I have been on Twitter since 2008, way before it was cool to be on Twitter. Twitter was simple, it was quiet and the best part, Tweens and spammers were not around then. Now, the most common question I get when I talk to someone is, are you on Twitter? Twitter is not rocket science when it comes to using it, I just wish people learned how to use it better. This is a list that I have compiled about what I think are some of the most common issues that not just myself but everyone else I am sure have encountered on Twitter.
1. The Geography Challenged
Small businesses or individuals who run their own business who do not understand geography. If a person cannot get access to your service or buy your products then you need to find people who are closer to you to follow. I recently had a mortgage broker from Surrey, BC follow me. That is great that you are following me but if I need a mortgage I think I am going to find one closer to home out here in Ontario. I appreciate the follow but a lesson here is to find individuals on Twitter who are in the same geographical radius as you in order to draw in business. These are the kinds of people who you want to attract to your bricks and mortar shop and hopefully become regular customers. Do not try to waste your time chasing after people who live on the other side of the country unless you are friends or interact frequently with them.
People who post their music videos on my Twitter feed. I get those kind of tweets “Hey you like alternative rock, here is my video…” or something to that effect. I go and click on their profile to check them out and all I see on their timeline is the same tweet said over and over to individuals. You just made yourself to look like a spammer, that is not a great impression to make. Tweet about your video, but use hashtags in your tweet to help to be found. Do not go around tweeting your videos one by one to people, that is such a waste of time and a total turnoff for lots of people. Also try not to just use Twitter if you want to promote something, use Facebook, YouTube, blogs, etc to help make your pitch.
3. TWEETS ALL IN CAPITAL LETTERS…WHY IS THERE THE NEED FOR THIS????? NONE!!!! STOP IT!!!!! Typing in all capital letters is like yelling at someone, use your conversation voice which should be relaxed instead of sounding angry.
4. Twitter Trolls
Those people who don’t tweet much but like to start-up trouble. I have had quite a few encounters with these kind of Twitter folk. They try to pick a fight with you, say nasty stuff to you…block them, report them if you have to. Focus on your energy on something better, do not waste your time with trolls.
5. Auto Reply Messages
I hate them so much, they are so fake and if I get one, guess what? You just lost a follower. This is most common when you just begin to follow somebody and usually minutes later you get a private message, saying for example thanks for the follow, here is a link to my website. You are not a robot, do not sound like one! Take the time to actually message someone back and show your real appreciation that they are following you. I just find auto reply only to be useful in emails if you are going to be away and so you let people know who send you emails that you are not going to be responding back until a certain date.
6. Going hashtag crazy in a tweet
Too many hashtags can really drown out what you are trying to say. I usually like to cap it at three hashtags to keep the message readable.
7. Not sending a response back
Send back a message in a timely manner. Someone took the time to send you a message, please be kind and message back, do not ignore them.
8. The constant need to take selfies
Ok really did you need to take 100 pictures of yourself and post it on Twitter every single day? Do you need to have attention 24/7? The answer is no, so don’t waste your time, selfies attract creepers so have fun dealing with them.
9. People who claim to be Twitter or Social Media gurus
1. I hate the word guru. 2. Congrats you know how to write a phrase in under 140 characters but when I look at your profile, it looks like you are a spammer. There has to be at least several hundred thousand of these “gurus” floating around on Twitter.
10. Spam Bots
Spammers always have to ruin everything, you cannot escape them, they are like pesky flies you can’t get rid of ever! It is easy to spot a spam bot, no or little followers and their user name is rather odd like @rubyblueuiqk0z and if you click on their time line, the wording is the same in a lot of their tweets. No you will not get a free iPad if you follow them or RT them lol. I curse the person or people who developed spam bots. Twitter, why have you not fixed this issue yet???