What not to do on Twitter
March 8, 2012 § 1 Comment
If you’re working on your Twitter reputation there are a few things you should probably not do. All Twitter, had some great points that I would like to emphasize. Some of these are obvious, while some are maybe not so obvious. Although these tips are for your Twitter account, they would still be great pointers for your entire social media presence.
This is a big one: don’t drink and tweet
This should be obvious, but just in case you’re doing it anyway, you should probably stop. While you’re drunk it’s likely your tweets won’t make sense, and when you can’t make sense in 140 characters people wont think you make sense in real life either. This one goes hand in hand with saying whatever you want (and by whatever I’m referring to foul language, and questionable comments). This is a bad idea. People wont take you seriously and it definitely doesn’t make your opinion/statement any better by throwing the f word into it.
Talking about your hangover
It’s really not professional or appropriate to talk about your wild night out at least not on Twitter. Save it for personal messages with your friends.
Repeating your tweets
Repeating the same tweet gets annoying for your followers. If they already read it once you’re wasting their time when they read it again. If you can’t come up with enough content to not tweet the same thing multiple times a day then cut down on the number of times you tweet, because no one likes to be told the same thing twice, or three times, or four times… I think you get the point.
Don’t spam people
We all get them, the tweets that only contain your twitter handle and a link with no explanation of what that link may be. We know it’s a virus and most of us are probably avoiding you like the plague.
Begging for followers
Yes, I’m also talking about the #followback and #teamfollowback tweets. It seems pretty desperate, and to be honest the number of followers you have shouldn’t matter, the quality and relevancy of your followers should.
Creating a professional social media reputation is important, especially if you’re looking for a job, because almost anywhere you apply is going to put your name into a google search and see what comes up. If all your potential employer sees is your party pictures and your desperate need for followers, you probably wont be getting that call back for an interview.
Bottom line: think before you post.