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…