Almost a year ago I wrote about my favorite LinkedIn pet peeves, which spurned a great list of 25 LinkedIn etiquette tips that arose from a discussion on the LinkedIn Executive Suite Group. As I tend to spend more time on Twitter than LinkedIn these days, I think it’s time to focus on that social networking platform and talk about what drives me, and others, crazy about what users are doing on it.
Just as with LinkedIn, Twitter has its own unique sets of functionalities which creates the potential for different types of behavior. With Twitter, the root of most of my pet peeves stems from the fact that there is a lot that you can automate on the platform. Want to auto-followback those who follow you? There’s an application for that. Automatically send a Direct Message to your new Followers? No problem! Want to schedule the same tweet to repeat itself every 24 hours? Can do! I am all for automation if it allows me to spend more time on creating content and interacting with others. But on the flip side, social interaction cannot be automated!
To create this post, I actually shot a video of a regular meeting that I have with two other social media bloggers here in Orange County, California discussing this topic. These two gentlemen are on my blogroll, but you should also be checking out their blogs as they come both highly recommended: Tim Tyrell-Smith and his Tim’s Strategy blog on Career Management and Kevin Liebl‘s blog on Leadership. I hope to post future videos from our chats, and we are open to chatting about what you want to hear, so please comment as you wish!
As you can see from our conversation, automation seems to be the root of all evil. If I had to list my 10 favorite Twitter pet peeves, they would be:
- Only self-promoted tweets…using Twitter as a broadcasting channel.
- Automated Direct Messages
- Self-promoting Direct Messages
- No profile photo…who are you?
- Putting more than one location in your profile…where are you?
- Using a brand name for your Twitter handle. How can you claim to be who you are?
- Only tweeting automated RSS feeds…using Twitter as a broadcasting channel.
- @Reply spam…I block these tweeps and report for spam every time.
- Following way too many people in comparison to the number of followers you have.
- Too many quotes. Do that many people really enjoy all of those quotes from famous people?
What are your favorite Twitter pet peeves?
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