Sunday, January 02, 2011

10 Twittiquette rules

Some twittiquette rules
Twittiquette: The unwritten laws of the acceptable and polite use of Twitter.

 Follow and be followed.
The entire point of Twitter is personal contact, so if someone follows you it is a good idea to reciprocate.  

If a follower leaves you don’t tweet about it.
It's not the number of followers that matters here. You’ll also look incredibly annoying and are bound to lose more followers.

Don't tweet about every single blog post you've written.
I’m guilty!!! :o

Don’t promote yourself too much.
That goes back a bit to the previous point, people will get bored of constant self promotion and will not be able to think of you as a person. They may unfollow you!

Thank someone that retweets your messages.
It will make them remember you in a positive light and they may even RT more of your messages!

Show it when you RT it!
When you re-tweet, show it’s a re-tweet (by including "RT" in the text) and credit the original author in reply format (that is, add an @ before their Twitter handle).

Don’t be rude.
Unless it is part of your persona, people won’t appreciate it.

Don’t keep tweeting the same message.
You'll bore your followers (unless its a prize!) 

Keep track of replies and direct messages and respond promptly.
It will be appreiciated and the favour will be returned! I personally am terrible at this.

Don’t publicize everything!
Tweeple don’t need to know about your foot infection, how your goldfish cheated on you or what you had for breakfast this morning.

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