This isn’t a comprehensive list, but just a few thoughts at the moment on appropriate usage of Twitter. And please, don’t take offense. I’m just sharing some of my own personal thoughts that I think most Twitter-fanatics would agree with.
1. Only post informative thoughts.
- This is a tough one because it’s all subjective. What may be informative to you may not be to me, and vice versa. Ask yourself, “Is this tweet helpful or thought-provoking?” If the answer is no, chances are no one wants to hear it.
- Proper things to post or share may include: quotes; links to websites, blogs, articles, news stories, music; funny or serious thoughts, whether original or retweets; etc.
2. THIS IS IMPORTANT: Don’t…I repeat…don’t, blow up Twitter.
- Unless you’re Einstein, you’re clearly violating rule #1 here. We all post dumb stuff from time to time, even me (I know it’s hard to believe). But Twitter is no place for a brain dump. Do everyone a favor and get a journal. What good does it do to share with the world that your cereal is soggy? Or what purpose is accomplished by sending a barrage of tweets ranting about how much you hate annoying people? There may be exceptions to this rule (i.e. it’s informative somehow), but most likely not.
3. Don’t link your Twitter posts to other social media accounts.
- I understand, you want Facebook friends to see your Tweets. 2 birds, 1 stone. Got it. I’ve been there myself too. But if the two were meant to be linked we’d have Tweetbook. But we don’t. Truth is Facebook is meant for one thing, Twitter another.
- I think when we post to multiple places we’re more concerned about everybody seeing what we post, rather than posting for the sake of sharing relevant info. We all need a social media spanking because we’ve gone overboard. Get over yourself and pick up the phone if you really want everyone to know what’s going on in your life (I need to be better at this, too).
- Same goes for pictures. If I wanted to look at pictures, I’d go to Instagram. Post um there, or on Facebook.
- However, Twitter wants you to post pics. So if you MUST, use twitpic or something. But no insta, please!
5. Use, but don’t abuse, #hashtags.
- A hashtag is meant to allow you to see a group of tweets with the same topic. So if 10,000 people tweet about the Boston marathon, and they all include the hashtag “#prayforboston,” you can easily see those tweets by searching for that hashtag.
- Sometimes it’s funny to post hashtags that have no significance (i.e. #averydoesnthavetwitter…it’s funny because he doesn’t). But inserting a thousand of those, in every tweet, is just ridiculous.
That is all I have to say about that, for now.