Twitter is simple application that’s easy to learn and has a huge number of apps that can be added to expand its functionality. It’s a great tool to help you market your business and develop your brand. But being on Twitter does require some good habits and manners! You don’t want to come across as being rude on Twitter.
Here are ten bad Twitter habits you should stop doing:
- Leaving Twitter in the middle of a conversation without telling anyone. You wouldn’t walk away from someone in the middle of a conversation without saying something to let the other person know that you’re leaving. You shouldn’t suddenly abandon a conversation on Twitter either.
- Retweeting retweets of your original tweets just to get attention. I actually conducted a small, informal survey about this practice. Most respondents agreed that retweeting someone’s retweet of your original tweet was annoying and only acceptable if it added clarity to a conversation.
- Begging for work through Twitter. Again, this is another behavior you probably wouldn’t do in person. You wouldn’t normally constantly beg acquaintances for work, although you might let them know from time to time that you are looking for work.
- Autoresponse, autofollowing–really auto-anything. No one can be on Twitter 24/7, so some scheduling of tweets is necessary. However, if your Twitter involvement is too automated you may be creating the impression that you aren’t really interested in connecting with others.
- Tweeting personal relationship info. (Twitter break-ups, etc.). Is there anything more tacky than breaking up with your partner over Twitter? Whether you’re a celebrity or just an ordinary person, some things really are better when handled in person.
- Cussing and other foul language. It’s always important to think of other’s sensitivities. While you may be comfortable swearing in front of your close buddies, you probably really don’t know your Twitter community that well. Many find this practice offensive.
- Using a hash tag that doesn’t really fit your tweet. Using the wrong hash tag isn’t a clever way to get a bigger audience for your tweets. Rather it does one of two things–highlights you as a newbie use or worse, as a conversation crashing cad.
- Ignoring @mentions and direct messages. If someone has taken the time to address you directly with either an @mention or a direct message the polite thing to do is to reply. Imagine yourself at a social gathering with someone trying to talk to you.
- Making it all about you. Twitter is a conversation and successful conversations are typically give and take interactions. Too many Twitter users are just there to promote their own interests only, but that really defeats the social purpose of social media.
- Spam. It should go without saying Twitter spam is always a no-no. You can always tell a spammer from the following two characteristics: their tweet has nothing to do with anything I’ve been discussing, and they are following no one and have no followers.
If you’ve developed some of these habits, you may be annoying your Twitter community and leaving a bad impression.