, but yet are worth highlighting – it is too easy for something like this to become mechanical.

  • December 19, 2008

    Good tips especially that on auto-responders. Especially ones offering free gifts or a chanc eto subscribe to their RSS lol.

  • December 19, 2008

    Great tips, however I wonder if a ten year-old should be twittering? Twitter’s Terms of Service, Basic Terms, state: 1. You must be 13 years or older to use this site. Just a thought.

  • December 19, 2008

    This pots its great i thank you for it.

  • December 19, 2008

    Thanks for the post. Very helpful. However, I have noticed that a lot of twitter tip type posts are usually directed at power users. Advice like “don’t use autoresponders” is obviously made for people who get a lot of followers. I would like to see a post that is specifically directed at new twitter users. For example a step by step guide to go from zero to 200 followers would be helpful for millions of new twitter users.

  • December 19, 2008

    When new members join our LinkedIn Group I send them a welcome message introducing them to our other networking sites. Do you think it would be appropriate to send new Twitter followers a link to our blog for more networking information? Love your blog- full of great information.

  • December 19, 2008

    I can’t imagine following that many people. Way too much noise for me. I think that the quality of your network and the content provided by those that you follow is more important than quantity.

    Love including the Twitter ID into the blog comment form. First time I’ve seen this done – brilliant!

  • December 19, 2008
    lauren

    10 years old? Give me a break. No 10 year old native-English speaking person writes like this. The writing level in the posts is too advanced and compared to other areas, it sounds as if there are several different writes on this blog.

    Me thinks mom & dad help a great deal or this person is pulling your leg. Call me a skeptic…I’m not willing to step on the “Wow” bandwagon.

  • December 19, 2008

    Great post, I am so happy to be connected to you. You have such a great future ahead of you.

    Audrey

  • December 19, 2008

    Actually, by auto-responding, I meant to tweet the welcome-tweet (Welcome: @follower @anotherfollower @anotherone) publicly. I do not think it is a good idea.

  • December 19, 2008
    dan

    I find it depressing that at supposedly 10 years old, the author of this article thinks that twitter is a marketing tool.

    Twitter is about letting people know what you are doing, and seeing what your friends are doing, nobody gives a toss if you have a million followers, how many of your twitter friends do you actually know?

  • December 20, 2008

    Great tips but then again this isn’t the mind of 10y old. I know even the blog says its from 10y old. Same thing with the carloscab.com who is “teaching others make money online” and he is 14? …Dont want to sound too negative, its just an opinion of someone that had was 10 years old and knows a lot of 10 year olds :) .

  • December 20, 2008

    Oh I hate #1 and get those all the time. It’s like a robot. I only use Direct Messages to add to a tweet or to someone I know online.

    As for the auto welcome, I didn’t realize it was automatic, so now I don’t feel welcomed, I did originally though.

  • December 20, 2008

    I agree about auto responding and I used to send individual welcomes. However, in one three day period, I had 87 new followers. At least I include “.,.and tell me what you thinking” in my auto-response. It’s a corporate Twitter site and aren’t we supposed to be listening too?

  • December 20, 2008

    Auto-responders are great.

    Part of what a welcome message does is it tweets your new followers to your existing followers.

    This is really more of a “everybody, this is Carla! say hello!” than a personalized message for the new follower to enjoy.

    And they are great. People I follow will use such an autoresponder and I do check out other people’s profiles to see if I’d like to follow them as well.

  • December 20, 2008

    Excellent post, Darren. I was wondering about those automated welcome messages. Being personal is key. Connecting with others takes effort and if you’re not stepping out to engage your followers and others on Twitter, you’ll be left in an empty room.

    Great stuff, as always :-)
    Dali

  • December 21, 2008

    Let me get this straight: you’re not supposed to just tell people about your day, but you’re supposed to contribute something of value? Therefore, nothing one does personally is of value, is that it? I have to wait until someone else blogs about it so I can link to them?

    I just checked Gloson’s twitter feed, and it’s mostly replies (someone above posted how they hated that, and I agree) and links with descriptors like “this is hilarious”. There is one two-word tweet that stuck out to me though. It said:

    “eating lunch”

    How is that not personal and of value? To be honest, if I were following Gloson I wouldn’t mind that tweet in the slightest. But I do mind it if the author of this article makes it, because it’s exactly the kind of tweet he said is a mistake.

    Okay, so he has over 2,000 followers. Good on you. But remember that Twitter was set up to answer the question “What are you doing right now?”.

    Surely if what you are doing right now is of value to the people following you (and here I’m thinking about all the lovely tweeps I met through NaNoWriMo and how we helped each other through the last two weeks of writing a novel in a month), you can say something about what you’re doing? There is a difference between talking about yourself and being a conceited ass.

    And: as a former English teacher, I will agree with the above posters that while a 10-year-old may have started this article, he definitely didn’t finish it.

  • December 21, 2008

    Great post! Short, sweet, to the point, and most importantly, insightful!
    I’m surprised that something of such quality can come from a ten year old, and and the same time, remembering that age has little to do with ability, appreciate having someone as insightful as yourself, share such wise words!
    Look forward to following you on twitter ;)
    Farhan

  • December 21, 2008

    @kat Actually, by ‘do not just tweet about what you are doing’, I didn’t mean you shouldn’t tweet about what you are doing. I meant you can tweet about what you are doing, but you also should tweet something of value to your followers.

    You can also tweet personal tweets. Also, I didn’t mean that every tweet you tweet must have value.

  • December 22, 2008

    I use tweet later to send welcome message to my new followers with just a welcome message and no message to visit my blog. So that way I think using autoresponder is not bad. If some day I cannot welcome my new twitter followers even then they will get message from tweetlater.

  • December 23, 2008

    What I find most people do is that they post clearly personal messages on Twitter. Some professional bloggers I was forced to un-follow were like that. And I don’t post any personal message or even any marketing tweet. I have never made one penny from my twitter account. If you check out my twitter profile you will know this. I believe this is the way of using twitter to benefit from your followers.

    Lenin
    twitter.com/vjlenin
    cutewriting.blogspot.com

  • December 24, 2008

    Clearly, you’ve been through some traumatic experiences, here on Twitter. That’s okay. However, suggesting that people should talk less about what they’re doing is a little ridiculous, don’t you think? Haven’t you seen…http://www.twitter.com The point is to “stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing?”

    Now I’m not a shrink or anything, but I would assume that you get tired of the inane conversation that goes on in the slow times (or the meme times, or the twitterfights, etc.) but you don’t have to read it if it bothers you. (Personal censorship…what a FABULOUS idea).

    I hope I don’t sound too rude. I really think it’s great that you’re getting out your feelings, but don’t welcome people to Twitter with your list of commandments to tell them how to interact. The point of Twitter is to say whatever you want, whenever you want. Sure, it started with the “what are you doing” but evolved into being able to say what no one’s around to hear while you’re at work. It’s pretty fantastic, really. Why would you begrudge someone to have a chuckle at something they may never have otherwise heard?

    Moving on (I talk a lot…should’ve mentioned that) no, people won’t always respond to your tweets. [in keeping with the previous paragraph, it's a hit and miss situation]. People have “off” times and lives and sex and beer and things to do, perhaps needing a little tweet-free time. Contradictory to your own point of not having an ego, isn’t it egotistical that you should think everyone should always respond to your every tweet or dm. People don’t owe you anything. Surely there are times you don’t want to respond to a message. Not to mention times when you don’t have Twitter on. Are you really gonna get pissy about someone doing something else?…really?

    People are having fun here, you know? The autoresponders (are those the same as bots? no, really, there are way too many terms to keep up with) are cool – they’re something to read. Here again, you can unfollow autoresponders. [duh] Twitter has a constitution that can be amended accordingly. It’s a form of expression – our right, my friend. Because if we can’t say what we want via various forms of data transmission, the terrorists win.

    I appreciate you taking the time to jot down all the things that piss you off about Twitter. This self-serving, anti-the-way-I-want-things war on free speech and the choice to ignore it propaganda will be useful for at least the next three weeks. There’s always a good story about someone taking something personally and trying to avoid that situation by any means necessary.

    Seriously, I really wasn’t trying to be rude. I guess it’s just the need to say what I’m thinking as – has been proven – is the point of all of this…indeed, it’s how we found each other! If people want to take pride or be angry or report something wonderful or tragic and share their thoughts, let them do it! If it’s nothing more than a sms romance, you can’t take it personally. You can’t “connect” on a personal level with 643 people. And maybe you don’t want to connect to a depth more than being able to chat with someone, and maybe that’s enough.

    Well Merry Christmas (or Chanukah/Kwanzaa/Chrismakkuh/Festivus…whatever you’re into). And a healthy and prosperous life to you.

    Dictated but not read – Maggy Castellaneta

  • December 25, 2008
    Anne Good
    @agoutloud

    It is very easy to forget or ignore these common sense rules of Twitter success.

  • December 27, 2008

    I agree with all of them..

    I wouldn´t want to be welcomed with an auto responder too.

  • December 29, 2008

    Hi, you make some good points, but Twitter Rule #1 should be “Don’t tell people how to use Twitter.”

    It’s interesting to hear that some people are upset by things like other people thanking them.

    I don’t use any automation on Twitter, but those messages in your point #1 are NOT spam, since you chose to follow that person. In fact, unless you know of a way to send messages to people who aren’t following you, there really is no such thing as spam on Twitter. That’s the beauty of it- you can follow or unfollow anyone very easily, and there’s no way (that I know of) that they can force you to follow them.

  • December 30, 2008

    Happy New Year! What great tips for new folks like myself. I want to have all of your internet knowledge just magically appear in my brain. That’s my New Years Wish. What does a 10 year old with your brains wish for???

    Thanks for the info and keep it coming!
    Nancy

  • December 31, 2008

    This is an excellent primer for those of us new to Twitter. Coming from a blog-mentality heading towards the lightspeed thought process of Twitter is a bit different. But Gloson is definitely right when it comes to providing content for your followers and not being selfish. Twitter is abused all too often for those trying to publicize self efforts opposed to creating real communities and generating human contact.

    Kudos!
    -Jaems

  • January 5, 2009
    Carlton Reid
    @carltonreid

    I have a tenYear old son. He plays football rides his bike and sometimes goes online to play games. Although he’s seen me running a business from close quarters I wouldn’t expect him to be able to tell others how to do it.

    If gloson is a genuine 10 year old I think he’s old beyond his years, extremely mentally and emotionally advanced and unlike any other ten year old I’ve ever heard about.

  • February 11, 2009

    A lot to think about here, thank you.

  • May 8, 2009
    Jeff Ling
    @jeffling

    Remember when you’d see the really cool science fair projects that your friends brought to school and they looked so incredibly better than yours cause you actually made yours?

    Good tips…. Thanks Mom.

  • August 29, 2009

    Very helpful and insightful.

    Thank You.

  • September 9, 2009

    Great post, summed it up nicely. I say, “Stop marketing, and start interacting” and the rest will follow ;-)

  • September 19, 2009

    Excellent post, Gloson.Very helpful and insightful.

    I agree with all of them..

  • December 8, 2009
    Alyse Anderson
    @Its_Uh_Lease

    Good tips, Some of my pics and links can be offensive actually 1 link in particualr is offensive to many people he gets hatemail all the time, and it’s nice to know that it’s not a bad thing to cross the line, which I always do anyways.

  • June 22, 2010

    My biggest Twitter pet peeves:
    1. Incomplete profiles
    2. Infrequent tweets
    3. Bios that are completely unhelpful (or no bios!)
    4. Private profiles

    * These are more reasons why I won’t follow someone in the first place, but I totally agree with you on why I would UNFOLLOW someone. Great post!

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