Twitter can be really fun. However, it can also feel like walking into a rowdy Wild West bar… that’s on fire. People shouting, hashtags flying about, auto-dms punching you in the face…
Here are my biggest pet peeves in the wild world of Twitter and some way to avoid them.
These, for me, are one of the most annoying things out there. It’s like waving to someone across the street and having them chase you down, throwing buisness cards like ninja stars at you. Not fun.
Quick-fix: Turn off the auto-dm and focus on making real connections.
“My hubby bought me a latte and a donut, AND people think he looks like James Franco. #blessed”
“I never work out but somehow always fit in a size 0. #luckyme”
“Ugh, having a ten bedroom mansion makes it SO HARD to find a missing sock. Thank goodness for the maid. #crisisadverted”
“Only spent 813 bucks at Whole Foods! That’s what I call pennypinching. #success”
Quick fix: It’s one thing to share good news. It’s another to constantly mention things that a lot of people don’t have. Ask yourself if you’re sharing a good thing or if you’re bragging to make yourself feel better.
3. All Output
Read my book! Read my blog post! Read my joke! Read my mind! LOOK AT MY PHOTOS! LOOK AT MEEEEEEEEEE
(As an extrovert, I’m guilty of this one.)
Quick fix: Try to respond to your friend’s tweets too, or retweet their interesting blog posts. You don’t want your feed to be all you tweeting. Interact.
4. Shouting at Celebrities
J.K. Rowling will not blurb your book. Jennifer Lawerence will not marry you. Robert Carlyle will not give you Once Upon A Time spoilers.
Quick fix: First, ask if your tweet is polite enough you’d send it to a coworker. Then, make sure you’re not the 357th person responding to the celeb’s post.
4. Too many hashtags
I #wrote a #book. It’s #fun #magical #YA #Checkitout #amreading #amwriting #amhashtaging
It’s hard to read tweets like this. I catch myself scrolling past them because they look like spam. Also, if you use more than four hashtags, Twitter will actually flag the tweet as spam and not show it in searches, etc. Use minimal, powerful hashtags. (For example, don’t hashtag common words like “book”, instead use tags like #amreading)
Also, respect hashtags created by others. If you see people tweeting thoughts with a hashtag on the end, perhaps like #yesallwomen or #mswl, don’t just assume you can use the hashtag for whatever you want. Some are part of a converstation started by specific people, about specific topics. Some are only used by certain people. For example, #askagent is only for when agents are going to answer questions. Don’t put it on your tweet about a book.
5. Putting other books down/linking authors to negative reviews
*please note, this doesn’t mean “thou shalt not negatively review books”
What this means is A. derailing a book conversation.
Person A: I loved Harry Potter! Best book series ever
Person B: Me too. I wish Draco had a better arc
Perscon C: Fav books ever!
Person D:* tags everyone else in the convo* HARRY POTTER IS STUPID AND YOU’RE ALL STUPID FOR LIKING IT.
Yeah. Just don’t. If the person isn’t asking for opinions on the book, you don’t have to tell them yours. Likewise, be careful about tagging authors in your tweets. If someone is asking for book recommendations, and you tag the author, you’re bringing that author into a conversation where people could end up stating why they don’t like that author’s book
Person A: I need a book with beagle puppies as main characters
Person B: Wishbone series!
Person A: Cool, but I’m looking for books.
Person C: I love BEAGLE MYSTERY MURDERS by @PUPPYAUTHOR
Person B: Yeah but @Puppyauthor writes the STUPIDEST BOOKS EVER.
@puppyauthor goes and cries in a corner.
Quick Fix: Be polite
6. Not Giving Credit to Artists
Twitter person: HEY LOOK AT THIS GREAT ART!
Quick tip. If you want to retweet some cool fan art, FIND THE ARTIST. You can use google image search to do so. Not doing so is really unfair to the artist who has done so much work.
So, there’s my biggest pet peeves on Twitter. What are yours?