Having been on Twitter for a few years now I would like to think that I have seen everything, but I haven’t. I’m still learning every single day. I’ve made a few mistakes myself in the past and still do sometimes!
It is interesting to see the reaction of others to certain tweets or comments. I have noticed that the most popular tweets are ones that are sharing positivity and good content. Information that will assist others really works too!
I know there are still newbies joining everyday so I’ve put together a list of the most annoying things that people do on Twitter (and not always newbies by the way).
1. Linking Facebook to Twitter. This is my number one! I never ever click on a link on Facebook. Why? Because this says to me that the person running the account is not on Twitter. They are unlikely to engage with me or anyone else.
If I saw a hotel with Facebook linked to Twitter (i.e. no tweets at all, just FB links) I will not follow them, or ask them for info or RT them. Ever. So that account is missing out on reaching their customers, engaging with them, and also missing out on valuable Retweets to over 23k people (potentially more if others retweet my retweet) It makes the account even look lazy. Anyway I’m on Twitter, if I wanted to be on Facebook I’d be on Facebook.
2. Automated direct messages after I follow you – will be followed by a swift unfollow. Maybe that is just me, but it’s true. My DM’s are for important messages. I take time to go through my messages to check what is important…..and if it’s an automated message….it might not seem like much time but when you’re busy, tweeting and running other Twitter accounts, it’s a distraction that I just don’t have time for.
3. Asking for a RT when you aren’t even following me or you have never engaged with me before. Also, asking for a RT by direct message. Why can’t you ask me in public? Hmmm. It depends on whether it is a friend or not though. I don’t mind doing this for people who I already engage with but it makes me wonder sometimes why can’t people just ask me on Twitter?
4. No photo on your avatar – People buy from people, so get yourself a photo! Happy smiley faces please. Put your logo on your header or the other way around depending on how big the company is. But please put something there. A flower, a dog, anything.
5. Not thanking for retweets. Please thank someone when they RT you. Especially thank them in public. I always try to thank anyone who RTs me, except sometimes if I am on the road or not online at the time and the RT comes later in the day. But I certainly try to engage as much as possible.
We were all new once so ask for help if you need a little bit of a boost. That’s fine, but please don’t just take take take. Working together, we can assist one another and that way everyone will do well on Twitter and most of all enjoy it! It’s all about the people you know!
Samantha is passionate about assisting others to get on and use Twitter. She regularly runs Twitter workshops around the country to help people achieve this. The next workshop will be held in Dublin and booking details can be found here.