Mistake, a Creative Commons licensed image by robpatrick
On this Twitter Friday I will revisit the topic of how to actually communicate on Twitter without alienating people.
Maybe I’m not a Twitter Netiquette expert but in recent days and weeks I collected 5 mistakes that either I committed myself or were committed by others that really alienate me or other people without being that obvious.
- Don’t complain about your Twitter followers (just unfollow or block those you don’t like). I complained in a blog post about the overt linkification of Twitter and promptly people stopped retweeting my links
- Do not participate in a fight on Twitter. This one guy I followed who once retweeted me was verbally attacking a seemingly female Twitter user and insulting her in a really ugly way. I send him a “keep calm” message but he and some of his followers just went on justifying swearing on Twitter telling me that it’s probably my fault when I can’t take it. His tweet is now deleted but my mood on that day deteriorated and I still feel odd when reading this guy’s tweets. I know I should just unfollow without complaining but I just can’t heed my own advice.
- Do not send “direct messages” to followers you don’t follow back, otherwise they can’t reply to you.
- Do not follow people by automatically matching keywords from their profile using a bot. Probably 100+ of my now 942 followers are chefs, recipe sites and restaurants. (Remember my name is Tad Chef.) It’s obvious that you haven’t even taken a look on my profile. Amazingly enough I get more and more of those “followers”. I think I’ll resort to blocking from now on.
- Do not unfollow 99% of your followers in a day. I checked a one year old most popular search marketers on Twitter list and then checked their follower/followed numbers again with a tool that compares those numbers historically. 2 of the most prominent then and now just unfollowed 10k+ people which matched approx. 99% of the people they followed. Now how bad does that look?
What do you think? Is it just me or are these acceptable? Am I not “man enough”? What other less obvious Twitter netiquette mistakes are there people should know about?