Tweet That?

This message from the eloquent Twitter office was in my inbox this morning.

Aggressive following and tweeting?

Twitter, I follow 291 people and yesterday I tweeted 10 times in a 24-hour time period.

It’s probably a glitch in the system, as I am still able to access my account, but the email did make me think about Twitter etiquette.



My Top 5 Twitter Etiquette Rules

Love Yourself (But Not Too Much) When all of your Tweets are promoting you and your latest blog post, product, etc – people stop paying attention to you. Take a few Tweets a day to promote your post, but leave it there. If people want to read your blog, they’ll will.

Common Sense is Not Common… And there is tons of proof of that statement on Twitter. So you ate a bad piece of chicken and now you’ve got the runs – I’m sorry for you, but I don’t want to know about it.

#Stop #With #The #Overuse #of #Hashtags You see my point, right?

Private Conversations Should be private It’s great to Tweet back and forth with a friend a few times, but when your Tweets turn into full-blown 140 character conversations – it’s time to either pick up the phone, write an email, or send a text.

Living in Twitter Land When I see Tweets from people like “Right now I’m having the most romantic dinner EVER!” or “Loving spending time with my family.” I stop and think why are you tweeting about that? I guess that’s more real life etiquette. Live in the moment – not on Twitter.*

*I’m not talking about random life stuff like, “Headed to Vegas with the girls!” – just things that require you to be in the moment with people you love.

What are some things you’d add to the Book of Twitter Etiquette?

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24 Responses to Tweet That?

  1. thank you, thank you, and thank you. especially #1. it absolutely kills me when I have to read 700 tweets a day promoting a new post. if you’re going to do it, do it a few times throughout the day. and sprinkle normal twitter fodder in with it. :)

    I should stop. I love that we’ve had this convo. ;)

  2. Allison says:

    based on the last line of the email “complete our twitter free offers” it makes it seem more like a spam/phishing email to get you to give a 3rd party your information.

    • Colleen says:

      I think you’re right. I realized that after I read it a second time. Good thing I didn’t fill out any info! Thanks for the head’s up! :)

  3. This is so true. In fact, I might tweet it ahaha. Anywho-I hate seeing people promote their posts like it’s their job. Like really-I am subscribed to your blog. I’ll read it when I can. And tweeting conversations…there is direct message for a reason.

  4. That e-mail reminds me of the time I got my parents’ AOL account suspended for sending my Backstreet Boy newsletter to 3000 subscribers back in the 90s. Too funny.

  5. Agree with number one…how do people have time to promote a new post every 3 minutes, anyway??

  6. Thank you!!!! I completely agree!!!!! People are way to into promoting themselves on twitter! Like enough already with the constant tweets all day about your blog… A few is fine but some people go OVERBOARD!

  7. Dorsa says:

    I agree with your tweet rules :)

    on that note… I am sitting at my desk right now #boredoutofmymind #work #Iamawesome

  8. Awesome Post! I love all of them and agree :-) And the last one is too sad… I think a lot of people today are too consumed by technology and the internet that they forget t actually enjoy the real moment. Talk about it after, not during!

  9. Thank you!!!! So true – especially the self promotion. Enough is enough, people ;)

  10. Totally agree with all of these…especially those that tweet 32947897345 times a day. Sometimes it’s just best to take a step back & enjoy life, then tweet about how great your day was.

  11. Gina B. says:

    Add on rule, although I think it goes with #1—Multiple tweets within minutes of each other with pictures of yourself/your outfit/your accessories…you get where I’m going! It’s like the verbal self-promotion wasn’t enough, and we all need the visual #unnecessary #over-the-top #I’m just spoofin’ on your rule #3 because I couldn’t agree more! ;)

  12. Brittany says:

    I LOVE THIS. Hashtags are overused way too much and people need to calm themselves with them! Everything doesn’t need to be hashtagged. I agree with #1 too. I usually put one tweet about a new post that’s it. It drives me crazy when I scroll down my feed and there are like 15 tweets of the same thing haha.

  13. haha so funny! I agree – although I can sometimes be a little excessive on the wtitter front. It’s so freaking addicting. There are some things though that should stay OFF of twitter!!

  14. Katy says:

    I also think it sounded like Spam. I’m glad you didn’t fill anything out!

    And, yes to the 5,000 tweets about your new blog post. One, twice, maybe thrice a day, but that’s IT! And hastags don’t bother me SOOOOO much, but let’s make a whole sentence of them, you know?!

  15. I couldn’t agree more about the Twitter convos… why would I want to read someones private conversations?? Uh, I don’t :P !

  16. This is such a great post — I plan on composing a “Twitter Tips” post, too =)

  17. Nikki says:

    I love this!!! So true…and so strange that they called you out on that? What the heck, Twitter?

  18. Stephanie says:

    It drives me crazy when people post links to blog posts too often. I tweet my blog once a day. I have not problem with people who tweet twice a day. Any more than that, and I’ll generally unfollow. Another pet peeve is tweeting a question, and then not acknowledging responses.

  19. STOP RETWEETING EVERYTHING. I don’t want to read other people’s Tweets all the time, I want to read your own!

  20. I’m not going to name any names but there are people who promote the same post 4 or 5 times a day. Seriously, post it once and be done with it. Also, if all you’re posting is work at home scams or other pyramid marketing shizz…I’m going to stop following you. I’m not interested so leave the hell alone.

  21. kristen @ livinlifeinlouie says:

    Love this! I just started tweeting and I can see your point on all of these! I dont even know what the hashtags are for! haha

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  23. Sarah says:

    great post! and soo true. hash tags drive me crazy, especially when they are a phrase!!! and private conversations just make me stalk people more. Yes, I am the person who tries to read the entire convo. remember that the next time you try having one ;)

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