8 Sure-Fire Ways To Tick Off the Twitterverse

When you’re starting out with Twitter it is easy to make mistakes and put potential followers off-side. In this post Jenny Cromie (follow her at @JennyCromie) explores 8 ways to tick off other Twitter users.

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Have you ever been to a social networking event and watched someone make a complete fool out of themselves? It’s like watching a car wreck in slow motion. Or like listening to a violinist who doesn’t know the difference between an A flat and and A sharp. It’s painful.

The whole point of a social networking event is to get to know people and build relationships. But if you don’t have a handle on the right social graces, you’ll make the wrong kind of lasting impression.

To the uninitiated, Twitter may seem like a collection of random conversations and annoying mini marketing campaigns. But the Twitterverse is really a big community that you build up around you. And as with most communities, there are certain rules—spoken and unspoken. There’s etiquette on Twitter—or as I like to call it—Twittiquette.

People new to the Twitterverse can’t help it if they make a few social gaffes now and then. Because they simply don’t know what they don’t know. In these cases, social missteps are forgivable. I made a few myself when I first joined up. One time, a new follower thought I was a bot. A bot I most certainly was not, I told her. I just couldn’t figure out the status updater I was using and ended up pinging my poor Tweeps with multiple announcements about my latest blog post (my belated apologies again, Tweeps).

But there are others who have been milling around the Twitterverse for a while and they clearly should know better. These are the folks who you would never ever in a million years want to run into at a chamber of commerce event. In person, they would probably corner you for a half hour or more and talk at you about how fantabulous their company/product/service is and why you should give a gosh darn.

And if you haven’t figured it out already, some of these folks are mingling about and icking up the Twitterverse too. You might even have a couple in your list of followers. Or <gasp> maybe you recognize yourself in one of Twitter types below.

In any case, here’s my list of the eight most difficult Twitter types. The kind of folks that you want to unfriend, unfollow, and unTwitter.

And hey—if the shoe fits, I trust that you’ll know what to do. Or if you are guilty of some of the below but simply are in denial, I hope for your sake that one of your Tweeps will be kind enough to pull you aside via Direct Message and tell you to knock it off already!

1. TwitterNarcissist

This is the guy or gal who thinks that you and every other Tweep is actually waiting with baited breath to find out what they did at every moment throughout the day. They clutter up your page with inane details like: “Watching CSI, eating popcorn, and loving every minute of it!” “Cleaned the kitchen counter!” “Making chili for dinner!!!” Most people are inundated and bombarded with information every day, all day long. The inbox overfloweth. So if you’re going to Twitter something, make it useful or meaningful to your Tweeps. Or send a direct message to the people who really do care what you’re eating for dinner, watching on TV, or listening to on your MP3 player. But please don’t pull the stream-of-consciousness baloney that so often gives Twitter a bad name. I don’t have the time, energy, or desire to track or filter the drivel—and I suspect, neither do your other Tweeps.

2. TwitterSpammer

A few weeks ago, I suddenly found myself followed by a real estate company, a funeral home, and someplace that specialized in Botox treatments—all from California. WTF? Okay, I am not going to be buying a house anytime soon, and if I was, I certainly wouldn’t be buying one in California. And I don’t plan on dying any time soon, so leave me alone you mortician marketing person—your branding campaign is just plain creepy. Besides, I live in Michigan. And Botox facility, I have nothing to say except “Buzz off!” How did these weirdo marketing flunkies find me? I have no clue. But I blocked them as soon as they announced themselves in my inbox. If you own a business or are new to marketing, keep this in mind: Twitter is great for growing your business—as long as you target the right audience and observe proper Twittiquette. Otherwise, you’ll just tick people off. Word-of-mouth marketing is great if you make a good impression, but not so great if you make a bad one.

3. TwitterDigMeDude

These are the types of people who have thousands of followers but who follow no one. To my knowledge, I am only following one of these guys, and his name is Timothy Ferriss—author of the 4-Hour Workweek. I suppose if he followed all of his fans, he’d have to rewrite his book and call it the 80-Hour Workweek. But actually, if he does start following people at some point, he’ll probably just hire a virtual assistant to do it for him. For the time being, I’ll forgive Timothy for not following me because it seems to fit into his overall strategy of doing as little work as possible and getting away with it. For the rest of us earthlings, though, Twitter is about having dialogues and building relationships. So if you’re not following anyone, you’re having a monologue and you’re asking everyone to dig you and everything you have to say. And how boring is that? That’s like the guy who won’t shut up about himself at a cocktail party, but who starts to nod off the moment someone else starts talking himself or herself.

4. TwitterBotty

Hey everybody—read my great blog post! Hey everybody—read my great blog post! Hey everybody—read my great blog post! Get the idea? Did you hear me yet? HEY! DID YOU READ MY BLOG POST??!! Yes, there are people on Twitter who keep repeating themselves because they are afraid you might not have “heard” them the first, second, third, or even fourth time. And yes, I did it a few times by accident myself when I was still trying to figure out one of those status updater thingiemajigs. But I am not a bot. There’s no need to repeat yourself on Twitter. If people like what you have to say, they’ll retweet it and repeat it for you. Otherwise, one mention of your blog post or other link is enough. More than that, you’ll start ticking off the Twitterverse. And trust me, you really really don’t want to do that.

5. TwitterDumbLinker

This is the guy or gal who says: “Hey! I read this great thing! Click here for major big-time chuckles!” Uh, sorry. Tell me more about the link and why I should care, and then maybe I’ll click on the link. If you don’t provide me with a good reason why I might be interested in taking the time to click, then I’ll just keep scrolling down the screen of Tweets and ignore you. Or worse, I might even block you if you pull that dig-my-secret-link trick too many times. Telling me that something is funny and that I should click on a link isn’t enough—especially if I don’t know anything about you or your sense of humor yet. Most people don’t have time for random clicking—I certainly don’t.

6. Twittermatic

I recently linked up with someone via Twitter, and a nanosecond later, they had written out an impressively lengthy response to my simple “Hello, how are you?” At first, I thought: “Wow! They’ve got fast fingers!” And then I realized that I was just another number in their list of followers—that they had the automatic, canned response that they sent to everyone after that initial Twitter linkup. Having said this, I do try to respond to everyone who chooses to follow me. But to be completely honest, sometimes what I send via direct message to a new follower is not too different from what I’ve sent to other Tweeps. That said, I always try to acknowledge people by name if it’s provided. And if I have time, I try to engage in a little dialogue. People don’t like to feel like a number—not even on Twitter.

7. TwitterJabberJaw

I linked up to this woman on Twitter a couple months ago who just would not shut up. I eventually unfollowed her because she was dominating my screen, and apparently, not taking a breath—every day, all day long. I began to wonder if she was independently wealthy because that’s all she seemed to do all day—Tweet Tweet Tweet. People don’t like to be held hostage by a manic conversationalist in person, and the same goes for Twitter. Don’t hog the conversation—you’re not that interesting. No one is.

8. TwitterSmarmySales

I was very excited to hook up with one gentleman on Twitter who had some interesting publishing connections. Until I realized that he was simply trying to hawk his e-book and other editorial services onto me and other Tweeps. I also received several spammy e-mails from him, but haven’t unfollowed him. Yet anyway. So if you’re just taking up Twitter space to sell your services, toot your horn about how awesome your business is, or aggressively market whatever it is you’re trying to market, then just stop it already. It’s a bad strategy. It gives you a smarmy reputation. Tweeps know when you’re full of it and not really interested in anything other than trying to do the hard sell. So if that’s what you’re interested in, just buy an ad that I can turn off or ignore, but please don’t Tweet me to death.

Written by Jenny Cromie, a full-time HR/business freelance writer, editor, and Twitter convert. Jenny also is editor of The Golden Pencil, a b5media blog about freelance writing and how to build a successful freelance writing business. Please feel free to say hello on Twitter: @JennyCromie.

Comments

  • January 9, 2009

    Great Post and Great List… Unfortunately I might be ticking off the Twitterverse; however I’m not a spammer. LOL

    Is there a twittequette class where we can learn to eat with fine China and not upset the Twitterverse at the same time? :-)

  • January 9, 2009

    #4 – saw this so many times yesterday my head was fixing to explode! :D

  • January 9, 2009

    Good article!
    I’m still a noob but glad to say that through common sense do not commit any of these atrocities.
    Well written! And thanks.
    Zed

  • January 9, 2009

    Love all the points, great post ;)
    “Twittiquette” haha :)
    Will follow you……

  • January 9, 2009

    Thanks for a really good post. One of the cool things with Twitter is the different personalities (and bots) you get to meet. Quite quickly you get to identify the different types of users on Twitter and can easily ignore the ones that use Twitter in a way you find irritating.

  • January 9, 2009

    Thanks Jenny for the great information, very rich content and tips!

    Thanks again

    Firas

  • January 9, 2009

    Nice article and I definitely agree with you about the real estate and marketing people. I’ll add all those “I can show you how to make money on the internet” people to your list too. I already make money online, thank you :)

    I will disagree with you a bit regarding the need to know what mundane things people are doing. That is part of what makes Twitter personal and helps me to connect with my tribe as real people. I do want to know about their families and what they like to watch on tv, and routines. It helps me feel as if I truly know them. I will concede however, that once following counts get into 4 digits, if that was all there was, there’d be no value, but my core tribe – I WANT to know all about their boring mundane stuff too.

  • January 9, 2009

    So true… I have following some tweeps like that, but sometimes oneself can enter in some of these categories, the idea is not having these behaviours often…;)

    Gera .:. sweetsfoods

  • January 9, 2009

    For me the biggest violation of “Twittiquette” (oh, please) is someone who tries to tell you there are guidelines for Twitter. That’s like saying there are rules for writing a blog. Twitter is a massive leviathan that defies any attempt at reins or controls, and thank goodness for that. I’m sorry, but this is merely your list of your eight biggest pet peeves on Twitter. Don’t attempt to make your peeves guidelines for the rest of us, thank you.

  • January 9, 2009

    Great post. I agree with you. Would you say that lurking is also a problem? I go through phases. At times I tweet between 5 and 10 times a day, but then for a few weeks I don’t tweet at all. It’s not easy to find a balance. Now that I have twitterfox and (I forget what it’s called) the thing that allows you to tweet from your url bar, it’s a lot easier.
    Thanks for this post, it was useful. :-)

  • January 9, 2009

    Regarding 2) Perhaps the have found some blog posts from you and found it interesting what you are doing. Like me, I have just startet do follow you :)

  • January 9, 2009

    Great list. Here are some more that irritate the crap out of me!

    How about the jerk that follows you, then un-follows as soon as you follow him?

    or the tweet that contains just a url?

    Twitter has grown beyond its beginnings as a way to let people know you are having lunch at Burger King, but some folks just don’t get it. It’s a medium of conversation and information sharing that no longer has room for those simple “What are you doing” messages.

  • January 9, 2009

    Brilliant article Jenny.
    I’m still new to twitter and trying not to irritate too many of my followers so will be taking your advice.
    One type of person that also annoys me is a twitterer who is only concerned with the number of followers he has.

  • January 9, 2009

    Well it just so happens I am a new Twitter and I can appreciate a lot of these points! I have seen both ends of the spectrum of #3 This @appletweets is following one person @ChadOhman I was impressed thinking it was actually Apple. Needless to say it wasn’t but the point I am making is how mind blowing Twitter is. I have yet to learn all it’s great potential but along with all the other Social marketing mediums I have to admit it’s on the top of the lists. I am recommending all my clients set up an account. Thanks for the great info I hope I can use some of it for our benefit. With your permission I will include this post in our next article.
    Gabriella

  • January 9, 2009

    Heh, excellent post. I have, of course, fallen in love with the whole Twitter concept & am trying to use it in the least… er… annoying way possible?
    I do have Twitterfeed set up to let people know about blog posts — but those messages happen ONE TIME. You’re right — if people want to read, they will — asking them to read over and over gets an eyeroll & an unfollow.
    Keep up the good work.
    Peace.

  • January 9, 2009

    I’m knew to Twitter but I’ve already seen all 8 examples written above. I wonder if this post will change the way a lot of people use Twitter. Let’s wait and see.

  • January 9, 2009

    I think the key is be balanced and be real.

    A little bit of what I am doing… Just found a new favorite coffee.
    A little bit of what I am reading… Great article on being a good tweet citizen. http://www.twitip.com/8-sure-fire-ways-to-tick-off-the-twitterverse/
    A little bit of what I am writing… (not every article maybe, but the Featured stuff)
    And…
    A lot of engagement, conversation, and trying to be helpful.

    Ideally, very little or none of the hey look at me marketing and no robots.

  • January 9, 2009

    Funny read. I agree with 2, 3, 4, 6,7 and 8.

    When it comes to 1, it really depends how personal the person Twitters. I some times randomly tweet: “Updating Fedora 10 on my Eee Pc”, or something in that direction. Sure, it’s probably not too useful for you, but in the end Twitter is a social networking website. It’s a great marketing tool and a source for up to date news and happenings, but I actually like it when some of the people I follow get a bit personal; to kind of let you know they are human too. :)

    Kind of the same thing with the 5. Some manage to be very descriptive what the link is about, but opening a link and closing it if it’s something I don’t want to read takes probably about 10 seconds.

  • January 9, 2009

    Sending a direct message to people who have just started following you! DUH!!! Great idea!!! I feel like a fool -but that never occurred to me. (Neither did sending an automatic message – which just feels kind of creepy!)

    Thanks! I’d hate to be “one of those” people on Twitter!

  • January 9, 2009

    Lol, I love this piece. Personally I’ve encountered almost all the kinds mentioned and probably did a few myself.

    Sometimes, it really can’t be controlled. Ex: I’m tweeting off with my friends saying “good morning, how u today” n replying to their hello’s, I’m filling up the timeline of a person whoz following very few people.

    I’m on twitter for socializing, networking, learning, knowledge sharing and much more. I want to learn from my fellow tweeple and interact with them.

  • January 9, 2009

    I agree with most of this, but with some modifications. I don’t think there is anything wrong with tweeting a second time about a blog post, since many people will be on Twitter only during the workday or only during the evening. If they are following too many people, they will miss what you have to say. I would not suggest doing this for every blog post, but if there is a really good one and you want discussion, I don’t see anything wrong with a second tweet.

    I am also not sure I agree with the following to follower ratio issue. There are many uses for Twitter. Some are to gather information, some are to spread information and some are to connect; all are legitimate and I follow a few accounts that don’t follow anybody, because those accounts are strictly to broadcast information and I want that information.

  • January 9, 2009

    This one is entertaining and hilarious!

    Unfortunately I can relate to a few of them, although I don’t do it often.

    After all, I just can’t resist tweeting that I was watching two movies and going no where during new year… ;)

  • January 9, 2009

    While I do relate to some of your points of “Twittiquette,” especially TwitterSpammers and TwitterSmarmySales, I recoil at Twitter advice posts that create too many rules for people about what they shouldn’t tweet. I especially disagree with point number one about TwitterNarcissists and think your criticism is kinda harsh. I LIKE reading personal details about the people I follow. I enjoy a sense of shared humanity when I learn that someone is making chili for dinner, or having computer trouble, or playing pool with a friend. If all we are to each other is “valuable content” I think that’s one-dimensional and boring. I’m on Twitter to connect with human beings, not news feeds.

  • January 9, 2009

    Great post. #1 is a bit ironic considering Twitter asks “What are you doing?” at any given moment. I agree with Mike: Twitter has grown into a valuable tool in which “what are you doing?” messages are obsolete. I follow people who put value into my Twitter feed and who can engage in valuable discussion (in the things that interest me). I unfollow people who tell me what they’re doing at any given moment of the day.

  • January 9, 2009

    Add to this list the TwitterLiveTweeter – the person who goes to conferences/speeches/press conferences and thinks everyone wants a 50-tweet synopsis of what the speaker said.

  • January 9, 2009

    Hey Jenny,

    Phew! I’ll bet it felt good to get THAT out of your system! Seriously, you need to try and not hold things in so much. It’s bad for your health. ;-)

    This is the 3rd set of Twitter-quite rules I’ve seen in three days and by far it is the most comprehensive. I have a sneaky suspicion that the people that this applies to most will probably never read it, or if they do will think it surely can’t be talking about them.

    Always nice to read your stuff. Good job.

    George

  • January 9, 2009

    Thanks everyone!

    And if you’ve decided to follow me, please be patient—I will respond, but my inbox is flooding at the moment. :-)

    Ilaria, I go through phases too, so I know what you’re talking about. Depends on my workload, which has been pretty heavy these days (thankfully).

    Gera, I agree. I’m going to bet that everyone has committed one of these Twitter faux pas at least once. But I think it’s the continuing pattern of Twittiquette social gaffes that drives people bonkers.

  • January 9, 2009

    Jenny,

    There have been many posts written about the same topic however I really enjoyed reading this one. Great info, well written, just my cup of tea.

    I unfollowed someone yesterday because they just weren’t bringing any value and I didn’t enjoy thier content. They got mad that I unfollowed but hopefully they will learn how to better utilize twitter and other social media platforms.

    Thanks for sharing.

  • January 9, 2009

    This made me laugh and made me blush at least once. I believe I am guilty of #1 on occasion and #5 from time to time. In my defense, I do like to read random “what I’m doing” tweets and facebook updates as I work alone and they feel like office chit-chat to me. I love it when someone tweets something like “why do people walk away from copy machine leaving it jammed and telling no one?”

    As for the linkage thing. As long as the link title gives an idea of what the link is about I sometimes won’t extrapolate. I’ll just say it was interesting or made me laugh.

    I recently started DM’ing new followers when people started to do it to me and I think it’s a nice thing to do. But I write them all myself and they are only one or two sentences unless their website or profile gets me going.

    Now here’s my twitter pet peeve…actually it’s a social media pet peeve and I’m sure many of you do it. I hate it when people use an app that updates all of their SM sites with the same exact post. Seems like it lacks personality. I hand write, uh type, all of my status updates on twitter, facebook and plurk. I don’t always update them with the same stuff, because I have different types of followers/friends/buddies at each place. I’m also having different conversations. I’ve been seeing tons of @replies on Facebook that are responses to conversations going on at Twitter, that I don’t see on Facebook. It’s like status spam.

  • January 9, 2009

    This is a great list. I have to watch it or I become the Twitter JabberJaw. :-)

  • January 9, 2009

    #7: I’m not that interesting? Well I think I might go cry now…lol!

    Great post. ;)

  • January 9, 2009

    Jenny–This was a true joy to read. You are also a true joy to follow. I’m happy to tell everyone here that you’ve never once ticked me off, even when you had the little issue with your status update thingamajig. I agree with everything you have here. I don’t think you left anything out. The Twitter Spammers bug me the most. But the remedy is easy: un-follow.

    It’s nice to see you guest posting again.

  • January 9, 2009

    Great list. Being newer-ish to Twitter it is great to be able to read and make sure I don’t fall into newbie faux paux. Yet When I read your tips they are SO common sense…. it’s about building relationships, sharing, and being a real human being. Too bad some of the people-profiles you mention above miss that. I recently had a #7 and just totally gave up on it, unfollowed her. I don’t care HOW popular you are, I really don’t want to see 20+ tweets from someone a day.

  • January 9, 2009
    Slimfender
    @slimfender

    I agree with most of these, except for #1. Within the group of followers I have found myself, we often enjoy knowing who is having what for dinner, or what song they’re listening to, or what they’re doing around town (excellent when linked with BrightKite). I don’t think it’s narcissism when you’re all doing it and you’re all interested.
    I think however, many people who don’t use twitter in that way come into contact with one or two followers who do, and it puts them off.
    You have to understand that people use twitter in different ways for different reasons and I think that’s what helps build a diverse networking community. Some people use it to update close friends and family on what’s going on in their life, and some use it to get their name out there and professionally market themselves. I don’t see harm in either one when done tactfully, and what type of follower someone is I guess is in the eyes of another tweep.
    After reading this article Jenny, I’m not exactly sure what you use twitter for at all… you may have ruled everyone out. How would you categorize your tweets?

  • January 9, 2009

    I’m guilty of the first point, I agree with ShriNagesh, sometimes I just want to tell my followers on twitter what I’m doing in response to what they are doing. I have to remember facebook is the platform for that because those are the friends I have in real life. Many Twitter followers are just getting to know me therefore may not care as much what I’m doing at any particular moment.

  • January 9, 2009

    Great post and observation of twitter psychology . Don’t know really where I would fit in, and even if I do fit in one of the above caracters does not mean (you are bad twitter). According to your twitter profiling if you land in one of those characteristics you should not use Twitter?

    Again, great post loved to read it. I bet many people would improve their tweeting.

  • January 9, 2009

    Yes, yes and YES to #6. Those automatic replies absolutely drive me nuts, and I’m going to start automatically UNsubscribing from anyone who sends them!

  • January 9, 2009

    There is always the one where you offer something free when other people are trying to get paid the same thing. I did this and it really angered quite a few people .

  • January 9, 2009

    I’m sure I’ve been annoying a time or two, but as you said, it’s a pattern of behavior.

    I’ll add that I’ve unfollowed people who never, ever responded to my replies to their tweets (over the course of several weeks, replies directly answering questions or commenting on something we had in common, not creepy ones!). I figured if they weren’t interested in me, I wasn’t that interested in them.

  • January 9, 2009

    I’m one of those that gets a bit annoyed with a DM whenever I follow someone — especially when it’s an auto reply. It does absolutely nothing to enhance a conversation, and tell me nothing other than you now how to sent up an auto reply.

    If a DM is personal, I’m not quite so annoyed. . . .

  • January 9, 2009

    Jenny,

    As a beginner, I find your post is very helpful. It is so easy to copy what others or doing.

    Your post helps me send more meaningful tweets that Entertain, Enlighten, or Educate.

    I look forward to following you.

  • January 9, 2009

    Great post – the only thing I disagree with is #2 – following someone on Twitter expresses an interest in that person – it is not saying they have anything of interest to offer in return. Many of the relationships in Twitter are not mutual which is why I don’t autofollow everyone who follows me.

  • January 9, 2009

    It is a relief to read this post as I was starting to believe I just did not get the Twitter thang. I often found myself reading tweets and thinking “who cares!” Whew. So glad I am not alone on this. BTW. Did not send a thank you to people who have followed me– will try and make it a babit. Thanks. Great post.

  • January 9, 2009

    It’s been said that there’s no wrong way to use Twitter, but I think automatic DMs go against the spirit of the community. Most of the time, I’m not even against what they have to say in an automatic DM, it’s just the fact that it’s automated and impersonal that really annoys me. Take two seconds out of your day to write me a personal DM if you’re so intent on welcoming me as a new follower, and I’ll be 1000 times more receptive to what you have to say.

  • January 9, 2009

    When you block someone do they know you blocked them? I’m really surprised how many are following me and I just keep thinking “and why?” but I haven’t blocked them because I thought it to be rather rude…

  • January 9, 2009

    Twitter Fails – love it … great info … I once received something like 57 messages announcing a new blog post … probably a tweet later bot bug or something, but freaking annoying. Or how about this guy >> _bob_proctor_ >> a spammer who got shut down immediately, then just a few minutes later opens >> bob__proctor_ >> and does the same spam thing only to get shut down again … LOL!!!

  • January 9, 2009

    I know I was a culprit of some of these things when I started with twitter. It’s all a learning process and I tend to think that most people who fall into these things are still getting used to things.

    I must say though I am getting annoyed with “twittermatic” people!

  • January 9, 2009

    Great post! I really enjoyed reading about the things that also drive me nuts put into words…
    & one of my all time favorite lines, “they simply don’t know what they don’t know”!
    Nice tick off tips! =)

  • January 9, 2009

    Nice post,
    What I do, do when followed, is browse their stream, if there is a link to a website I look at that to to see what it is that they do and get an idea of their interests after that, I send a dm with their name (if avail) and some sort of statement that relates to what it is that they do, what I found funny etc. as to me I genuinely want to know who they are and will take the time to know them.

    I do like a little levity, personal this is me or interesting post now and again within the stream, real people doing real things as we are a sum of our parts right? (just not a all day long event status please) I am guilty of tweeting a recipe or if going off for a while, off to the gym statement.

    Now the annoying thing is like mentioned above, the follow request to get you to follow them then they immediatly unsubscribe. (they think its a number building technique)

    The new follower with 1000 people they are following and one post in stream written 2 months ago and that is a link to a squeeze page.

    The chest thumper – here’s me here, look at me there I’m meeting with, all day long tweets I get it your famous. Hey U famous person, here I am, social marketing (picture of me at the grocery store)

    How about the I’m up to a kabillion followers now – quality vs quantity – notch in the belt’ers.

    Other than that, I have meet some great people on twitter, have went to tweetups and learned some interesting things with the peeps in the stream even the chest thumpers, belt notchers and follow counters.

  • January 9, 2009

    I commented on this article earlier, but now the comment is gone? Did it go to /dev/null or were I too honest? :)

  • January 9, 2009

    Ok – great article about what not to do on Twitter – I’ve read hundreds of these as Twitter is evolving. However, it would be nice to read more “how to” “correct way to use Twitter” and “I’m no expert, but here is what has worked for me” articles. I don’t think any of use hold a PhD in Twitterology – but I do think most of us are aware of how we perceive things should work. And I do think a lot of us enter the Twitterdom completely clueless of how to use it. I know some people that I talked into giving it a try and were so scared off by “how to do it correctly right out of the shoot” that they gave up. Let’s not make it exclusive to these poor Twitter wanna-bees.

  • January 9, 2009

    Thanks for this great list #1, #4 & #7 – annoy me to death – I always roll my eyes when people tell me what they are doing and it is totally boring. I am hoping I did not break many of these rules, I am still shocked people follow me on twitter or even read my blog. I hope all the “offenders” get a chance to read this.

  • January 9, 2009

    I hope I do not annoy any one, I do make posts to get some stress off your back with a joke or something funny… Is this a bad thing to do on Twitter?

    Gary Keating

  • January 9, 2009

    I think sometimes those of us using twitter in a business capacity forget that it was not orginally created for that purpose. Orginally Twitter was created as a place to keep in touch with friends and family – the real purpose of Twitter. And some people do choose to use it for that reason, which is perfectly ok! So don’t be mad a someone who posts things like my dog is great today! We also have to realize that the question: “What are you doing?” can be confusing to a newbie, so why not be a twitter mentor and help them along?

    I was talking (yes we were actually on the phone!) with @unmarketing today and he and I both agree that business users of twitter better be prepared for some changes down the line and they won’t be free!

  • January 9, 2009

    @JennyCromie — Great list. I have to make sure I’m not committing any of these cardinal Twitter sins.

    Speaking of which, how about those Tweeps that broadcast and “welcome” all their new followers? I totally love to hear about “followable” Twitters if it’s warranted, but not about every Tom, Dick and Tweetable Harry you’re following. :)

  • January 9, 2009

    Thanks for the fresh take on “bad” twitter types! I unfollow people when they take up my whole screen. I really try not to make more than three tweets in a row. A little conservative, probably, but better than annoying people!

  • January 9, 2009

    I’m proud to be a No. 5!

    So are some fairly important figures here – Guy Kawasaki, for one.

    Not everyone on Twitter uses the same resources and these dumb links have brought me to information I would not have otherwise.

    Guess you must be a know-it-all so these links are redundant in your tiny universe of self-importance.

    jim

  • January 9, 2009

    Glad to see TwitterDumbLinker mentioned. Although if someone just posted “Haha! Check this out!” next to the URL it’d be a miracle. Most of the TwitterDumbLinkers I follow tend to just post URLs without any supporting information. Which I guess makes them TwitterLinkDumpers.

  • January 9, 2009

    @Jim Lane: The problem isn’t with people who post links to interesting stuff. The problem is with people who post links without telling us what the hell they’re linking to and/or why it’s interesting.

    Both you and Guy Kawasaki post contextual information to support the links you give your Tweeps, so you’re doing the right thing. What Darren’s talking about are those people who just post URLs without any indication as to what one can expect to find if they click on it.

  • January 9, 2009

    I agree with most of these as well, though I think that some of these rules change or don’t even apply depending on the context of who you are and what sorts of people follow you (and who follow you). I’m a foodblogger, so most of my tweets are about food, specifically, what I eat. Sure that might sound boring to you and you don’t care about what I had for dinner, but you’d be surprised about just how many people actually do care and who are genuinely excited to hear about what I’m eating or cooking. I’m not kidding! Most of the people who follow me (and who I follow) are other food related people, so it’s expected that we will tweet about this kind of stuff. Perhaps it’s boring nonsense to people who are only interested in internet marketing, SEO, or business, but you gotta realize that there are many different types of people using Twitter with billions of different interests between them, and reasons for what they use the service. If I stopped tweeting about what I had for dinner, I would actually lose followers, not gain more. It’s really a matter of context and knowing who your audience.

  • January 9, 2009

    It’s funny to see how people use Twitter. I can see each type of Twitter user I have or had once on my list represted in the list. I tend to cull the annoying ones pretty quickly as soon as they get out of hand.

    Really good post. I enjoyed the read.

  • January 9, 2009

    How about the twitter stalkers? I have a guy who DM’s me all the time about how hot I am though I don’t respond. He is having a one-way flirt fest!

    Great article. I’m still kinda new and am learning!

  • January 9, 2009

    I especially hate #4. That’s an instant unfollow.

  • January 9, 2009

    Darren – Excellent post and I trust you would not be surprised that I have observed and ran into ever type of person that you profiled here. Hey, I once sent a tweet to Timothy Ferris saying something like “You have 35,000 followers and you aren’t following anyone, what does that mean?” Needless to say I didn’t get a reply, but I wasn’t expecting one. I give Timothy a pass because he wrote such a great book and I have learned so much from that guy.

    My vote for worst members of Twitterville is the spammers and I think that the best way to handle that is to block those who are here just to spam and not to add value. There is nothing wrong with sending links or making reference to something that will add value that you believe in; however, there is a big difference between that and random spamming.

    Well I better go and tweet to everyone that I just left a comment on “Darren Rowse blog” before I head to Starbucks for a coffee.

    James

    PS – I will Tweet you when I get to Starbucks!

  • January 9, 2009

    You can’t blame people for #3…. some people are just attractive personalities and garner tons of followers….

  • January 9, 2009

    This should be “required reading” posted in the Twitter Terms of Service agreement that you have to accept when creating a new account.

  • January 9, 2009

    Love this post!! Especially as someone new to Twitter. I think you might have forgotten one, though, but maybe this is just annoying to me: People who are concerned and overly excited about reaching 200, 800, or 1000 followers. I don’t want people to follow me just because they are a number. I want them to follow me because I’m interesting.

    I also don’t follow everyone that follows me – especially if they say they are a company or have nothing in their little profile area.

    Thanks for this post :) Very useful!

  • January 9, 2009

    Wow—thanks for all the feedback about my post!

    To clarify, I don’t think there is a right or wrong way to use Twitter. And everyone uses Twitter for different reasons.

    But there are some general things that seem to really tick Twitter users off, and from what I’ve observed, many are covered in the above list. Although reading through the comments here made me realize that I failed to mention a few. ;-)

    I’ll add another one to the list that I failed to mention above: TwitterRudeniks. People who hurl insults while Tweeting. Fortunately, I haven’t encountered too many of these in the Twitterverse.

  • January 9, 2009

    I enjoyed the post and don’t think I fit into any of these groups, some may think or say otherwise which is of course their perogotive. Many people I believe type shorter url’s not in an effort to disquise them but in the anticipation of people RT them and adding a bit of their own perhaps? Some as you mentioned are indeed links to questionable subject matter however, Ilook at the “name” prior to doing that. It’s not really cost effective from a “How much time to you waste standpoint” But it’s the price your willing to pay in encouragement or support of your followers and in your appreciation for their offerings. I expect that these sort of posts will continue to draw attention as long as Twitter remains around as we all have both opinions as to how it should be or how we think it all should be . That’s part of the beauty of it isn’t it?

    cheers,

    Robert “Butch” Greenawalt
    MRHYPERPCS

  • January 9, 2009
    Johan Lont
    @jclont

    Most commenters seem to agree with you. I don’t.
    For example, if someone posts what they do at every moment throughout the day, like a TwitterNarcissist, what’s wrong with that? No one is forced to follow you, are they?
    If a real estate company or another TwitterSpammer wants to follow me, I don’t care. If they are interested in what I say, it’s nice. If not, it is stupid of them to follow me, but it doesn’t harm me.

    I think Twitter is great. I’m addicted. I found a lot of interesting people talking about interesting things and I follow about 20 of them. I can also vent my own joys and frustrations, and at the same time, let my brother @ytzen know what I’m doing.
    I’m not interested in what the Twitterverse thinks of me, and no one has yet explained to me why I should. (Actually, I would really appreciate a blog post that can explain that to me).

  • January 9, 2009

    I was trying to follow Jennie Crombie on Twitter and it says she blocked me from following her. What did I do? I have never even spoken to her before lol. I know I don’t do most of the stuff mentioned in this post. I am pretty respectful on Twitter.

  • January 9, 2009

    Unfortunately, I have to break 4 for the best results. I run a Tweetup group, and for the first meetup, I was announcing (in a different way) that we had a tweetup on a certain date and time. We had huge numbers! I did similar the second time… BIGGER NUMBERS! I had enough people in the meetup.com meetup group, and thought that I would no longer have to tweet a lot because they’d get it in their e-mails… smaller numbers. Wrote it off as a one time thing. Next tweetup… even smaller numbers. Oh god! I’m failing because I’m not reminding people!

    There are these people who just DON’T read old tweets. My tweetup group has about 330 followers, and only 100 members in the meetup.com group. 230 people are depending solely on chance seeing my message. Should I direct message them all indicating a tweetup is coming? Should I direct message just the people who joined the Meetup? Or, should I intersperse at different times of the day a message that a Tweetup is on the way, which worked before?

    By the numbers: First meetup, 21 yes, 17 showed. Second, 27 yes 7 maybe, 20 showed. Then I stopped overtweeting as I feared I’d be annoying. 15 yes, 2 maybe, 9 showed. 4 yes, two showed (granted this one was a bad time). Tweeted the “Holiday Party” for a while, 12 yes, 7 maybe, 7 showed.

    I think there are exceptions to point 4. Tweetup groups are one of them. People don’t go and hit the “next” page at the bottom, necessarily. Or their Twitter client only shows the last 20 tweets, and doesn’t have a way to grab more.

    Our next tweetup, which I’m tweeting once a day (at various times)? already 12 yes and 1 maybe, and it’s well over a week away. Usually most RSVPs come in on the last day. Overtweet, it’s good for your group.

    P.S. it seems the “stock twits” that @howardlindzon (a twitterjabberjaw himself) are also twitterjabberjaws. I followed @upsidetrader because he kept gushing about this guy, and bam, 5 tweets in a row. Not like Howard’s 15 in a row, though.

    Sidespam: @AmazonSteals is running a Gift Card Giveaway! Details in the link at @AmazonSteals Bio.

  • January 9, 2009

    I don’t mean to spam people either and am not trying to sell anything yet I do participate on #journchat on Monday nights. We use tweetchat so that we can follow the journchat convo but I know it’s also posting to all my followers, too. Some of them like it and for some it’s just noise. I love the #journchat conversations so often get very chatty in there sharing best practices and resources and then realize that all of the chatter amounted to over 20 tweets back to back. I’m thinking of warning everyone on Monday nights that I participate in #journchat and recommend that they Twitter Snooze me, http://twittersnooze.com/ for the night. I’m going to give it a try this coming Monday and see if it might help.

    Great post! You’re right on target with the most annoying behavior on Twitter!

  • January 9, 2009

    Jenny,

    Guilty as charged on “read my post… please read my post… don’t forget to read my post.”

    I read somewhere (perhaps, on this blog?) that you’re supposed to remind your followers about 3 times per day to click to your current blog post, since most tweeters aren’t online all the time. Those reminders help you catch a whole different crop of readers every time.

    So I’m getting conflicting advice. But I’ll survive.

    People who get angry and chew you out for un-following them? That’s sad. Those people need to find a new hobby.

    I heard the other day that we spend far too much energy creating superficial relationships with 500 (or 5,000, or 50,000) people instead of nurturing meaningful relationships with a few. Food for thought.

    Laura Christianson
    Co-Founder, http://HeBlogsSheBlogs.com
    http://twitter.com/heblogssheblogs

  • January 9, 2009

    I thought the whole point of Twitter is that people use it in ways that suit them, surely? That means everyone will be different.

    I’m sure I recall reading “The Twitter has no rules” thing somewhere. And if one doesn’t like what a follower does, doesn’t one simply un-follow them or block them in the case of spammers? It’s a lot quicker than complaining about them. That being the case where’s the problem? I like people tweeting about their posts… and since I am only able to be on Twitter at certain times I have no problem with them tweeting them more than once. It’s one of the ways i find new blogs. And I’d really rather not go through 250 tweets when I do log on. This post was RT’d at three times, does that count?

    I have met some great people on Twitter, whom I imagine follow me because they are interested in what I say, do and/or think. Some tweet marketing stuff, some DMs most don’t, but if it gets on my nerves I can always unfollow. Never met any Rudeniks though.

  • January 9, 2009

    I simply love it. Great post. I like the boldness you have to actually tell the chatty Cathie’s of Twitter to shut up…I am inspired..totally.

  • January 9, 2009

    Impressive list, interesting… I cover some of these points in an ebook I’m writing about blogging ethics. I feel ya, I don’t like those fixed auto responses. For example, Let’s chat later! Yeah right! Anyhow, I laughed a few times as I was reading this post. :)

  • January 9, 2009

    Interesting post. I’ve seen all of these in the few weeks I’ve been sorta active on Twitter. I don’t think I’ve fallen into any of these. As others have said, many people use Twitter for different things. And how you use Twitter will determine if any or all of these type of behaviors are annoying or not. If someone is annoying to me, then I can always unfollow and/or block them.

    Remember, people, Twitter is a social network, and as such will always be a microcosm of life. If everyone was the same, life and this world would be b-o-r-i-n-g!!!

  • January 9, 2009

    Hey Tom

    Excellent point bro! :)

  • January 9, 2009
    Doug

    So, this pretty much describes everyone on Twitter. What constitutes a good Twitterer?

  • January 9, 2009

    Love the post, got a good smile from it and thank the Twitter Gods I haven’t violated the delicate balance of the amazing Twitterverse. :) hmmm maybe… next we should have the 10 commandments of Twitter… 1. “Thou shalt have fun” 2. “Thou shalt not spam” or you will receive a tweetfork in the eye. Feel free to continue the commandments. #twittermandments?

  • January 9, 2009

    I must say… this post NEEDS to be read by everybody on Twitter.

  • January 9, 2009

    Hello @JennyCromie!

    Yes, is a good beginning of a social lexika of to using twitter!
    But please translate it in our other 800 languages!

    to give the stupid peoples a chance to make it better is not so a great problem of concurences with the proffessionals or the problem of the communications problems and so destroy the verry expensiv time!!!

    Its a chance for ol!
    recession?
    its a good chance to make new things. Its a win for speculants and for *glücksritter* or a good marked for the konkurs industry and small budget immobily investors!!!

    Hello writers: makes a world wide syndicate of writers/blogers and don’t write for a gage under US$25,- for 250words!
    If I’m will living with this money – if I write in german language and (for me) interest stuff – so this its not a live of a king at france!

    Better U write for free as U makes dumping in the markets!!!

    I’ll lerning by doing – please give me a chance.
    May be a Tax Director will give me some from the potential Tax-Sum – - as a investment – so he don’t pay to the state of him.
    I brought a sponsor – without investigations/manipulations in/of my working, doing and speaking of the truth of my live!!!

    And befor some dreams: I brought only from 10 globel trusts, 200 great, 1000 medium or 25′000 little companies – other way: 300′000 self made man or so a mix of there group – -
    only a part of the potential tax-pay – give not all to your state – give some me!

    We have on Africa nearly 40′000′000 specialists and this peoples must work in stores and makes some better streets but works not in his own proffession – thats the stupid world on africa!
    Or african engeneers works in citchen of restaurants in europe or usa – thats crazy!

    If we hold the soldiers of Somalia to work to other places we don’t have war in somalia!!

    good look and work with your potential-tax-pay!
    anselm.

  • January 9, 2009

    TwitterDigMeDude

    This is actually an Egoistical maniac who thinks he commands the world. The word ” Follower” excites his insecure self and stokes his ego every time someone ” Follows” him. This a taker not a giver, he has serious issues with an inflated EGO. Does he really think he can make me follow his own imbecile self? Does he ever steps out and sees the sun? How much life has this poor soul seen in his time?

    On twitter each slot is prized. If you follow a Celeb type ego tripper, you wasted one slot. Follow those who follow you, and don’t think for a minute the word ” follower” mean anything more than someone who chose you over another idiot.

  • January 10, 2009

    Now we have our own Emily Post for Twitter. Yay!
    It would help new Twitters to know this post exists, and for it to grow to cover different situations emerge. Maybe it should live on in a Twitter ReadMe doc, or category of its own. Thanks!

  • January 10, 2009

    What an awesome article. I very very heartily agree. I don’t know which one is worse the twitter hog, that writes pages and pages of meaningless tweets or the person who says things like just ate supper or just went to the bathroom. Who wants to know that kind of info?

    As far as Twitter spammers go, I unfollow them as soon as I realize that is all they are doing.

    And yes, my biggest pet peeve is people not following me back. One way is not a relationship. I eventually unfollow those people unless they have something really interesting to say on a regular basis.

  • January 10, 2009

    sigh, yes, thanks

  • January 10, 2009

    Fantastic post. When I first joined the Twitter community I was followed by #7- a JabberJaw. At the time, I was honored that someone with 4-digit following would follow lil’ ol’ me….I was barely 2 hours old!

    Then the honored turned to horror when my home page was filled with his hideous icon (he changed it) and sarcastic tweets about US election and mostly anyone. Geez, I use sarcasm too but when everything out of your mouth er tweet is sarcastic and I don’t know you….you’re not my kind of tweeple. Next Action–>I unfollowed after 5 days of pain. When new to Twitter, sorting this kind of thing out is an interesting yet growth-filled experience….

  • January 10, 2009
    Stadol
    @stadol

    I was a “dumb linker” myself yesterday, and not one of my followers could have given one whit about what I thought about that (admittedly funny!) link. That’ll learn me, I guess.

    However, I do have to agree with quite a few of the posters who like the personal, small updates, even if they are a bit mundane.

    I kept track of a friend of mine that was in and out of the hospital all week through Tweets (from her relatives). When she got back on her feet, she was very appreciative of all the silly little things that we Tweeted to her.

    I could have sent her a big long blog post, even made a YouTube video, but just saying “Hey, hope everything is doing ok?” meant the most. Yay for Twitter.

  • January 11, 2009

    Anyone who has not done any of these mistakes? Not me!
    Great post, thumbs up!

    http://ovylord.wordpress.com/

  • January 11, 2009

    Great Article, Jenny, Thank you for writing and sharing all of this with all of us! :)

    YES! I think we have seen, been “ticked off” by and Unfollowed about all of the Types you mentioned in your article!

    We hope that your article will help improve the Twitterverse for All of Us! :)

    Thank you again, Jenny, for writing and sharing all of this with all of us! :)

    and …

    Everyone Have a Great rest of your weekend! :)

  • January 12, 2009

    This is a wonderful article and I hope all tweeters read this.

    Twitter can be used for some wonderful things but at the same time the spammers can make some users stop using the site.

    I have gotten to the point that I don’t click any link in the DM that starts with “Thanks for following” or anything that reads like it.

    Thank you for the wonderful article and I will be sending a tweet about it so hopefully others will read it and make use of it.

  • January 12, 2009

    I agree with every point and would like to add one more: Who has been telling new peeps that it’s OK to post multiple “Thx 4 following” messages in their live tweetstream (i.e., timeline)? It drives me crazy and many of these Why I Won’t Follow U on Twitter articles don’t mention it.

    When somebody is kind enough to follow you, every single tweet (i.e., microblog post) in YOUR timeline gets posted in THEIR timeline. If you insist on clogging up your timeline with a barrage of “@name, @name, @name thanks so much for following” tweets– even if you wait until you think everybody’s sleeping–I will unfollow you (or not follow you to begin with) in a heartbeat.

    I spent almost 4 hours today sending personal direct messages (DMs) to every new follower I chose to follow back. I used to send those autoresponder messages mentioned in the article until I realized how much time I was spending UNfollowing spambots. It usually doesn’t take so long as it did today, but I fell behind ’cause I moved recently. I even DMed a few people to explain why I wouldn’t follow them and to suggest ways they could build their networks, because, like the author says, many new peeps just don’t know any better.

    I take the time to do this because, to me, Twitter is about building relationships more than anything and trying to reciprocate in my own small way all the great information the people I follow freely share with me. Admittedly, many are ultimately trying to sell their products. I am too. Nevertheless, I have learned more from these peeps (like @problogger) about internet marketing, SEO, blogging, Twitter, social media, social networking, entrepreneurship, current events, cool Web sites, cool blogs, and how to do just about anything than from any other source out there! And because I am so grateful to these hundreds of people, some of whom I will never meet face to face, I try really hard to respond in kind and offer something of value every day.

    I’m sorry if I’m sounding like a Twitter nazi. Really, people are welcome to do as they please; it’s a free twitterverse. I’m just sharing what I do and why. I’m a huge Twitter fan and want others to experience all that it has to offer.

    Thanks again for a great article. I refer newbies to TwiTip.com ALL the time. Darren is someone I’ve been following on Twitter almost since Day 1; he could be the poster child for providing value in the social media stream.

    Phoebe

    PS Not that he cares, but I don’t follow Tim Ferriss anymore, not since he quit following everybody. I see Twitter as a relationship-building tool, just like any other social medium. Unless your business is about providing information (think @Valleywag or @mashable), nobody is that important to have a 1-way conversation on Twitter. And now that I’ve read Penelope’s article, I feel even more justified in my decision: http://blog.penelopetrunk.com/2009/01/08/5-time-management-tricks-i-learned-from-years-of-hating-tim-ferriss/ (Did he really push people out of the box to win a kickboxing championship? How tacky is that?!)

  • January 13, 2009

    Great list but I don’t recognise myself in there (for the reason I’m about to describe) how about another section for twitterphobes? I’ve been signed up for ages and decided to give it another go a few days ago. Considering I spend all day designing and building websites using twitter just shouldn’t be beyond me…it seems it is!

  • January 13, 2009

    LOL This is the funniest and most descriptive list of Twitter nuisances I have ever seen! My laughing woke my hubby up from a deep sleep when I read “Twitterbotty” and “TwitterDumbLinker.” Jenny you have a great sense of humor!

    I got one for you. How about “LilliputianVocabularySoIHaveToCussLikeADork.” You only have 140 characters…why waste them on lame curse words. Spare us from your lack of a grasp of the English language.

    blessings,
    Wendy

  • January 18, 2009

    As a relative Twitter newbie, this article was very helpful and timely. Preceded by Darren’s article on Twitter birds, these two have definitely got me looking for a different bird to be.
    Icarus I don’t want to be. So let me see … being a SeniorTweet, I looked to Wikipedia for a long-lived bird. Came up with a Buffon’s Macaw – large and long-lived- sounds good – but risky. Just add another “o” and you have a “buffoon” macaw. We’ll see …

  • January 20, 2009
  • January 21, 2009

    You know I haven’t joined Twitter yet…. I know….. I know….. I’ve been putting it off for too long. After reading a couple of your blogs, I’m on my way right now to join. Thank you so much for your posts. I really appreciate it. It’s good to find out these things before I join a new network.
    Clara

  • January 26, 2009

    I have a few tips on my website on how to avoid Twitter scum. I think the important thing is to just be a person. It’s OK to promote things, but don’t ONLY promote things. Don’t be a spammer. Care about the people you connect with on Twitter, but don’t stalk them.

  • March 11, 2009

    Nice post.
    Find a way to make reading this a requirement for all Twitter users.
    The Twitterverse will thank you. I thank you.
    Have a good day.

  • March 11, 2009

    No kidding, what is up with the “E-Book” spammers?

  • March 11, 2009

    My post need editing and I lost it. sorry.

  • March 21, 2009

    Whether or not I agree with every point, I certainly enjoyed this article. I am trying to get the grasp of different twitter styles. I battle with “all @replies” or just the ones I am following. Some people tweet alot, and I don’t want all their traffic, while others don’t tweet so much, and I want to hear it all. Maybe a per-followee override would be nice!

    I just hate those bots! I searched for tweets based on MythTV, and saw too many “MythTV recorded CSI….MythTV recorded Law and Order…MythTV” Pleeeeeease! Enough already! I don’t need this!!!!

    Happy tweeting!

  • April 18, 2009

    I love the post! Made me laugh and great tips.

    Are you saying cemeteries on Twitter doesn’t work? :)

  • April 18, 2009

    I really enjoyed this article. I’m just now getting my feet wet with twitter and have encounter many of the examples that you stated above and yes, it is very annoying!

    Great advice for beginners and veterans! I’m looking to build good relationships on Twitter as welll and it’s always good to read etiquette postings like this one to reinforce the proper way to have fun with Twitter!

    Thank you for the post.

  • April 18, 2009

    I’m pretty new to Twitter and a part time mobile user (text). Tweets that just have links do me no good since I don’t have an iphone or one that even has internet service. I agree with some points, I don’t want to be spammed by bots but I am interested in what people are doing, even if it’s something mundane. I’m certainly not going in to it worrying if I am appeasing my followers. If someone likes what’s I’m Tweeting about, great! If not, I figure they can unfollow. Different people have different tastes. I’m not saying people should throw common sense net etiquette (spamming, botting, etc) out the window but I think the reigns are getting a little too tight. Great article though!

  • April 18, 2009

    I blogged this morning with some statistics regarding item 3 above, which I think has really come to a head with the celebrity beauty contestants racing to a million followers:

    http://banjoboyo.blogspot.com/

    Jim

  • April 19, 2009

    The reason your article is so useful is the lack of real FAQ out there about Twittering. I’ve still not learned how to effectively use the RT or retweet command and its intended syntax, yet I use this very heavily for someone with “less than a month in the saddle” of twittering. Since I carry a number of interests, I’ve carried the initiative of following those who appear interesting and have blocked only one user for being a true dweeb. Although busy, I’m also noticing less and less of FailWhale (the formerly ubiquitous screen of birds netting a poor whale with the message that Twitter is experiencing too many tweets) as I can tell the service is addressing their growing pains now.

  • June 21, 2009

    Hilarity and spot on. lol. Seems to me that many of these types didn’t show up until late last year. I think last month there was an unfollow a certain celebrity campaign, but I don’t think it put a dent into his followers. Great post.

  • June 21, 2009

    I have to tell you, I hate these lists. Not just about twitter but what not to do at the gym, what not to do on public transportation, what not to…I just find them bossy and annoying. I am sure there are some annoying people out there that do some of these things but who are we to tell them. Let them figure it out. And guess what, maybe it is working for them when it wouldn’t work for anyone else.

    Now here’s the upside. In general I enjoy your posts. So don’t let this bother you. It is just a pet peeve. Seriously just read an article of what not to do at the gym and one was “Don’t sweat too much.” That is the kind of thing that can make my head explode.

  • October 17, 2009

    When I started using twitter, I got my account banned within a few days. I was following the wrong advice from someone who did not know too much about twitter herself. I even managed to get my sister upset. Your post is very helpful.

  • January 15, 2010

    I am a pretty bad twitter spammer from time to time. Just don’t have the time to add a lot of content.

  • March 23, 2010

    Thank you for the wonderful tips :)

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