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January 6, 2012 / playforth

My two cents on Twitiquette

There are plenty of excellent blogs out there on Twitter etiquette, so I won’t attempt to a) duplicate them or b) be exhaustive. Instead, here are a just few dos and don’ts that have been in my mind lately:

It’s ok to: unfollow people. It’s not a marriage, you’re not walking out on them or breaking their heart. It happens all the time and (sane) Twitter users don’t really mind. (Also you can usually blame it on a Twitter bug if someone does get upset.)

It’s not ok to: unfollow people after delivering a ranting farewell tweet about why they are a terrible person. A constructive explanation of why you’re unfollowing MIGHT be appreciated, but only by business/marketing types I suspect.

It’s ok to: track who unfollows you, if that’s your thing.

It’s not ok to: hassle people for reasons when they do unfollow you, unless you get a particular kick out of looking needy and making people feel awkward.

It’s ok to: join in a conversation, IF you a) know both people in it or b) have something genuinely useful to contribute.

It’s not ok to: do this all the time, or with people you haven’t interacted with before, or in a negative way. (Same as in real life, really.)

It’s ok to: say hi to someone when they start following you, or at any other time. Strangers are just friends you haven’t tweeted yet, after all.

It’s not ok to: automate your responses to new followers, unless you are a) a corporate account or b) very very popular. Same goes for too many automated tweets in general. The robots find us anyway – we don’t want to find ourselves following them…

 

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  1. matt holland (@mrmzholland) / Jan 7 2012 7:50 am

    Good points all.

    My personal bugbear (which a lot of people share, from tweets I saw yesterday) is the retweeting of your #FF mentions. Unless there’s a *very* good reason (like this ‘cos it made me laugh: http://ow.ly/8leZP), it’s incredibly annoying.

  2. Robin Houghton (@RobinHoughton) / Jan 8 2012 4:32 pm

    Aha! Agreed on all counts. I guess you’ve been on the receiving end of one or more of these. And yes, retweeting your #FF mentions is only one step short of retweeting compliments that have been given you by someone who never intended for them to be retweeted in that way, without asking permission. Yuck!

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