Twitiquette: Why You Should Watch What You Tweet

Ashton Kutcher’s recent foot-in-mouth statement about JoePa’s Penn State scandal and trending topics like #LadiesWeWantAnswers  have caused me to really think Twitter might need some rules and etiquette. At least for us classy folks.

We all  have some pretty flagrant things that we really want to tweet , but should we tweet them?

Below I Have Outlined Twitter Rules To Live By

Grammar:

Text speak isn’t cool anymore.

Just because you only have 140 characters does not mean the laws of grammar go out the window. You should still use proper grammar as much as possible because you’ll look like a fool if you don’t.  Text speak isn’t cool anymore. That’s all I’m saying!

Twitpics:

Twitpics are awesome for showing your followers what you’re up to.  However you should slow your role on the “accidental nudey pictures”. There’s no need to tweet pictures of your cleavage or your butt (I’m talking to you Coco). We really don’t want another Anthony Weiner problem on our time lines. If you’re going to send sexy pictures, don’t do it online.

Don’t Be An Ass:

If you really want to be a prick then create an account under a pseudonym, and go for it.

Some of the funniest tweets are pretty mean, but they’re often from anonymous accounts like @Lord_Voldemort7. If you’re using your real name and your tweets aren’t protected, it’s in your best interest to keep it classy. If you really want to be a prick then create an account under a pseudonym and go for it.

Don’t Tweet About Others:

Someone from class or work really irked you today, so you decide to post a passive-aggressive tweet about them or what they did because you know they’re following you and will see it. This is a bad idea. The other person will see said tweet, which will only create more drama for yourself. Or someone else will see your tweet and think it’s about them, which will also create more drama. Avoid this.

Don’t Air Your Dirty Laundry:

Twitter is not your diary. I repeat, Twitter is NOT your diary. Sure, posting about the occasional “I’m having a bad day” or “FML”, is acceptable but don’t spill your life story.

Twitter and other social media outlets are great, but use them wisely. While it’s become a bit more mainstream in the last year or so, I find a lot of people misusing it. To be fair, Twitter is a user-driven platform, so the “rules” are always changing.

But there are simple practices anyone can do on Twitter to make you not look like such a newbie jerkoff.

Here Are 15 Quick Tips (in addition to the etiquette above):

  1. Be social. Twitter is about conversation, not monologue.
  2. Say “Thank you” (a lot).
  3. Use the @ reply to publicly thank someone.
  4. Consider what your future employers might think if they saw it.
  5. Never underestimate the power of a tweet.
  6. Don’t follow someone expecting him to follow you back. Follow because you’re interested in what the person has to say. (Conversely, and somewhat ironically, if someone does follow you, it’s courteous to follow back.)
  7. Don’t hound influential people, begging them to read your blog or retweet you. Win their trust and influence by being remarkable and serving them first. My best strategy for networking is serving others.
  8. Hold back the urge to tweet too much (more than 20 times per day). If you have a lot of ideas, use a program like Hootsuite or Cotweet to schedule your tweets so that they can be spaced out.
  9. Ask questions.
  10. Don’t be afraid to ask for a retweet when it’s really important. (This is best utilized when it’s to help out someone else.)
  11. Tell the truth.
  12. Don’t tweet in the third person (Jeff hates it when you do that — it’s so Facebook circa 2008).
  13. Don’t retweet people who retweet you, unless you’re responding and quoting them. e.g. “RT @JeffGoins are you crazy?! // You bet.”
  14. Promote other people’s stuff (blog posts, photos, websites, etc.)
  15. Talk about other people more than you do about yourself. A good rule of thumb is the 20:1 ratio.

 

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