Despite the fact I wrote a post about how bloggers should do whatever the hell they want, listen to no one, rock to the beat of their own drum and all that, there’s no denying that some things on Twitter are just a no-go. Like, it’s not about “doing whatever you want” anymore, it’s simply about not being a annoying twit. And Twitter seems to be the main place where the twits of the world congregate. Where blogging is concerned, Twitter can be an exceptionally effective tool for growing your blog, making friends, getting involved and gaining opportunities. But at the end of the day, none of us want to follow a twit do we?
1. Follow / unfollow: this is probably top of the twit list but continually following then unfollowing people in order to gain more followers or whatever the hell your aim is by doing that is the most aNNOYING THING EVER JUST STOP.
2. Automated DM’s: why are automated DM’s even a thing anyway? Instead of making everything round, Twitter could have done something useful with their latest update like making auto DM’s obsolete!
3. Constant self promotion with no interaction: there’s definitely a line between using Twitter for self promo and using it to interact with others and it’s good to find a balance. No one wants to be bombarded with blog links every 10 minutes then never get a reply from the actual person behind the blog.
4. Which brings me onto my next point, ignoring people: I get it, we’re all busy and sometimes we will genuinely miss a tweet but straight up ignoring people for no reason isn’t cool. And it doesn’t make you look “cool” or more popular. It makes you look like an arse.
5. Using hash tags insensitively: you would not believe the amount of times I have seen bloggers and authors promoting their work using a hashtag which is totally inappropriate. For example, a #PrayFor hash tag when something bad happens. If you do that, you are the worst kind of person. And you literally cannot justify it.
6. Buying followers: let’s not go there with this one, just don’t do it okay?
7. Starting arguments for no reason: whatever happened to good old fashioned discussion and debate that doesn’t end in a witch hunt? It’s super important to have healthy discussions with people, especially those you don’t agree with but why must everything turn into a frantic argument?
8. Spamming everyone: I see this more so with authors who might be new to Twitter and unsure of how to go about contacting bloggers but I can guarantee, spamming 40 bloggers all with the same tweet is literally going to get you nowhere.