Tuesday Three: Twitter tripups

Oh, I know posts on social media sins are so overdone. But today I just felt like tackling my top three pet peeves on Twitter.

Incorrect use of @usernames. Example: Niche sports site runs a post on Jeremy Lin’s top five moments. It might tweet: @JLin7 is basketball’s new wonderboy. Check out his best scores: bit.ly/whatever. If you’re starting off a tweet with an @name, it will only be visible to you, the person @named and anyone who happens to follow BOTH of you. The fix: place a full stop, quote mark, RT or something else ahead of the @name so it’s public. (I see this all the time at work, particularly by smaller businesses RTing our content, and I just don’t have time to point it out to every single one – but I think I may have to find the time!). 

Asking for retweets. Common among newbs and people who don’t get that social media is not just for pushing marketing messages. I’ve seen it too many times. “Check out my latest post on how to make money online. Please RT!” Don’t beg. It’s not pretty. Yeah, I’m calling you out.

Overuse of hashtags. “Why @Pinterest is the hottest thing ever! #tech #socialmedia #marketing #digital #pinterest” It’s ugly. It looks amateur. It makes many of us a lot less likely to even look at your tweet. One or two appropriate hashtags at a time will suffice.

4 thoughts on “Tuesday Three: Twitter tripups

  • Reply Vanessa Pagé March 6, 2012 at 14:57

    Ooooh, thanks! I honestly never knew why people wrote RT in front of tweets before. I’ll try and remember this 🙂

  • Reply Kara March 7, 2012 at 09:37

    I haaaaate seeing so many “Can I get a RT?” posts on Twitter. It’s lazy, annoying, and pointless. One or two celebrities that I follow RT that stuff constantly. It’s lazy tweeting, IMO.

  • Reply American Debt Project March 8, 2012 at 09:24

    Great tips. Not to mention, begging for followers or abusing #FF. I did that a lot when I started. Now I shout out to one or two new people I’ve discovered each week and don’t worry how many followers I have. It will grow eventually.

  • Reply John | Married (with Debt) March 9, 2012 at 08:39

    #Wait. Have #I been #doing #this wrong the #whole time?


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