I recently went over the 1,500-tweets mark.
In all my tweety time, I have recognized the same behaviors I see in life: rude, pushy, asinine, bothersome, annoying, hard-sell, read me, buy me, like me…
When I started my Twitter account, I followed a lot of people (writers, publishers, agents, bloggers) just to get a Twitter groove going, ya dig? I hoped people would follow me back – I did not stalk them if they didn’t.
Look at my …
Writers who tweet their book, their Amazon sales, their five-star reviews. And nothing else. Give us a break. Post something interesting or helpful, will ya?
Some people post a vague link and that’s all. “See this,” “Look at this,” “Read this.” Why should I? Give me a clue! Entice me!
Please re-tweet me. Um, no. Please like my fan page. Again, no.
I follow someone because they look like a human being. Immediately I get a, “Check out my book on Amazon!” “Check out my awesome blog!” “Follow my fan page!” I’d be more likely to look at your stuff if you come back to me with a “Hey, I see you grew up in Delaware!” or a “I see you are a grandma! So am I,” or a “I see you blogged about Twitter nim-rods…”
You follow me, and then I look at your Twitter account. You follow 36,000 others. Really? Then why would you care about little ole me?
We have all received these – “I just saw a picture of you …” Unless it’s a picture of me at 16 y.o. in the orange bikini (yeah, I was that hot), I’m not gonna look at it. Duh-lete.
You quote Poe, King, Angelou, President Lincoln, President Roosevelt, President Kennedy; you quote Fortune 500 power-houses and Saints and dictators and artists and musicians… Have an original thought, will ya?
Super-human-steroid book tweeters
I see tweeps posting, “Love this book!” 50 books in one day. If you could read that many books in one day, you’d be on Conan and the Today Show.
Re-tweet me and I will re-tweet you back. Ick. No. I am not for sale (not without a coupon).
Will re-tweet anything
Are you re-tweeting to garner favors? Don’t. Retweet when you actually read that book, that blog, or if you actually agree with that tweet.
Your last 50 tweets are thank yous
Boring. If you want to thank someone, send them a personal message. Don’t make the rest of us watch it.
Tweet @@@@@@@@ lists
Who reads these? You post a list of twitter names with “Great writer” or “The Best!” or “Deserves treats.” If I am so awesome, I would rather you single me out and say something way-cool about me.
Your profile photo
If you are a person (not a company), then I would prefer to see a real picture. Not a caricature or your cat. The last time I saw a cat send a tweet was when he swallowed a canary.
And the profile
Your profile is all about your books. Snore. Okay, you’re a writer, I get it. Put something in your profile about who you are. Or make me laugh. Are you a 60s hippie? A sock-puppet maker?
One does evil enough when one does nothing good. ~German Proverb
Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value. ~Albert Einstein
Twitter behavior – what bugs you? What do you love to see in your twitter feed?
17 Twitter Marketing Tips From the Pros on Social Media Examiner, by Cindy King
Don’t Be That Guy by Shannon Paul
Ten Things You Need to Stop Tweeting About on The Oatmeal
Photo – Morgue File, by beglib
Quote source – Quote Garden