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Monday, March 14, 2011

Twitter Don'ts : Are You Annoying People With Your Tweets?


If you are on twitter, and yes, you should be, you might notice people occasionally tweeting out their twitter pet peeves. One of the most common is "Don't auto-dm! It's spam and makes me unfollow you!" *


 Another that was originally on my list but I saw tweeted out this weekend by @adventuroo was "If all you do is tweet out 'inspirational' quotes, I will never ever follow you. #thereisaidit"


But, like everything else, Twitter is a learning process and it's not like you know these things right off the bat, you have to figure it out as you go. 


Here's my list of Twitter Don'ts to help you along:



Don't get mad and unfollow someone if they don't follow you back immediately.  It might take someone a few days to get caught up on twitter notification emails.  Or, sometimes twitter doesn't send them out for every person who follows.  TWEET with the person: talk to them and they'll probably follow you.


Don't just tweet "hey" or "good morning" to someone and be mad that that isn't enough to get them to follow you or even respond.  Spammers do that, too, so it's hard to tell you apart from the spammers.



Don't follow a bunch of people just hoping for return follows and then unfollow them all a day or two later. 




Don't RT all day long.  It's really nice to RT an awesome tweet or link- you definitely should show some RT love. But, if this is all you do, you start looking a little a robot instead of a person.



Don't get spammy with your links: twitter is a great tool to get your blog posts out there. But, if you are tweeting out the same link 4 times in an hour, it's annoying.**



Unless you have something super important that you are tweeting, Don't add "pls rt" to the end of your tweets. People will RT if they like what you tweeted.  And by super important, I mean super important to everyone, not just you.



Don't get upset if no one replies to something you asked on twitter. Tweets go by quickly. You can ask again.  Just not 30 seconds after you first asked.




Don't be a twitter-stalker.  Twitter is one place where it's perfectly acceptable to jump right into someone else's conversation. But, if you jump into the same person's conversation every single time they are tweeting with someone else, it gets a little creepy.



Don't only talk to the same people all day, every day.  Yes, twitter is for interaction. And you'll get to know some people really well and want to talk to them more than others.  But, if someone views your profile page and all they see is you tweeting the same handful of people and no one else, you look clique-ish.  If you want to have a long conversation with someone that you know well, that is what Skype is for. #TGFS**


Don't forget that a tweet is forever.  So, don't start a fight or say something hateful that you are going to regret later. Don't send something out as a tweet that you meant as a dm.  Even though you can delete your tweet, if it was that big of a screw up of a tweet, chances are, it's already been retweeted, repeatedly.  #thinkbeforeyoutweet


Are we following each other on twitter? @shellthings

Do you have any Twitter Don'ts to add to this list?


*I found out on twitter from @OhMariana yesterday that you can OPT OUT OF GETTING AUTO DMs! Or at least, quite a lot of them. Yes, this is news exciting enough to yell at you in caps. How to Opt Out of Auto DMs.

**I tweet celeb gossip links as part of my job about 5-10 times a day total. And hope it doesn't violate this rule.


***Thank God for Skype: credit to  @akludgymom for that hashtag

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79 Comments:

Blogger Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Great list! My top pet peeve is just the 4 tweets of the same thing, all in a row, by the same person. Annoying!

March 14, 2011 at 7:21 AM  
Blogger Jessica said...

Great list! I think you hit all of my pet peeves, especially the "please RT" one. Oh I also don't like when people beg for readers, followers, fb likes. If you have to beg there's a problem.

March 14, 2011 at 7:29 AM  
Blogger Brandi said...

HA! The tweet about the inspirational quotes made me laugh. I don't follow those either. And, the pls RT's are annoying as well.

Great list!

March 14, 2011 at 7:46 AM  
Blogger Kmama said...

I hate when i see multiple tweets of the same thing in a row. I realize people are probably updating FB and elsewhere, and it's automatic, but if you update somewhere else, you should only have one automatic post to twitter...not THREE.

March 14, 2011 at 8:09 AM  
Blogger Liz said...

I agree about asking Pls RTs. It is up to others to decide.

And I had no idea there was a way to opt out! Heading there now.

March 14, 2011 at 8:40 AM  
Blogger TerriG said...

Thank you Shell for this important public service post! I'll be the first to admit what a rookie I am. Now, I realize why some things on twitter irk me. I hope I haven't been a pain to my twitter buds. BTW, I thank you for that informative retweet about #Bloggybootcamp #Boston. You made my day.

I forgot about the tweeters that recycle the same 4 tweets. I think that is annoying. Get some new stuff!

March 14, 2011 at 8:42 AM  
Blogger singedwingangel said...

Well I had the multiple tweet thing going with my blog and I have yet to figure out how to stop blogger and networked blogs to stop tweeting out at the same time.. any one have a clue??

March 14, 2011 at 8:45 AM  
Blogger Jackie said...

Thanks for the list! It's great!

I hope that I don't violate any of the rules! I do like one about adding pls RT on your message. I'm not going to RT if I haven't read it ... if it's worth it then I'll share it!

March 14, 2011 at 8:48 AM  
Blogger Amanda said...

I'm having a hard time getting into Twitter at all. It honestly sometimes feels like it would be a full time job to become someone noticed on Twitter. I seriously do not understand how people are on it all day.

Also, trying to network I made my twitter public. Now I have a stream that moves so fast, I have no idea who anyone is and can't possibly keep up, let alone form relationships.

Sorry for my Twitter whine, maybe I'm just not a Twitter girl.

March 14, 2011 at 8:52 AM  
Blogger Mama Jules said...

I think you hit all my pet peeves, too.

I have no problem with your tweets about your job or people Tweeting links to their posts. When you do nothing but tweet self promoting links, chances are I won't follow.

March 14, 2011 at 8:53 AM  
Blogger Amanda @ It's Blogworthy said...

I agree with all of these. The thing I hate most is when people follow and then unfollow me right away, especially those who are REAL people with whom I could build a friendship. If they seem interesting, I'll follow back -- I'm not a snob about it or anything -- so that's why it annoys me so.

You know, one of my BIGGEST pet peeves (besides the follow thing) is when people ask to be RTed. DONT' 'ASK!! If it's good, people will RT. You can never tell what's going to strike someone's fancy enough to RT. The other night I tweeted something random and it got RT a TON. i was thinking, I wish I'd had that kind of exposure on a blog ;)

I usually tweet new post links at 10, 12 3:30 and once in the evening, like around 7 or 8. If it's a good one, I might add one more in there somewhere. that's been a good balance for me.

March 14, 2011 at 8:55 AM  
Blogger MommaKiss said...

Oh Shell. The wise one. P.s. People shouldn't wait for a follow back from me. I domt do it automatically. Ima twitter bitch like that. The reason is, tho, I like to be interactive & just can't keep up if the list is so big.

March 14, 2011 at 9:03 AM  
Blogger MommaKiss said...

Oh. Should I RT this?

:p

March 14, 2011 at 9:04 AM  
Blogger Oka said...

Guess I'm a big fail her, but I'm use to that.

March 14, 2011 at 9:18 AM  
OpenID ninabadzin.com said...

Great, great list!!! I agree with all of them especially the one about talking to the same people all the time (subject of my post today, as you know) AND the one about asking to be RT'ed. I've written many times, begging people NOT to send auto-DMs. Alas, people don't listen.

March 14, 2011 at 9:24 AM  
Anonymous Leighann said...

Great great list. I so agree with the pretentious *pls rt* at the end of a tweet!!
Excellent post

March 14, 2011 at 9:42 AM  
Blogger Semi-Slacker Mom said...

I so need to go to Twitter school.

March 14, 2011 at 9:42 AM  
Blogger Erinsgobragh said...

Awesome post girl. I don't Tweet as much as I should. I just got hurt when a bunch of my friends turned into a clique and I wasn't invited. :(

March 14, 2011 at 9:54 AM  
Anonymous Stacey said...

Great list! I still feel like a newbie on twitter, but I'm glad I'm not annoying. At least, not according to your list! ;)

March 14, 2011 at 9:55 AM  
Blogger Gigi said...

Awesome post, Shell! I agree with everything. I try to use my Please RT's wisely. Believe it or not, tho, research by Dan Zarrella shows that it works to include that in tweets. A lot.

March 14, 2011 at 10:01 AM  
Blogger Katie Hurley, LCSW said...

Great list, Shell! I had no idea we can opt out of those auto DM's. Although, I have to admit, I'm too lazy to bother unfollowing! I love meeting people on Twitter. I do tweet my posts a couple of times a day, but then I worry that I'm being annoying. It's a delicate balance! Thanks for this!

March 14, 2011 at 10:11 AM  
Blogger Cheryl D. said...

Great tips! I'm still befuddled by Twitter!

March 14, 2011 at 10:11 AM  
Blogger John said...

I totally RT'd this. :-)

Whenever people ask me about why I interact with people the way I interact with them on Twitter, I talk about my "Twitter is a big ass cocktail party" (and yes, I use it that way because I like to type big ass cock" in consecutive keystrokes). There are tidbits of conversation all over the place - grab onto something interesting just be a leaf on the wind :-)

March 14, 2011 at 10:13 AM  
Blogger John and Allie Fields said...

The one that really drives me nuts: Tweeting multiple times a day your links to old blog posts. Especially when I click on it to find that I already read the post 6 months ago. There is nothing wrong with giving old posts another chance every now and then but at some point readers want new stuff.

March 14, 2011 at 10:20 AM  
Anonymous Elena @NaynaDub said...

Great tips! One of my biggest pet peeves goes along with #1. The people who follow/unfollow/repeat so they continually show up in your new followers stream. They continue to do this until you follow back. Annoying!

March 14, 2011 at 10:21 AM  
Blogger Lindsay Blogs said...

I fail so bad at Twitter. I can never think of anything witty to say so I just don't. Although I will definitely ask questions or jump in on conversations - you probably won't find me posting any super-awesome quotes or anything.

March 14, 2011 at 10:23 AM  
Blogger Lady Jennie said...

These are great. I hope I'm not auto-DM'ing by accident. I can't even imagine what that is!

March 14, 2011 at 10:38 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

I appreciate this!! I am not that comfortable on Twitter- I can't seem to keep up. These guidelines will at least help me not be annoying!!

March 14, 2011 at 10:41 AM  
Blogger Charlotte said...

Great list of dos and don't, Shell. I feel like I still don't know all the "rules" of Twitter and am always familiarizing myself with it but I am proud to say I don't think I'm guilty of any of these don'ts.

Hope you had a great weekend!

March 14, 2011 at 11:21 AM  
Blogger Kim said...

I love twitter. I have to limit myself, though. I am pretty sure I don't have auto DM. It has been a while since I stated my twitter account, but I am pretty sure I never had it. How embarrassing if I have been auto DMing people this entire time. Yikes!

March 14, 2011 at 11:39 AM  
Blogger Sweet Tea with Cindy said...

Thank you so much for this great information. I learned a lot about twitter today!

March 14, 2011 at 11:57 AM  
Blogger natalee said...

love ths list.. i got to get myself into twitter more.....im scared of it a little..lol

March 14, 2011 at 12:42 PM  
Anonymous tracy said...

LOVE THIS so much. Rockstar is what you are!

March 14, 2011 at 12:45 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

I wish I had more time to be active on Twitter, but I really don't. I know it is a great networking tool, but during the day I'm at work and at night I'm home with the kids. That's why I like Facebook. Someone can post something I can go back later and comment.

March 14, 2011 at 12:45 PM  
Blogger Mass Hole Mommy said...

Nice list - and I am with you 100% on the inpirational quotes. They give me rage.

March 14, 2011 at 1:06 PM  
Anonymous Blair@HeirtoBlair said...

GREAT list.

The only other one I'd add - don't get pissy when someone unfollows you & then spend the entire day tweeting passive-aggressive bombs about him/her.

March 14, 2011 at 1:12 PM  
Blogger By Word of Mouth Musings said...

OK Shell, please explain how to make sure we are not auto what-evering ... hate to be rude unintentionally, sometimes its required to be rude, but then I at least want to know that I am dishing it out :)

March 14, 2011 at 1:34 PM  
Blogger dancing_lemur said...

Love this list. Re: the last one, I don't remember who said it, but I saw (on twitter), "Don't tweet anything you wouldn't want displayed on the screen in Times Square."

March 14, 2011 at 2:00 PM  
Blogger crazedmama said...

Good post! I mostly use Twitter to promote my blogs and my articles, however I am always worried about being too spammy. I only RT tweets that I think are important, and I don't chit chat back and forth with people through twitter like some do. If I think the people I follow are annoying and always spamming, I will unfollow them, easy as that. If people don't like my tweets, they are free to unfollow me as well. I do get quite a few hits from Twitter though, so I must not be doing TOO bad, lol.

March 14, 2011 at 2:49 PM  
Blogger Samantha said...

I like the one about not tweeting the same people over and over again, every day...it does look cliquish. There are a few bloggers that I follow, and they tweet each other all day every day, and I can't help but feel left out. Like I'm in middle school again or something...lol

March 14, 2011 at 3:24 PM  
Blogger kc said...

this made me giggle...because it made me realize just how out of the twitter loop I really and truly am. I didn't understand half of this post ad I consider myself an acronym guro :)

Ah well, to twitter/tweet/chirp (???) or not to. This is the question that rules the generation before us HA!

March 14, 2011 at 4:03 PM  
Blogger Andrea (ace1028) said...

Did you see my tweet just now? I am kind of freaked that I was tweeting about the same stuff (like DON'T RETWEET EVERYONE YOU KNOW EVERY SINGLE MINUTE OF EVERY DAY) this morning and only just am reading this now. I'm proud to be on the same wavelength as you! Or is it brainwave? Or both? :P

March 14, 2011 at 4:16 PM  
Anonymous julie gardner said...

Love this post. I still feel like I have a lot to learn about Twitter - I make mistakes and embarrass myself. There's definitely a learning curve and since I see a lot of contradictory behavior out there, it's nice to see a list of do's/don'ts from someone whose opinion I respect.

Thanks, Shell!

March 14, 2011 at 4:19 PM  
Blogger Beth Zimmerman said...

Great advice, Shell! I'm still struggling to become comfortable on Twitter so I listen more than I talk and then I worry that it seems that all I do is RT and promote my own posts. Don't want to do that but honestly it's hard to figure out where to jump in and then what to say! I'm just better at (written) chatter than I am at conversation! ... That's kind of sad isn't it?

March 14, 2011 at 4:34 PM  
Blogger Sue said...

I really like this. I'm sort of a newbie to Twitter and am glad to learn that, so far, I'm not fouling it up too royally. :)

March 14, 2011 at 4:53 PM  
Blogger The Empress said...

It's hard to know what to do sometimes.

Especially with the #FF.

That gets to me. Do I think each person?

Do I do it back?

I don't know...

March 14, 2011 at 5:03 PM  
Anonymous Jessica said...

Great list of not to's for Twitter. Sometimes it is difficult for me to interact on Twitter because I don't want to annoy people. And auto DM's bug me.

March 14, 2011 at 5:07 PM  
Blogger Courtney K. said...

GREAT list! I think my biggest pet peeve is the tweeting quotes all day and the non stop post tweets. I find a lot of great blogs through Twitter, but it gets old when someone ONLY tweets their blog posts and nothing else.

March 14, 2011 at 5:29 PM  
Blogger PeaceLoveApplesauce said...

I'm slow, what's an auto-DM??
Fantastic list!!

March 14, 2011 at 5:32 PM  
Blogger C.Mom said...

So many great tips! I am having trouble lately because of my lack of during the day tweets. It makes it hard to keep a conversation going when i can only be "there" before or after school.

March 14, 2011 at 5:33 PM  
Anonymous Jack said...

Good list. It drives me crazy when people follow and unfollow me a day later. I am not a step stool.

March 14, 2011 at 6:24 PM  
Anonymous Paula @ Simply Sandwich said...

Oh boy this is a very informative post! I am a big, fat scardy cat about twitter and haven't made that leap yet. I am wondering if I would get anything done in my day if I was tweeting? I guess I have a lot to learn!!

March 14, 2011 at 6:29 PM  
Blogger Kel said...

Great post Shell. Those are my pet peeves too. I've noticed many do the same with blog hops. Follow and unfollow on the same day if I didn't have a chance to get to them. I guess it kind of just makes me feel that they weren't really interested in me to begin with.

March 14, 2011 at 7:15 PM  
Blogger Nezzy said...

Thanks for the rules of tweetin', but this old chick is just gonna stick to the blog like a bug on a windshield!!! Heeehehe!!!

God bless ya and have a marvelous Monday sweetie!!!

March 14, 2011 at 7:43 PM  
Blogger Melanie said...

Thanks, Shell! So helpful for this Twitter Newbie. I'm still trying to figure it all out!

March 14, 2011 at 7:43 PM  
Blogger blueviolet said...

I have a tough not unfollowing people who auto DM me. A lot of people instant unfollow. I want to, but I don't.

I always check their tweets to see if they're conversational though. If they are, I'll follow back. If they're not, I might not.

March 14, 2011 at 8:01 PM  
Blogger Crystal said...

THis is great info. I still consider myself a twitter newbie...but with my new birthday smartphone, I think I might be catching on a little. Hopefully I haven't done any of these "don'ts". Thanx for the info!!

March 14, 2011 at 8:27 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

Very, very good post but then again, it makes me wonder? Do I break the rules?

March 14, 2011 at 9:12 PM  
Blogger Jayme said...

Love this! For the people having trouble keeping up, I've had somewhat better luck when I use tweetdeck or something to separate groups of people and stuff.

March 14, 2011 at 11:19 PM  
Blogger WhisperingWriter said...

I like this list!

I only tweet a link to my latest post ONCE and leave it at that. I notice some people constantly do it several times a day and it's like, "Okay, we get it, you have a new post up..."

March 15, 2011 at 12:25 AM  
Anonymous Galit Breen said...

Twitter is so fast paced and there are so many dos and don'ts! This is a nice go-to list, thank you lady & well done!

March 15, 2011 at 1:04 AM  
Blogger From Tracie said...

Great list!!

I can't think of anything to add.

Of course I am following you. And no, your tweets for your columns have not driven me crazy (and I do usually click on them and read, too!)

March 15, 2011 at 2:35 AM  
Blogger JDaniel4's Mom said...

I need to stop tweeting the same thing over and over again.

March 15, 2011 at 7:23 AM  
Blogger DaisyGal said...

I am so new to twitter that I needed this list, I think I'm pretty good about tweeting, but I will keep all of these in mind as I use it more often.
Thanks Shell!!!

March 15, 2011 at 8:25 AM  
Blogger Babes Mami said...

This is a great list and YAY for a way to quiet the auto DMs!!

March 15, 2011 at 10:39 AM  
Blogger hotpants™ said...

I would just like to say... AMEN!

March 15, 2011 at 11:00 AM  
Anonymous Megan (Best of Fates) said...

I am OBSESSED with the idea of not getting auto DMs because it drives me crazy just how many people do them - though I am a wee bit weirded out by the instructions on that page. Really? How does that possibly work?

March 15, 2011 at 11:36 AM  
Blogger Katertot said...

There's a really great way to avoid all Twitter annoyances....simply don't tweet. :)

March 15, 2011 at 12:54 PM  
Blogger Tammy said...

I need to get on Twitter more often. Now that I have tweetdeck it is so much easier but usually tweet in the evening. Do you have it up on your computer during the day?

March 15, 2011 at 2:05 PM  
Blogger Tammy said...

I need to get on Twitter more often. Now that I have tweetdeck it is so much easier but usually tweet in the evening. Do you have it up on your computer during the day?

March 15, 2011 at 2:05 PM  
Blogger MrsJenB said...

I've secretly been sitting here, annoyed, watching various people including "Pls RT" at the end of every other tweet. Drives me crazy but I don't feel like I know them well enough to say anything - and I probably wouldn't even if I did know them better.

Also, I had no idea that anyone expected a follow in return for following me. Well that explains a lot...!

March 15, 2011 at 2:10 PM  
Anonymous Ilana @ mommyshorts said...

OMG- that inspiration quote thing? I swear I was just thinking that before I clicked on your post. I probably someone once a week for that offense. Because they usually do it in blocks right? Think of your own stuff to say!

March 15, 2011 at 2:15 PM  
Blogger Just Another Mom of 2 said...

The Pls RT drives me absolutely insane. Also, the link-spamming. I think I had a very similar list a few months back, and still, nothing changes. Why, people, why?? The auto-dms are like torture. Please make it stop!

March 15, 2011 at 7:24 PM  
Blogger Hutch said...

Thank you! Twitter should pay you for this and then post it under FAQ.

March 15, 2011 at 7:36 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

Great post and I have to agree on all items. Twitter definitely has a learning curve to it, so this is a great tool for people still figuring it out!

March 15, 2011 at 11:41 PM  
Blogger Jill said...

I personally hate any type of auto DM like "Thanks for the follow"

March 16, 2011 at 12:01 PM  
Blogger Nichole said...

I have a "friend" who has a borderline Twitter stalker. My "friend" has had to run from Twitter on many occasions. My "friend" wonders if there's a such thing as a Twitter restraining order. ;)

Great list, Shell!

March 17, 2011 at 1:24 AM  
Blogger the mombshell said...

Ugh! The auto-DM's are driving me crazy!!!

March 19, 2011 at 9:52 AM  
Blogger Carri said...

Can we add "nothing but political tweets" to the list?
Even if I do agree with your political stance, I'm on Twitter to socialize. Stop trying to force feed me propaganda!

March 19, 2011 at 10:38 AM  

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