How to Tweet & How not to Tweet

We’ve all seen them. The ALL CAPS twitterer, the inside joke twitterer, the one word twitterer, and the pay-attention-to-me twitterer.

I’m not saying they don’t have a right to tweet. I’m just saying that they don’t have a right to tweet in most of our networks, right?

Most of us unfollow them pretty quickly, but it seems like they pop up everywhere. These are the same people that blog 10% of a story they already explained the rest of to their friends and then wonder why their online footprint is so small, the same people that either rave about how awesome Twitter is (because they get to blast their thoughts incessantly) or about how stupid it is because they can’t seem to get to that follower number they define as being successful, so they pooh pooh the service and tell the rest of us that actually make legitimate use of it that we’re wasting our time and that their bad use of the service just further explains its stupidity.

Good twitterers tweet at an acceptable frequency to their followers. Some people have a threshold at 5 tweets from you every day. Other people don’t mind seeing 50.
Good twitterers @ reply not just in response to @ replies sent to them, but also in response to others’ tweets.
Good twitterers take the conversation to direct messages when it goes beyond a few tweets with just one person.
Good twitterers include links, useful and interesting information, and thoughtfulness in their tweets.

They definitely do not tweet all caps as if Twitter is a bull horn, tweet only one or two word phrases, or any other such nonsense… at least not within the spheres that have found a genuine use for the tool.

Am I wrong?

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  • aweisbe
    According to this article: there are 14 types of twitter personalities. Probably more as many tweeps have multiple personality disorder.

    So what kind of tweep are you?
  • Most definitely, the link mogul, but without the retweet aspect. I share tons of links I find. How about you?
  • I think you are right on the money here. I would go further with 3 more things too.

    -Affiliate links hidden with shortened URLs just get under my skin, and ruin trust that essential to twitter.
    -Tricking twitterers into clicking on a link (false advertising, over hyped, constantly plugging your own site) is insulting to the person following you.
    -Direct Messaging people to "thank them for the follow" and not allow them to DM you back - just rude.
  • Very good points. Those could be added to a list for twitter etiquette. ;-)
  • 'Good twitterers @ reply not just in response to @ replies sent to them, but also in response to others’ tweets.'

    I did this and got told by the person who's tweet I responded to that I was self promoting. Cannot win all the time.

    There are so many business on twitter, which I think is allowed. Is it not?
  • Thanks for commenting, Michelle. I guess that a mejor problem with online communication is that a lot of subtle sentiment is lost due to things not being face-to-face. As an unfortunate result, you may have been doing something that was very genuine and appropriate, but the other person misinterpreted it. Hopefully, things are going well for you on Twitter :-)
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