Previously, I wrote a post about the five things you should do to increase your traffic on Twitter. Today, I decided to flip that around and talk about five things you should not do on Twitter.
1–Don’t Use Bad Grammar
Even though there aren’t any Grammar Nazis on Twitter (at least, I don’t think so ), it is still a good idea to use correct grammar in your tweets. If I were to wite lik this, then what would your first impression be of me? It wouldn’t be very good, right?
Using good grammar with correct punctuation tells so much about you. For one, it says that that you can read and write English correctly. For another, it shows that that you are credible and coherent.
By writing well, the audience has already formed a good impression of you. And that is all from just using correct grammar.
2–Don’t Give Out Personal Contact Information
This is a given, but I feel like I should mention this here. You should never give out your personal address, phone number, or even your real name. The internet is a very public place, filled with a variety of people, so it is always best to be safe.
Many people use a nom de plume or a username in place of their real name. But if you do have to use your real name because of your account being affiliated with your job or your published works, then please be safe. If you must give out an address for the fans, then please consider getting a P.O. Box. As for a phone number, consider getting a secondary phone, to keep your “work” and “personal” contacts separate.
It pays to be cautious and safe on social media.
3–Don’t Be Rude
In the real world, we are expected to be polite and have decorum. The same rules apply online, even though we can’t see or hear the people we are communicating with. If anything, we should be even more mindful of our behavior and words when we are online because of the permanence of the Internet.
Being rude in your replies or tweets will only cause further animosity. It will cause people to block you. And that will make for a very lonely Internet existence. And who wants that?
4–Don’t Follow Mindlessly
However tempting it may be to go on Twitter and start clicking “follow” next to every username that you see, I advise you to not do that. For one, it is frowned upon by Twitter. For another, following people mindlessly means that you are not giving each person careful consideration. You are just following them for the numbers and not for them, as people.
Even though Twitter is online, it is more important than ever that you give each person basic courtesy by getting to know them. After all, making strong connections is what social media is all about.
5–Don’t Overuse Hashtags
While it is common knowledge that you can use hashtags to help connect your tweets to particular niches or communities on Twitter, it is still not a good idea to use too many. Personally, I don’t know about anyone else, but I am put off by a tweet that has too many hashtags. It sends the message that that person is trying too hard to make connections. I feel that two, or three, good, strong hashtags are sufficient for helping to promote your tweet, account, and ultimately, your brand. Never overuse a good thing.
These are the five things that you should never do on Twitter.
What do you think? What is a big no-no when it comes to social media?