Four Ways to Annoy Your Twitter Followers
By: Terri Zwierzynski
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Last month I wrote about the Four Ways You are Annoying Your Facebook Friends. I’d like to follow that up today with the same thing, but this time on Twitter.
Many of these are simply newbie mistakes…understandable, but I hope as a newbie you’ll fix these quickly.
- Sending an automated DM. Yes this functionality is built-in to many twitter interactive suites (like SocialOomph, etc.) along with the auto-follow feature. A word to the wise: I get a lot of DMs and if they aren’t personalized with my name (my real name, not my Twitter handle), I ignore them.
- Adding me to your Mafia family, etc.. Ugh! While I do play games online, I don’t really want to be inundated with these silly notices. I often unfollow people who send me these…I’m pretty sure I’m not alone!
- Every other tweet is to your program, product, or other sales page. I cringe when I see this. Read my lips: Twitter is not the place to sell stuff, it’s a place to share information and build relationships. If you build real relationships, then sales, alliance opportunities and other good things will happen. But if you go on twitter with the intent to sell something, I guarantee you will fall flat.
- Completely automating/delegating your Twitter stream. I use a fair bit of automation in my twitter stream, automatically tweeting blog posts, new articles posted at Solo-E, etc. I also delegate the posting of announcements about teleclasses and other events to one of my trusted VAs. But I’m also on Twitter at least a couple of times daily, responding to tweets, creating new personally-written tweets, and hand-picking interesting information to retweet. If you turn your Tweet stream into a one-way communication, you are missing the point, and missing the opportunity to really connect with folks! Please don’t completely rely on automated/pre-scheduled tweets, or delegate the whole thing to a VA. Get on Twitter and be real!
Ok, those are my pet Twitter peeves…what are yours? Please add them in the comments below!
Terri Z is
The Solo-CEO: a self-employed internet marketing consultant to solo entrepreneurs, freelance writer, and grassroots promoter of the
solo entrepreneur lifestyle. She runs www.Solo-E.com, the resource website for solo entrepreneurs which attracts thousands of visitors monthly from over 100 countries on six continents.
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