Twitter

I’m pretty new to Twitter compared to some folks who have been on for a year and even longer. But along the way I’ve learned a lot about how to use Twitter from personal experience and listening to what others have to say about Twitter etiquette.


Don't listen to complains from others

Don’t listen to complaints from others

You read right. As long as you’re not being spammy, offensive, or a general jerk, it doesn’t matter what other people think about your tweets. If they don’t like it, they can unfollow! I can’t stress that point enough.

I’ve heard all sorts of complaints:

  • “You tweet too much”
  • “Don’t put your hashtags at the beginning of your tweet”
  • “Twitter is not a chat room, use DMs”
  • “Don’t DM me, it’s annoying”

At first, I used to try and abide by all the rules but it cramped my style. I wasn’t being myself and normally I don’t tip-toe around anyone. So I abandoned trying to follow everyone else’s rule and governed myself according to how I’d like to be treated. Others may think it’s cool to dictate my Twitter behaviour, but I don’t. There there are even Ten Commandments of using Twitter. HUH? Bunn dat!


Listen to complains from others

Listen to complaints from others

You read right. You still have to listen to what you’re followers are saying to make sure you’re not doing them wrong. You may not even realize you’re being a jerk or annoying the crap out of someone. Most of the time its just small things like putting the @username at the front of the tweet so web users will get the replies. Personally I have no issue with that.

The bottom line

Be courteous, but don’t be a pushover — use reasonable judgment in evaluating your Twitter behaviour. And hey, you always have the option of NOT listening to what I have to say. If you want to abide by the Twitter Ten Commandments or any other Twitter Etiquette rules, by all means, go ahead! We all use Twitter differently, for all sorts of purposes and all kinds of ways; I think it’s unreasonable to stick everyone under one template.

What irks you about how people Twitter? When do you think it’s reasonable to ask your followers to change their tweeting behaviour?

  • I totally agree, tweet how ya want. It is not that serious LOL, getting all wrapped up in twitter ‘rules’.

    I love your wedding pic, ya’ll are such a beautiful couple! 🙂

  • I think the main think you need to consider on Twitter (as with anywhere else on the web) is how you manage your reputation. Just don’t do anything that could come back and bite you in the rear at a later date.

    Great post.

    Colin Walker’s last blog post..Permalink problems.

  • Zoe

    Shey, I am 100% with you on this one. I recently wrote my own set of VERY sarcastic ‘rules’ for Twitter.

    Rules? HA! I laugh at rules on the internet. Common courtesy, just like in the ‘real’ world, will do just fine. After that, each person has the right to their own experiences.

    great post 🙂

    z

    Zoe’s last blog post..by: Colin Carmichael

  • @Trula @Zoe thanks!

    @Colin You’re absolutely right; you’ve got to think before you tweet — you never know who you may piss off next!

  • Lol “Bunn dat”, bunn fire pan it yes, for people who want to know what that term means, check his glossary: http://www.sheysmith.com/glossary/

    Gordon Swaby’s last blog post..The Thing About Us Jamaicans…..

  • My golden Twitter rule…actually my general rule for anything that can be documented: Assume your Mom will read whatever you write and act accordingly.

  • Ike

    Forget rules — most of the “rules” I’ve seen published were other people telling me how *I* should use Twitter to enhance *their* experience.

    It’s simple courtesy. Like what you mentioned about starting tweets with the “@” for webusers. When sending multiple “@”s, I’ve even been known to see which of the recipients was on the web (instead of twhirl or snitter) so I could line them up first.

    Ike’s last blog post..Sacred Cows

  • That’s a great tip Ike, I try to do the same.

  • I totally agree, tweet how ya want. It is not that serious LOL, getting all wrapped up in twitter ‘rules’.

    I love your wedding pic, ya’ll are such a beautiful couple! 🙂

  • I think the main think you need to consider on Twitter (as with anywhere else on the web) is how you manage your reputation. Just don’t do anything that could come back and bite you in the rear at a later date.

    Great post.

    Colin Walker’s last blog post..Permalink problems.

  • Zoe

    Shey, I am 100% with you on this one. I recently wrote my own set of VERY sarcastic ‘rules’ for Twitter.

    Rules? HA! I laugh at rules on the internet. Common courtesy, just like in the ‘real’ world, will do just fine. After that, each person has the right to their own experiences.

    great post 🙂

    z

    Zoe’s last blog post..by: Colin Carmichael

  • @Trula @Zoe thanks!

    @Colin You’re absolutely right; you’ve got to think before you tweet — you never know who you may piss off next!

  • Lol “Bunn dat”, bunn fire pan it yes, for people who want to know what that term means, check his glossary: http://www.sheysmith.com/glossary/

    Gordon Swaby’s last blog post..The Thing About Us Jamaicans…..

  • My golden Twitter rule…actually my general rule for anything that can be documented: Assume your Mom will read whatever you write and act accordingly.

  • Ike

    Forget rules — most of the “rules” I’ve seen published were other people telling me how *I* should use Twitter to enhance *their* experience.

    It’s simple courtesy. Like what you mentioned about starting tweets with the “@” for webusers. When sending multiple “@”s, I’ve even been known to see which of the recipients was on the web (instead of twhirl or snitter) so I could line them up first.

    Ike’s last blog post..Sacred Cows

  • That’s a great tip Ike, I try to do the same.

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