I probably added about 700+ new people to follow – and it was really interesting to go back to my email inbox and see my Twitter emails folder stuffed with Direct Messages (DMs) from these people thanking me for following them. But what was really interesting was to see who seemed to “get” Twitter – and who I went out and immediately unfollowed.
It got me thinking about some of the other annoyances I’ve had on Twitter. Really – some people just don’t get it. Now, I’m not one to tell anyone how to use a social media tool – in fact, I really like some of the people doing some of these annoying things. I’m just saying that I think they are extremely annoying – and maybe *other* people using Twitter aren’t so forgiving as I am.
I was a lurker for a long time on Twitter, trying to make sense of all the nonsense. While there is tremendous value in Twitter, the humans who use it need to get a few knocks of common sense in their heads on how to use it wisely and well.
One of her top five complaints of Twitter abuse is also one of mine:
I can’t tell you how many messages I got from people after my following binge that said something like “Thanks for following me back! Want to make lots of money? Let me show you how http://spammy-scammy-stuff.com”.
SERIOUSLY? Is that the very first thing that comes out of your mouth at conferences or networking events? No? Then why the HECK would you do that on Twitter?!
Seriously, lacking common sense here. Twitter is great for marketing, networking, and building up those connections and relationships, but why be spammy.
In one response to my follow, someone replied that they had honestly visited my blog 3298473 times. While it might be a spammy reply, it was fresh and unusual and caught my eye. THAT carries more weight that slamming your sales pitch right in my face – no matter how well you think it is working for you.
The problem with hard sales pitches is that they work. I wish they didn’t, but some people can’t help but move to the link when ordered to do so. I wish we were all smarter than that. Don’t give in to the pressure!
If you want to really build quality relationships with your customers, fans, and readers, then take a milder and gentler approach. It’s a microblog and communications tool, not a method of sharing your bathroom habits and demanding our business. Stop using Twitter like a baseball bat and annoying the rest of us.
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