Twitter Etiquette: The Dos and Don’ts

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04 Sep 2009

TWITTER ETIQUETTE: THE DOS AND DON’TS

Mind Your Manners by Claire Wallace (1953)
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If you read my previous post, you know what’s in store for you now. As promised, I’ve put together a general list of guidelines for Twittering. These dos and don’ts are by no means comprehensive and, depending on who you talk to, all of these rules were made to be broken by braver Twitterers. For a fun read about rogue Twittering, read Scobleizer.com’s post, The 10 Rules of Twitter (and how I break every one).

Do:

• Ask questions of your followers.
• Update often – Twitter followers have short attention spans.
• Use proper grammar.
• Post interesting articles, links, photos, videos, articles – anything your followers might be interested in.
• Try to follow a “theme” if you like. Maybe your Twitter account focuses exclusively on daily deals at your store, or the hottest hairstyles of the season. If your Twitter profile is business-oriented, don’t post personal items like “I’m walking the dog with my hubby!”

Don’t:

• Overload your followers – limit yourself to 5 posts per day.
• Break up your posts. You get 140 characters. Any longer than that, and you probably should reconsider whether you should put your information on Twitter.
• Steal stuff from other readers. There’s a proper form for “re-tweeting,” and you always need to include the name of the original poster. For instance, if I’m re-tweeting a link, I would say something like “RT @username – love this link! www.link.com.” Always use the letters “RT” and then the correct user’s name, complete with the @ symbol.
• Put up personal information, or information about private events on your Twitter profile. Remember, Twitter is public, and anyone can re-tweet you.
• Spam! Spamming is a major no-no, you’ll find that your followers quickly drop by the wayside.

Here’s a bonus for you: If you’re just getting started on Twitter, be sure to register your username on WeFollow, a directory of Twitter users. WeFollow makes it easy for other people to search for Twitter accounts that interest them – you just might find that you’ll pick up a few followers through WeFollow.

And as always, we welcome any questions (and alternative views) – so let us know what you think about all this Twitter stuff.

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  • 6 Comments

Roschelle

September 17, 2009

Really good information. We all should certainly want to have proper etiquette in everything that we do. I found the wefollow.com accidentally a couple of weeks ago and you're right it's a great resource. Thanks for this post and the others I've read here.

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Michelle

September 18, 2009

Thanks for the feedback Roschelle! Are there any more Twitter tips you know of?

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melatoninTechy

September 28, 2009

i just love Twittering compared to blogging. i was a blog addict and now i am a Twitter addict.

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Dan Kems

October 7, 2009

Wintress, You and your staff are really amazing. I have found you, Sean and the rest of your Great team to be very knowledgeable in many areas. Your writing skills, creativity, and the way you convey your thoughts are really superb, even if you do think someone will yell at you. (they just don’t understand critical thinking) Very few people can move between, or in and out of different styles as confidently as you and your staff. Keep up the good work. Danny

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Wintress

October 7, 2009

Aww...Thanks Dan! That means a lot. :-)

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Tweetarthritis

October 10, 2009

Twitter is the newest craze today. i tweet at least 5 times a day on my friends just to keep them informed about my whereabouts. I still keep my personal blog though.

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