It seems like all I do is blog about Twitter around here. Which, I suppose, is only right considering that’s where I spend the vast majority of my time.
I got a couple of new follower notices this morning. When I went to look at their pages to find out more about whether I will follow them back, a couple of them did two things that really sort of bug me. One seemed to do nothing but post inspirational/motivational tweets, and the other’s page was filled with nothing but “Welcome @soandso, @newbie, @scoobydoo, @buffy, @spike” and on and on.
I chose not to follow either one. I do not like motivational quotes much. I find them pretentious and annoying. But that’s just me. There are folks out there who enjoy them and find them helpful or powerful, and that’s cool. That’s also why this list of mine here is completely subjective. It’s based on what *I* like and don’t like when it comes to Twitter, tweeting, following, and unfollowing. What you like, what you can tolerate, and what you dislike about it maybe the exact opposite.
One problem with this particular list is that I have two main twitter accounts. One for my more personal tweets and one for my slightly more professional tweets. Somehow it just ended up that my @stephromanski account list became full of awesome journalists, coworkers, graphic artists and other folks who fill out the industry.
I figure my other account, the personal one would be full of stuff that might annoy the aforementioned professional peeps. I like to use Blip.fm and I mainly talk to my boyfriend on the personal one. Those tweets would probably annoy the hell out of my professional friends.
So this Do/Don’t list is aimed at those using Twitter for professional reasons rather than personal ones. Also, I guess I should say it’s geared towards media folk on Twitter.
This whole post came about from just a couple of things that bugged me this morning when I got a couple new followers. So this list is incomplete because I really do like Twitter, the good and the bad. So what I would love is if anyone reading this left some of their Twitter pet peeves and/or top things they recommend doing on Twitter in the comments. I know not everyone’s going to agree with mine and I’m cool with that
I work as the Web Editor and Social Media Coordinator for the Grand Island Independent, in Nebraska, which is owned by the Omaha World Herald.
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