It's easy to get excited about something new–I usually do. But before you get excited about Twitter and "tweet" like a madman, there are some things you should know.
If you're tweeting for business and you commit some inappropriate Twitter acts, people won't like it. Those who have been on Twitter for awhile, whom I like to call "Twitter Veterans", can be a bit harsh to newbies. Not just newbies, but newbies who act like newbies.
They'll be the first to put you in your place. By telling you they're blocking you as spam, calling you out on an inappropriate Twitter act, or making fun of you behind your back.
At first glance, your new Twitter account will look like just that: a new account. And people will assume you're new to the Twitter realm. If you follow these tips, you will soon look like a "Twitter Veteran", too.
- Make your tweets valuable.
- Avoid over-tweeting.
- Communicate with others; it's not all about you.
- Work on developing relationships.
- Use a real photo of yourself for your avatar.
- Tell us about yourself in your bio.
- Thank people who mention you in a special list, such as #FollowFriday (#FF), to show your appreciation.
- Thank people who retweet your tweets.
- If you personalize your reply or direct message (DM), use the recipient's real name. Otherwise don't personalize.
- Don't use auto-DMs.
- If you insist on using auto-DMs, don't go over 140 characters.
- If you send a DM to a new follower, keep it short. Say something like, "Thanks for the follow, John."
- Don't pitch people through a reply or DM.
- Don't add people to your e-mail list without their permission.
Now you're ready to take your tweeting to the next level. Have at it!
Do you have any Twitter pet peeves? Share them with us in the comments section below.