THIS POST HAS BEEN GIVEN THE FOLLOWING RATING:
Sarcasm level: 7/10. Rant level: 9/10
Why write about what people need to stop doing on Twitter?
Nope, it’s not because I want to spread negative energy. It’s not because I’ve morphed into a grumpy old woman who only writes rants…although…there have been a few!
Annoying Things About Blogging
the Donald Twunt one
keyboard warriors and much more
and er…the s***sttorm post about Malta
No, it’s actually because ages ago, I was involved in a conversation about Twitter
following this post by Debs’ Random Writings. Everyone on the chat said they find auto DM’s (like the ones by Crowdfire) just irritating. A couple of them who are very good blogging friends of mine, urged me to write about this when I made the mistake of admitting I hated this aspect of Twitter too. #MeAndMyBigTwitterMouth. So I sat down initially to write about DM’s…but then…
I got thinking of All. The. Other. things that irritate me about the Twitterverse! Voilà, a post about what people need to stop doing on Twitter was born.
Now first things first. I LOVE TWITTER, let’s be clear!
I never thought I’d say that as I just didn’t get it at first, loathed the messy format and took great affront at the 140 limit. Seriously, I am prone to using ten words when five would do the job. So, asking me to communicate in 140 character morsel-ettes felt more painful than my three c-sections put together. Twitter had to be kidding me. So I didn’t bother with it.
Fast forward and I can’t even recall what got me to take another stab at it. But take another stab I did. And got hooked, as you can see from point 3 of my Confessions of a Guilty Blogger post. I’ve been told I’m ‘good at Twitter’ and called ‘Queen of the Hashtag’ by Mum Revised and Life with Baby Kicks (thank you ladies…cheque’s in the post). Alright, I can’t build relationships with every single follower but I love what I do get out of Twitter: the camaraderie, the laughs!, content sharing, discovering amazing tweeps with interesting opinions and of course brands.
I don’t have a massive following, (4600 at the time of writing), because I just don’t put any effort into that side but it hums away nicely at a pace I’m happy with, growing daily, and one that I can manage. It’s so easy to get caught up in the numbers game and become obsessed with wanting as huge a following as possible. However, for me Twitter is about:
- building mutually beneficial working relationships
- enjoying content that I can relate to or learn from
- and growing my following in an organic genuine way.
Would I love a following of literally thousands? Well I wouldn’t complain! I’m only human so the blogger ego would be nicely fed. But actually how beneficial is that x-thousand strong following when it is impossible to have meaningful interaction with that many people? No. Forget it.
Anyway, even though I’m a big fan of Twitter, I’m afraid I do need to moan about the five things I wish people would stop doing on Twitter!
1) FOLLOWING ME, THEN UNFOLLOWING ME AS SOON AS I FOLLOW BACK
No surprises here or explanation required. It’s easily the thing most Tweeps hate about the platform. Utterly rude. End of.
2) UNFOLLOWING ME BARELY TWO DAYS AFTER I FOLLOWED BACK, JUST BECAUSE I HAVEN’T YET FOLLOWED BACK!
Oh please, must we really do this? Newsflash: some people are busy with work, kids, home life, studying, maybe even having leisure time (the sheer audacity!). Learn some Twittiquette and give people a frickin chance to follow you back would you?! I don’t mean YOU you, dear reader, I mean them…you know what I mean. This image just sums it up for me…it’s like ‘follow me or I’ll just walk off in a huff!’
3) FOLLOWING ME AND ASKING ME TO FOLLOW BACK
Amazingly, people generally do this after they’ve barely exchanged two words with me and equally amazing: they do it after RT’ing something off mine, as if merely sharing my content to get my attention and reel me in. Don’t get me wrong: I’m very grateful if a tweep retweets me. However:
I didn’t know RT’ing had become the new ransom: ‘I retweeted you, now follow me back or else’.
Heavens above. Do they really have to behave like a five year old at a birthday who can’t stop asking for their party bag? Grow up.
4) TWEETING ME EACH TIME THEY PUBLISH A POST
Yes, I do send out tweets for #BloggersCafe the blogger chat show series I host with Helen of Just Saying Mum, the #OopsFiles my ’embarrassing stories’ series featuring brave shameless bloggers (!) and #CandidCuddles, the linky I run with Becky called #CandidCuddles. It’s generally accepted as part of hosting/publicising a series. But every post I publish? Do I tweet my entire catalogue of posts to the same poor soul? Er. No.
I get it, we all want to be read. I can’t remember where I saw it (and if I did I would credit the source) but someone said
Twitter is like standing in the middle of a 5-lane motorway at rush hour shouting into the loudest megaphone, only for nobody to listen.
It can be hard to get the views on a post you’ve put hours of love and work into and there are only so many ways to promote your content and get it seen. I honestly don’t mind being tweeted the link to a post by someone with whom I’ve interacted regularly and people with whom I have a blog relationship. I see the logic in being informed of the latest post in a guest series I myself have participated in or being told of a new linky.
After all, this is a social media channel so let’s be social and use this media method to publicise ourselves, so far so understandable. But there has to be a level of ‘measuredness’ and finesse and sensitivity. Frankly, being bombarded out of the blue by a blogger I barely know, with whom I’ve had the minimum of interaction, each time they bring out a post leaves a bad taste in my mouth. I am not as irritated by this as I am by the above but still…!
5) THE WORST HUMDINGER OF THEM ALL…THE ONE THAT MAKES MY TEETH HURT! AUTOMATED THANK YOU DM’S
I was going to apologise in advance to anyone reading this who uses auto DM’s. But frankly, if they are relying on a piece of software to thank people, it’s highly unlikely they’ve ever made it to my blog and won’t see this anyway.
Why does it irk me so much? Where do I start?
Firstly, isn’t the whole essence of thanking someone about the sincerity of that thanks? Alright, it’s a sweeping generalisation to imply that all tweeps who use auto DM’s are an insincere bunch. But really what is the thought process, signing up to an app that thanks people on their behalf?? How is that supposed to encourage me to even bother interacting with them?
Secondly, receiving a “Hey thanks for following” and the even more annoying “Check out my Facebook/Instagram/Pinterest/Google+/website/granny’s local bridge club/whatever else I can harangue you into following…” message and sometimes the special added bonus of ‘Dear Absolutely’ I could silently scream. That is single-handedly the most effective way to make sure I don’t look at any of their stuff. (Which is a shame as I obviously had looked at their Twitter timeline before deciding to follow them only to be met with that dumbass DM.) I guess it works for people who are into the numbers game, and not the genuine relationships and engagement I mentioned earlier…
I love love Twitter. But sometimes…
It turns me into a grumpy woman with a leaning towards sarcasm and ranting.
And sometimes…I think the name should be changed to Twatter.
Right, excuse me, I’m off to thank some people and follow them back.
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