7 Ways You’re Doing it Wrong – on Twitter that is.

twitterI will be the first to admit that I am no expert when it comes to social media. I think it’s hard for anyone to claim that title for themselves. This field is so dynamic that each day we are all learning something new.

I can, however, tell you that I know some people have just got it allwrong. There are tweeps I see each and every day on my feed that are sending tweets that just irk me. So in my passive-aggressive manner I have decided to create a little list of what I just LOVE to see on Twitter everyday (please tell me the sarcasm is easy to sense here):

  1. People telling me how much money I can make if I sign up for their services.
  2. Users that link everything back to their website(s).
  3. People claiming to be experts on engagement, yet never actually talk to anyone else.
  4. Those that call themselves a “guru.” Todd Schnick said it before me, but it never hurts to remind everyone of this faux pas.
  5. An entire tweet stream filled with inspirational quotes rather than ever saying anything original.
  6. Auto DM me as soon as I follow them back – as MarketerMikeE says, Don’t Auto DM me, bro!
  7. People that still have the default cloud background. Okay, now I’m just being petty.

This list could go on & on. Twitter is such a valuable tool for creating and supporting an online presence. If you misuse it in one of the ways listed above, there is a good chance you are eliminating possibilities everyday of creating connections, and engaging in meaningful conversation. And if you’re in this for business reasons, you can be sure you’re turning away potential customers each time you do it.

So, I’ve listed my 7. What would you add to this list?

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8 responses to “7 Ways You’re Doing it Wrong – on Twitter that is.

  1. oh, i didn’t mention #7 on my list. good thought, and it isn’t petty. i think it shows a lack of seriousness about engaging on twitter…

    and thanks for the mention!

    • My #7 can be your #50! But in all seriousness, I agree with your point. If you can’t even take the time to spruce up your page a little, what makes you think people will believe you will commit the time to engage with them? And people leaving bios blank…I should’ve included that, too. It drives me crazy!

      As for the mention, thank you for writing your post! Like I’ve said before, it’s really great and has been in the back of my mind since I read it. Consider this post my way of paying homage to your writing.

  2. Jenn In Flux

    Great list! I always open these types of entries with my fingers over my eyes, certain I’ve made every faux pas. But theya re good reminders of proper Twitter etiquette. Also, thank you for linking to Todd’s equally amusing list.

    • Thank you for the compliment!

      I know I’ve committed at least a handful on Todd’s list, but I think the one’s on mine are major mistakes that one can make on Twitter. I mean, Auto DMs…there’s just no excuse for it. Unless you’re Oprah.

  3. I think #1, #3, #5, and #6 pretty much cover it. One other one for me though, is when someone only tweets quotes out of their book, never anything else. Although, I guess I could collect all the quotes, piece them together and have the book for free, assuming I wanted to read it.

    Anyways, Great article.

    • I agree with your point. If you’re using Twitter solely to excerpt what you’ve written then you’re wasting opportunities to actually connect with readers. Twitter is the perfect place to develop relationships with loyal fans, and potentially draw in new readership. If you talk to no one, you are just wasting your time.

      Thank you for the compliment!

  4. Number 5 irks me the most.
    This is a valuable post!

  5. Great list, I know I tend to make some of these errors occasionally but since I try to be consistent, retweet others content, engage and communicate I think it balances out okay. I hope my followers can be genuine enough to let me know if I’m going overboard!

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