I realize Twitter is still in it’s experimental phase for most.I also realize that users are always trying to find where they belong in the twitterverse.With that being said, I hate when tweeters use the information network to tell followers about their day:
- “Just woke up #lazy,“
- “Great Shower, time for Breakfast.“
- “Getting in the car.”
- ”Damn traffic!“
- “Safely at the office now time to work.
- “Breaking from work to tweet“
When I see any tweets like that, it’s an immediate unfollow.
I understand every now and then having a life status update is essential to your every being. And I acknowledge that (especially since I occasionally do that) but…tweeting your every move every 5 minutes is not good social media etiquette. If this is sounding like you please go check out how you should tweet. Whatever you do, your tweets need to change.
Just so you know what mandates an immediate unfollow, here are the 5 tweets I absolutely hate:
1. “OMG It’s Friday friday friday” – Rebecca Black is a joke and so is this update. Join the rest of Twitter and participate in Follow Friday if you want to show how excited you are for the end of the week.
2. “Just took a dump, it was a bad one #hideyokids”- As much as I find bathroom talk hysterical, I’d rather not be up to date on your bowl movements.
3. “INSERT INSPIRATIONAL SAYING HERE”- I’m all for sharing inspiration, but you do not need caps lock to inspire people. Let your phrase do the talking.
4. A string of links to articles without interaction- If you are just posting links to your articles and not communicating with the rest of the Twitter world you’ve got a problem. No one likes a one-sided conversation, especially when you are linking to content you haven’t proven to be a must read.
5. “Is Google + going to steal Mark Zuckerberg’s thunder, discuss”- I realize we have limited use of characters but if you want to start a discussion with your followers just ask a question. The discussion is already implied because it is being posted in a social setting. Please don’t tell me to discuss a topic, because, like when teachers assign chapters to read, I won’t do it and I’ll stop listening.
The most important thing is to be true to yourself, I’ve found that when people try to fit into a certain area their tweets start following into one of these categories. Use Twitter as it is ment to be used, as an information network. Share things with your followers that you find interesting, have conversations with them through out the day. Just make sure you know when to turn it to a private conversation.