6 Twitter Habits To Adopt, and before that I had posted Why you’re losing followers – and how to stop it happening. Today, I am posting the 6 Twitter Habits to Avoid.
There are some particularly annoying things that tweeps do, and you should be careful not to become one of those people. Below are these annoying things:
1. AUTO DM
The problem with auto messaging people, if you’re promoting something in the message, is that the chances are you haven’t hit your target audience. Sure, people who follow you are interested in the same thing, or just like your picture, but they are a whole range of ages. This makes for ineffective marketing.
If you’re just sending out ‘Thanks for the follow’ auto messages, they’ll probably get ignored. Or lost. Often important messages get swallowed up and hidden amongst the spam and auto messages. Sometimes because there are so many unimportant messages surrounding them , and sometimes because the person has stopped looking at DMs because of the constant spam and auto DMs.
Don’t do it, it’s pointless.
2. ‘TWITTER ART’
3. WAFFLING ON
There’s something different about the wiring of a tweeps brain. You see, after using twitter for a while an automatic process begins. A tweeps brain will skim a tweet, register whether it is worth a deeper look and then move on...all in a couple of seconds. If your tweet is the full 140 characters, filled with big words, multiple hashtags or long links (or all of those) then the brain will stop at skimming it. It won’t even process the information. Why? Because it’s Twitter.
Twitter is at its most effective when filled with short, sharp, to-the-point tweets. Anything more belongs on Facebook.
4. THE FOLLOW-UNFOLLOW
Unfortunately, Twitter is riddled with tweeps who play this pesky game. They follow you, and because they share the same interests or tweet cool stuff, you follow back. You know what’s coming next...they unfollow you.
People do this when they want a lot of potential customers, or just to be ‘Twitter famous’. Some people never notice they’ve been unfollowed. Luckily, you can keep an eye on your followers to see who decides to play this game. All you have to do is use managing software, which I mentioned in my habits to adopt post.
Then again, you can spot these people easily because their following number is waaayy lower than their followers number. Don’t play the game – you’ll most likely get caught.
5. RETWEET SPREES
Pretty self-explanatory really – you go online, retweet a bunch of crap for five minutes solid, clog up your followers’ timelines so they can’t see the good stuff, and then log off.
This is a sure fire way to lose a lot of followers.
6. TWEET CYCLES
Don’t confuse this with scheduling tweets. Scheduling tweets is good for saving time and recycling old blog posts etc.
Tweet cycles are when someone schedules a day’s worth of tweets and then sets it on loop. This means those same tweets, in the same order, get posted. Every day. Forever. Well, until they get the hint and stop it. But some never get the hint.
Why is tweet cycling bad? Because you’re never actually tweeting. Your followers don’t know you, they know those crappy links you keep sending their way. They’ll just unfollow you, because you’re not giving them anything worth hanging around for.
Oh, and sometimes these people actually tweet a real, unplanned tweet. Once in a blue moon. Dn’t get excited, it doesn’t mean they’re changing!
So there you have it.
Do you have any Twitter pet peeves? Have you noticed any other bad habits? Do you agree with my suggestions?