5 Things to Avoid on Twitter
Posted on 22. May, 2010 by Julius.
Twitter is very popular these days. But there are lot of people that certainly don’t use it right. I got to admit that I haven’t been the most active person on Twitter, yet there are a few things that always annoy me.
I just want to briefly cover 5 points in this article.
Why would anyone use validation services? Just to see whether the person that just followed you is truly a valid person? I always think that when someone sends me a direct message saying I am using this Validation service please click .. that I have just validated that I am human by following you.
And why would you even care if it’s just an automated service that follows you? It’s not like that service is going to send you anything. You only profit from having more followers don’t you?
Two Twitter Accounts to Retweet Each Other
I can understand why people would have multiple Twitter accounts. But there are always these people that use one account to write about their new articles. Then they switch to the other and retweet what they have just send out of the other account.
It’s a lot easier if you just spend the time instead on trying to build up a relationship with other bloggers. It’s a little bit pathetic. I mean of course are you trying to get more exposure but that’s definitely not the best way to get it.
Using Twitter to Make Money
I don’t think that Twitter is designed as a place where people should be making money. I believe that Twitter is about being social and making money just doesn’t fit into that category. I think it’s approriate to tweet about a website of yours where you have put some affiliate links. In the end this will make you money.
But I believe it’s wrong to use all these advertising services such as Ad.ly or others as long as they don’t add any value to your followers.
Only Promoting Your Content
Twitter is not about promoting your content. And yes that is partly what everyone, who is new to blogging, has been taught. But social media is about connecting with other people and especially Twitter is a great place to meet new bloggers.
Nobody is going to follow you for a long time if all you do is to promote your own content. You need to create a conversation, something that is valuable to both sides. You just can’t have a one way conversation. Both parties need to be involved.
Not Engaging Other People
Twitter is one of the best social media web sites to get to know new people. If you don’t engage other people you are missing out on a great opportunity. Support other people and help them spread the word and they will do the same thing for you.
You only need to make the first step. And that’s the crucial part most people don’t understand. Take the first step, engage other people and help them. And ultimately everything will come back to you.
What do you think? What is bad practice on Twitter? Do you agree with my points?