I am not a fan of Twitter, but it does have its valuable use, like receiving all the posts from my blogs – automatically when you follow Marc Dussault… But there are some things you should not do on Twitter as this funny video reminds us…
- Don’t retweet a complement. Or, do it rarely. They say it’s the same thing as bragging. It is.
- Don’t promote something more than a few times. Don’t tweet endlessly about that new blog post you just wrote. It gets boring for your followers. I say the 80/20 rule works here. Only self-promote yourself 20% of the time and you’ll get great results.
- Go easy on the hashtags. Hashtags can be fun. If you don’t overuse them. Don’t. Tripp and Tyler also say you shouldn’t use the word “hashtag” in real life. I don’t follow this one. Because, of course, it’s just too much fun to say “hashtag parenthood” when my husband and I are cleaning up baby spit.
- Don’t tweet 200 times about the awesome thing you’re doing instead of experiencing it. Live your life, don’t just tweet it.
- Stop tweeting about things other people don’t care about. I think you’ll need to contact Tripp and Tyler directly to find out what they believe your followers care about. Or just do what I do, and constantly tweet new mother baby pictures showcasing the insane cuteness of baby @lucia and hope people will forgive you for it.
- Don’t follow thousands of people in hopes they’ll follow back. No really, don’t.
- Don’t use Twitter for your extended two-way conversations. Need to talk to have a long two-way conversation with someone? Get on email. Or text. Tripp and Tyler say to do it off Twitter. It’s minorly weird to talk forever with just one person as everyone else watches.
- Don’t think everyone see yours @replies. This is a tricky one that many don’t understand. Here’s the scoop: If you send an @reply tweet to @claire, it won’t show to all your followers. It will only show to me. If you want all your followers to see the tweet to me, put a period (or word) in front of your @reply, like this: “.@claire” or “hey @claire”. Then everyone will see it.
- Don’t tweet twice in a row to squeeze in more than 140 characters. Tripp and Tyler are deeply annoyed by this, apparently.
- Don’t tweet too many quotes. You may have heard that tweets with quotes get retweeted like crazy. They do. But not if you do them all the time. Vary up your tweets.
What other things should you not do on Twitter? I’m all ears.