10 Bad Twitter Practices

Last week I came upon this awesome article thanks to my dear friend Dr. Q. And I couldn’t agree more with almost everything she has to say. For those of you who follow me, you know I’m a pretty heavy Twitter user. I tweet, both live and automated, throughout the day. I have met friends and readers and colleagues on Twitter. I get the latest news on Twitter. I build community on Twitter.

But there are some practices on Twitter that are just highly annoying to everyone. Below I make my own comments on a post by Emily Chand, and she is certainly of my mind in most of these issues.

  1. TrueTwit is exceedingly annoying. I’m just not taking those extra steps to follow you. Not going to happen.
  2. The @replies from Who.Unfollowed.Me saying “@christinerose just unfollowed me” makes me doubly glad I did. How truly pathetic. Honesty. As Emily asks, why would you want to publicly tweet that? It’s just creepy.
  3. Auto DMs. EW! I must delete 50 or more a day. I don’t even read them. I just delete. Delete. Delete. Although I don’t unfollow people who send auto DMs, I know a lot of people who do.
  4. Asking for follow backs aren’t terribly annoying to me, but I do mostly ignore them. If they say something about me or my work that actually shows they know who I am, then I will check out their profile and follow them.
  5. Scheduling redundant posts. Certainly if you’re saying the same thing over and over again every hour, that is highly annoying. However, I do like some recurrent tweets both sending and receiving. I get hundreds of new followers everyday and I’m following nearly 10,000 people, which means I don’t see very many tweets sometimes because the feed is moving so fast (and I have other things to do).  If it’s important, tweet it once a day, every day. Then those who are following lots of people will have a better chance of seeing it. Those who have seen it before can just ignore it. That said, you can’t tweet JUST that everyday. Refer to my four-fold Twitter approach. Twitter is a marketing tool as well as a social network. Every day new people find my blog and benefit by the information herein. Perhaps one of my blog posts will help an emerging author manage their expectations, find that agent, publisher their book, steer clear of a shady publisher, etc. To me, that’s worth some repeated tweets because the bulk of them are not BUY MY BOOK tweets, they are tweets giving information helpful to others.
  6. Posting Tweets to Facebook...I have mixed feelings. If you’re a heavy tweeter; i.e. more than once an hour, then it’s too much for most Facebook users. I don’t personally mind this, but I suppose it could get you hidden on Facebook pretty quickly, especially if you’re using a lot of @replies and #hashtags. Many Facebook users have no idea what those things are.
  7. Indecent Language. Doesn’t bother me personally, but then I have no qualms about cussing. I normally don’t under my @christinerose account because I write for YA. But as @omgrey I do sometimes. When those words are used to insult someone else or are otherwise used in an aggressive, disrespectful manner, then it crosses the line for me.
  8. Insulting other Tweeps. Really? This goes without saying, or at least it should.
  9. #FF & #WW chains. I used to do this, but don’t too much anymore, just because of time constraints. Still, I appreciate when someone mentions me in theirs because I know that the intent behind it is true, and I’m grateful to my readers and followers to helping spread the word about me and my work in any way possible. When I send out #FF and #WW chains, my intent is to help promote those people, too. But as I find I’m glazing over those more and more, perhaps the better practice is to write something more like this: “Author of magnificent, dark, and romantic Gothic Fiction, @leannarenee is well worth a follow #WW (or #FF)” … instead of just a list of Twitter handles.
  10. Buy my book! Buy my book! Buy my book! Agreed. If this is what 50% or more of your tweets are saying, it’s too much. Certainly your followers will want to know that you’ve written a book and where to buy it, but they don’t need that information several times an hour or even once an hour. A couple times a day at most, and that’s if you’re heavily tweeting about other things, participating in conversations, and RTing others. Again, refer to the four-fold approach.

Ultimately Twitter is a social networking community that you must participate in as a person, not solely a marketer. Twitter works best when it points people back to helpful information on your blog, and that’s where they can find out more about you and your books.

Read the original article here: “Cease and desist 10 bad Twitter practices to be stopped immediately

22 Comments Add yours

  1. Billy says:

    very good article. Luckily, I am 10-10 on the non-annoyance level. I agree with all of these

    1. christinerose says:

      Thanks for your input, Billy.

  2. Janet says:

    Really enjoyed your info! Maybe you could give me some blogging tips? http://www.digitaladvantage.org/honestnutrition/ Have a Healthy Weekend!

    1. christinerose says:

      Make a list of everything you’re interested in. Just brainstorm for 10 minutes. Them do the same for your demographic. See where the two overlap.

  3. byronsuggs says:

    Yes, agree here also. The #FF #WW is very time consuming and I haven’t had much time for it lately, so I’m pretty much dropping it. I do try to do a lot of RTs for a handful of people who have interacted with me on a regular basis. Great post, Christine!

    1. christinerose says:

      I almost never do those two anymore. Strangely, I haven’t been tweeting terribly much these days. Must get back into the swing soon.

  4. PW Creighton says:

    Ha… great tips, reminds me of that The Oatmeal graphic about what not to tweet about. Honestly, I’d move the “Buy My Book” no no up to the number 1-2 slot. So tired of it. I’ll support and help if I’m interested, there’s no reason to keep broadcasting it to the same people a gazillion times a day.

    1. christinerose says:

      I’m right there with you. Thanks for your comment!

  5. very good actually, i retweeted for you 🙂

    1. christinerose says:

      YAY! Thanks!

  6. C. Teisberg says:

    “I don’t personally mind this, but I suppose it could get you hidden on Facebook pretty quickly, especially if you’re using a lot of @replies and #hashtags.”

    Just an FYI: Facebook won’t post @ replies when the @ is at the beginning of the tweet. (: It will post them if they have hashtags and @’s anywhere else in the tweet, though. I linked my Twitter with my Facebook, but I’m pretty Tweet-lite.

    1. christinerose says:

      That’s right. They don’t. I had forgotten. I used to be a very heavy Tweeter, and still have things posting all day, every day. I’ve long since stopped linking Twitter and Facebook. Two very different platforms.

  7. Kenja Purkey says:

    Agree, agree, agree! It kills me to see what is obviously a tweet posted on Facebook. I have people asking me what the heck hashtags all the time. To me it screams “LAZY.” Great post!

    1. christinerose says:

      This is a fun site: http://lmgtfy.com/?q=hashtags

      1. Kenja Purkey says:

        Bwahahaha! Awesome!

  8. I wonder if there is a way to roll all of those into one hideous tweet..

    1. christinerose says:

      I’d love to see you try!! That would be some tweet!

  9. The closer I got, white light and smoke poured from the seams of my laptop, the chuckling of hell not far behind.

    1. christinerose says:

      LOL! LOVE IT!

  10. Came here via a RT and it’s refreshing to read this as someone new to Twitter. I have to say that I am more likely to visit a blog if someone else recommends it, than if I read the same person sending the same tweet through the day about their amazing new post. I also notice that the same thing happens with my blog. I also more inclined to read a tweet if there is no link at all, just something intriguing, which makes me then go to the person’s page and see if they have a website. That way I feel like it’s not being forced down my throat.

    1. christinerose says:

      Absolutely! It gives validity if someone else tweets it. Thanks for stopping by!

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