I’m doing this not because I loathe you, Twitter. It’s the people that occupy your space. Well, not everyone. But it’s happening enough for me to feel the need to make it official via a dedicated blog post.
- Groveling for the Re-Tweet. If you have to ask via “please RT”, then your content isn’t good enough. And/or your tweet wasn’t compelling enough to make me click through.
- The name of all major Twitter platforms, tools and products. Twellow, Twifollow, whatever just make it f’ing stop.
- Follow Friday. There, I said it. What. Although I do have a caveat to this – blog posts about interesting and useful people to follow (as Social Search Marketer does) are cool. It’s just that I won’t follow any fool, so I need some context as to why I should follow a given person or brand.
- Auto-Anything. DM’s, follows, replies.
- When people are surprised you didn’t see their tweet. Like I’m supposed to have a custom feed for just you. Please.
- Those that RT complements they’ve received via Twitter. It’s just tacky. (Fake example: ohh you’re too kind! RT @example that article you wrote was AMAZING..)
- When people sign off for the night saying “Good night Twitterville” – or some variation of. Suuuper untight.
- The #twittercrush hash tag. It makes me not feel safe.
- “Power tweeters” that auto feed their posts into Facebook. It’s just too much duplication and that kind of status update activity is not meant for Facebook.
- People that use the term “power tweeters”. Wait, that may or may not just be me.
So maybe I can’t stop at just ten…
- Offline Twitter handle references
- The waterfall of Tweets. AKA, when an account is untouched all day and then you get like 6 updates in a row and nothing for another 24 hours. That’s you Anderson Cooper.
- Posted links with no context. I’m a busy (or is it lazy?) girl and I will not risk a wasted click. I need to be clued in to what I might be clicking to.
- Excessive hash tag use
- The fact that so many people don’t actually read the content they are RT’ing. I just have a really hard time believing that people took the time to read a lengthy article AND feel strong enough to endorse it, like immediately after someone posts it. At least when it happens regularly. Talk about diminishing your credibility.
- Anyone that “casually” references the number of followers they have in a conversation. Really? In no way does this increase your stock.