From the desk of Ben Johnson…
With the increasing amount
of people flocking to Twitter, it isn’t a surprise that Twitter etiquette is
still being defined. While many of these are old news to the veteran tweeters,
this is more about helping out the noobs and maybe the veterans that have
become a tad lazy. Remember “manners don’t cost a thing,” even on Twitter.
Be all you can be. Make sure your bio
describes who you are and what you do. Upload a recognizable photo of yourself
and stick with it. Your photo becomes more recognizable than your Twitter
handle and therefore can be the deciding factor to read or move on.
Don’t be a copycat. While it is fine to RT information you find interesting, no one wants to follow someone who doesn’t have any original content. Be more than a personal RSS feed and tweet something about your day, something you saw, or news that interests you.
You won’t hurt anyone’s feelings. If you don’t like someone’s
content then unfollow them. Be aware that there is a service called Qwitter
emails you to inform you who unfollowed you and the tweet that might have
caused the unfollow.
Enforce neighborhood watch. Twitter has made a few
clean sweeps to rid spammers and botnets but it is still your responsibility to
report spam that crosses your feed. You can easily report spam by going to the
spammer’s page and clicking “report for spam.”
It’s called social media for a reason. Twitter is social by design and therefore try to interact with people you follow. If someone tweets a question, reply back. If someone needs a restaurant recommendation, recommend one.
Dirty mouth? Clean it up! Keep your tweets free from
derogatory language. Remember what you tweet can be viewed by anyone on
Twitter. Would you want your grandmother to see that?
Verbal vomit. Make sure to include
context when you @ reply, not only does it rid the global feed from useless tweets
but also helps your followers understand what you are saying. Don’t replying
with “yes”, “no”, “LOL”, “that’s funny”, “I know”.
Don’t hide. Being transparent is just as important on Twitter. If you recommend a brand, product, or service and they are your client or you were paid to check them out make sure you say so.
T.M.I. (Too Much Information) Tweets are intended to
encourage dialogue among all of your followers, so if they turn into a private
conversation then switch over to a direct message.
RT a RT. You only need one RT when you are retweeting a RT from a friend.