I just noticed I have 500 followers on Twitter. This seems so strange to me, considering I only use it for the following:
- posting random quips
- talking about my latest sewing project or writing-related accomplishment
- quoting friends
- retweeting things I find amusing
I recently received 3 retweets in one day. Not going to lie, getting retweets makes me feel good about myself. It’s kind of a “OMG THEY THINK I’M FUNNY!!!!!!1” boost to my confidence.
I rarely follow someone because they’re just there. I am very picky about my Twitter feed, as I don’t like when it’s cluttered by the same person, saying the same thing over and over again.
Here is a list of basic DON’Ts.
- Don’t tweet about how sleepy you are (unless you’re going to be funny about it). Nobody cares.
- Don’t tweet “At work.” No one cares. Check into Foursquare like everyone else.
- Unless you are the official tweeter for a hockey game, don’t tweet every goal, pass, save, etc. If people on your feed wanted to know what is going on during the hockey game, they’d watch it.
- Don’t announce what you’re eating. Unless it’s especially delicious and you have a picture. Or you’re a foodie and many of your followers are foodies. (Also, avoid the overuse of the word “foodie.”
- Unless it’s a super funny quote, don’t tweet while drunk. Save the drunk updates for Facebook.
- Don’t retweet everything everyone has said ever. Be semi-particular.
- Don’t tweet anything negative about your job, your boss or a coworker. This never leads to good things. This goes for Facebook too.
- Don’t limit yourself to following celebrities. I find they are sometimes the least interesting people on Twitter.
- #Don’t #overuse #hashtags. The key is to pick keywords. That being said, the best hashtags are used in a humorous way. #stupidadvice
- Besides Facebook page updates, don’t connect your other social media to post automatically to your feed. Oh, you just got a new badge on Foursquare? Cool tweet, bro.
And my list of DOs:
- Follow people in your neighbourhood, town or city. Power goes out on your street? Someone will know what is going on and will tweet about it. I usually find the people I talk to on Twitter are from my town and most of them, I’ve only met once or I haven’t met them at all.
- Split your tweets in two if you have to. Sometimes 140 characters just isn’t enough. Replacing every “to” with “2” and leaving out punctuation makes you look less than professional. I don’t mind if you need 2 tweets for a complete thought. But if you need 3, go write a blog post and then tweet the link.
- Try to tweet a few times a day. I regularly go through my list and unfollow people who haven’t tweeted in months.
- Post links to interesting articles, images and resources. Did you find something cool, funny or fascinating? Send in on over, people love that stuff!
- Post photos of your puppy. I like puppies.
- Double check your spelling and punctuation before hitting send. Especially if you are using the word “public.” You never know when you’re going to miss an L.
- Before submitting, think to yourself, “Is this interesting/informative/funny in any way? Could this tweet start a conversation?” If the answer is no, reconsider.
- Avoid posting a photo of your new credit card Mommy and Daddy got you. Saw this yesterday. Credit card number, name and expiration all visible. What an idiot.
- Don’t be afraid to start up a conversation with a new Twitter contact. I usually check their profile and see how often they reply back, just in case. #IFearTwitterRejection
- Follow @_Jillianne_. 😉
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