Mattie Message: 11 Twitter Commandments


THOU SHALL NOT TWEET ABOUT YOUR SEX LIFE
Absolutely, NOBODY wants to hear about your intimate details with another person. Trust me, NOBODY AT ALL. It is crude, disrespectful and just plain gross. Keep that for your significant other or spouse. It’s a sure way to have folks unfollow and/or disrespect you. (Especially if you’re a lady.)

THOU SHALL NOT TWEET ABOUT YOUR MONEY

Just like it’s taboo to talk about how much money you’re making, the same applies to tweeting. If you’re getting paid and loving it, great. But don’t break down what you’re making in dollars and cents. It’s tacky and then you limit yourself to a specific number. Keep that between yourself, your accountant and your bank account.

THOU SHALL NOT TWEET A CONVERSATION

Yes, I love Twitter just like anybody else, but it is not a major form of actual communication. If we’re discussing details of life or business pick up the phone. Or at least have the audacity to tweet me. A “hey, how are you?” situation between one or two tweets is fine. But please do not drag a conversation that will take 10 to 12 tweets. I don’t want to have to go back and forth when we can do this via phone or email and I’m sure no one wants to have it all over their timeline.

THOU SHALL NOT RT BACK TO BACK TO BACK

It’s one thing to retweet something incredibly clever or even a resourceful link, but it is another to retweet someone verbatim. (This doesn’t apply to business/promotional tweets.) If we wanted to know what this person was tweeting everytime, we would have followed them in the first place. So, please spare my timeline and enjoy following that person in your own timeline.

THOU SHALL NOT TWEET PLAGIRISM
Please do not tweet a quote like it is yours. I REPEAT: Please do not tweet a quote like it’s yours. Standards quotation marks should be applied even if you don’t know who said the quote. But please do not act like you were the one who originally came up with the saying/quote. If you like what someone else said on Twitter, respectfully retweet them or make note to yourself and keep it moving. Plagiarism is plagiarism. Even on Twitter.

THOU SHALL NOT TWEET HATE
Hating is not only lame in real life but it’s even worse on Twitter. Think of Twitter as a place for promotion, quick humorous blurbs or news links. Do not go on there to deliberately hate on someone. You only get 140 characters to say what you need to and hate should not be one of them.

THOU SHALL NOT TWEET AIMLESSLY
People are following you for a reason. Maybe you’re resourceful – with info on the latest fashion and entertainment news. Maybe you’re funny. Maybe you’re not. Whatever the case, do not tweet for the sake of tweeting. DO NOT TWEET JOKES THAT SUCK. Do not tweet thoughts that should have kept to yourself. Learn how to edit. I get it. Even I’ve had to fight the urge to lash out or just say something. Let’s face it tweeting is a form of entertainment and if you’re not doing that then your tweet serves no purpose.

THOU SHALL TWEET REGULARLY

If you cannot handle tweeting a few times a day or even a week, then Twitter is not for you. Twitter is an instantaneously resource that satisfy your entertainment/informational needs almost immediately. If you’re not giving me what I need from you via tweets regularly, then I can spare the following spot that I’ve given to you and give it to some who’s more interesting when they come along.

THOU SHALL NOT TWEET BEEF
Aside from immature, Twitter beef has got to be the biggest joke in history. It’s not a good look. And it just shows how too serious you probably take Twitter.

THOU SHALL NOT TWEET SPAM
An absolute sure way to have people ignore your site/product/brand is by spamming them repeatedly. @ reply people you follow or who follow you and don’t send any unannounced links. Aside from getting no response, it’s just annoying. And remember: spamming and promoting are two different things. People positively respond to promotion.

THOU SHALL TWEET AUTHENTICALLY

The best thing about Twitter is that it is fun when you’re being yourself. Don’t say things in hope of getting retweeted, just say it because that’s how you feel and maybe it can help anyone else that feels like you. Tweet articles or posts that have helped you, favorite tweets so you don’t forget about a certain events and follow others who support and acknowledge you. Twitter is already very limiting at 140 characters, so the absolute worst thing you can do on there is not be real.

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One Response to Mattie Message: 11 Twitter Commandments

  1. I’m guilty of some but I love twitterville! lol

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