5 Things You Should Never Do on Twitter

5 things you should never do on twitter
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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?

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Hi! I'm Helen and I am a 32 year old biracial millennial mom raising two multiracial children. I am a writer, English consultant, and social media manager. I am a self-proclaimed chocoholic.

20 thoughts on “5 Things You Should Never Do on Twitter

  1. To be fair, the people who are going to block me for being rude probably deserved it. Nazis, transphobes, and generally unpleasant people are not owed my kindness.

    Although, I prefer to block *them* first and avoid all that. 🙂

    1. Of course, if people are being rude to you on Twitter, then you have every right to ignore or block them. We must always try to have an atmosphere of positivity and happiness on our platforms.

  2. The grammar thing is a big one for me. There are so many tools that help with spelling and grammar, so obvious mistakes are hard to forgive. Or am I being pedantic?

    All the best, Michelle (michellesclutterbox.com)

    1. Agreed. Coming across a tweet that contains various misspelled words helps to reduce the credibility and validity of the twitter user.

  3. I like these things you mention and I just wanted to add one which is more directed towards bloggers who use Twitter to promote their site…. First of all they shouldn’t be spammy about tagging the whole internet and then using every hashatg created since the beginning of time… Second but most importantly to not just post a link and say New Blog Post Out or read my blog spice it up a lil give a short snippet of what its about so someone who has no idea what you write can figure out if its something they want to read..
    You will find someone complaining about how no one clicks on their blog links on twitter then you look at the links and…. yeah.


    1. Absolutely, I 100% agree. I am often annoyed and put off by people who promote with thousands of hashtags. I am a strong believer that two or three hashtags are sufficient. We don’t want to overwhelm the audience. Although I read in another article recently that not using any hashtags in promotional posts can increase engagement because of the fact that the audience has one less link to click away from. I’ve tried it on my twitter page and I’ve been getting more engagement from a promotional post without any hashtags.

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