10 Surefire Ways To Get Me To Avoid Your Twitter Account

For those who have figured out how to use it, Twitter has become a great way to find useful information and to build online relationships. For those that haven’t, Twitter often looks like a big, jumbled-up mess of unstructured conversations.  I can’t count the times that someone has told me that Twitter is “useless”, “too confusing”, or “just a place where people talk about what they ate for breakfast”.

Aside from the problem that Twitter.com is an unstructured, hot mess (hence the need for tools like TweetDeck and HootSuite), the jumble of information is contributed to by a lot of folks who: a) don’t know what they are doing, b) don’t know the rules of the road, or c) are posting content just to inflate their numbers.

The problem is that many of these offenders, aren’t necessarily Twitter Noobs. So, this article is for everyone who has a Twitter account. If you do the following things, it’s likely that I’m not going to follow you or retweet you (making you irrelevant to me on Twitter) and in some cases, I might even report you as a spammer.

10) Don’t add a photo of yourself – If you don’t add a photo, it’ll be clear to me that you don’t take Twitter seriously enough for me to follow you.

9) Don’t add profile information – You’d be amazed how many people out there don’t have their profile information filled in. It doesn’t have to be in-depth, but tell me what you’re interested in and what you’ll tweet about.

8 ) Only tweet your check-ins – Don’t just sign up to Twitter and connect it to FourSquare, GoWalla, Yelp, and GetGlue and then only tweet where you are when you check-in. If we haven’t built a relationship, I don’t care where you are…unless you’re buying the coffee.

7) Tweet quotes – The number one thing that really chaps my @ss are people who can’t come up with something original of their own to say, so they just spend their time polluting the Twitter stream with quotes from famous people. If you want to spend your entire day quoting Mark Twain or Ronald Regan, don’t expect me to follow you.

6) Only retweet and never share an original thought – To piggy back on #7, it’s not okay just to retweet. Do you have an original thought in your head or are you a social media parrot who can only engage by retweeting what other people say? Everyone has original thoughts, so share them. I’m sure there are some folks who might find them useful…maybe it might be me.

5) Never tweet - Yes…seems kind of like a stupid requirement that someone actually tweet, but you I get a lot of ridiculous follows from people that have thousands of followers and follow thousands, yet…they somehow have zero tweets. Do you smell that? I smell Spam.

One way to get me to avoid your Twitter account is to never tweet from it. Boring!!

This user has thousands of followers and has never tweeted. Spam.

4) Only talk about food – The only exception here is if you run a restaurant, are a chef, or are a food critic. Then it makes sense. Hey, we all eat. Food is an integral part of staying alive and just as big a sucker for a good cupcake as the next guy. But don’t make it the only thing you tweet about. There are other aspects of life than the fact that you just ordered a double soy chai and it’s hot. Duh…it’s supposed to be hot.

3) Turn twitter into your own personal (yet public) text messaging system – I don’t need to know what the guy across the room at the club is wearing and whether he’s hot. I’m not there…I’m not going to ask him to dance. I don’t need to know what so-and-so said about so-and-so last week by the lockers and I certainly don’t need to know that your sister-in-law is not in your good graces because she slept with your man.

2) Don’t be a human – Talk about your brand, talk about your company, never talk about the people who are part of your organization. I’m not engaged in social media to meet software. I’m not engaged in social media to meet press releases. I’m not engaged in social media to meet products. I’m here to engage with people and I want to know the people in your organization.

1) Spam me - Let’s see…a Twitter account mentions me and tells me that I need to click their link. So, they assume I’m just going to click away, right? Wrong!! I’m not stupid. I click their profile information and see that they have zero followers, follow zero people, and have no profile pic, and no profile info. Guess what, not only did you not get a click or a follow, you just got reported for spam.

This account has zero followers and an egg for a profile pic, yet they want me to click a link? No Thank You!

Spam me and see where that gets you...

 

So there you have it. 10 things to make sure that I never read your tweets, never follow your account, and never engage with you (or your business) online.  I have a feeling that I’m not alone in this and others use these very same standards to deciding whether to follow an account, so if you engage in some or all of these tactics…enjoy your social media solitude.

Also, be sure to check out my other article 10 Surefire Ways To Get Me To Follow Your Twitter Account and if I have recently unfollowed you, it might be because You Suck! So I Unfollowed You On Twitter!

 

So, this article is for everyone who has a Twitter account. If you do the following things, it’s likely that I’m not going to follow you or retweet you (making you irrelevant to me on Twitter) and in some cases, I might even report you as a spammer.
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  • http://twitter.com/YouNeedaHelmet/status/54330008478552066/ YouNeedaHelmet (@YouNeedaHelmet)

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  • Sean R. Nicholson

    I have to add another one to this list. If you have “I follow back” or something like “follow=follow” in your profile, it indicates to me that your content isn’t good enough for me to follow, you’re just trolling for bigger numbers. In these cases, I won’t follow.

    –Sean

  • http://www.socmedsean.com Sean R. Nicholson

    I’m just going to keep adding more of my Twitter pet peeves to the comments. Feel free to add yours too.

    if you use an authentication service like TrueTwit…forget me following you. You are NOT that special that you need special authentication and I will not jump thrombin extra hoops just to read your updates.

    –Sean

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  • http://www.TWitter.con/bostondave Bostondave

    Love #7….can I quote you on that? ;-)

    • http://www.socmedsean.com Sean R. Nicholson

      LOL! Sure…just don’t tweet it ;)

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  • Thomas Zucker-Scharff

    Great List! I would add sending replies with just a link – I automatically report these users as spammers.

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  • banshee

    I hate the automatic DMs that tell me that someone I just followed uses True Twit. I’m sure it’s bot- generated but it makes me feel imposed upon. Also the Mafia Family invites.

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  • http://twitter.com/eileenpcollins/status/90773807941435392/ Eileen Collins (@eileenpcollins)

    nicely put… good reminders for all of us! 10 Surefire Ways To Get Me To Avoid Your Twitter Account http://t.co/0d63FW6 via @socmedsean

  • Selectweet

    Love #2 and #1 : spam and robot are like the worst things on twitter. But some automatization is not a bad thing, you can gain so much time for conversations with your follower community with tools like selectweet by scheduling your tweets to precise time and day over time. Here is the solution!

  • http://veronicamessegee.com Veronica Messegee (@VMessegee)

    I’m a twitter newbie, but noticed your #7 about people right off! I feel the same way. I found this blog post because I was trying to find answers to a Twitter etiquette question I have. This post came up on my Google search results. I’ve been tweeting my own thoughts and am having them retweeted. Do I credit myself in my tweet in any way? Or is that bad form?

    • http://www.socmedsean.com Sean R. Nicholson

      Don’t worry about crediting yourself. When you tweet someone and they retweet you, it will show your Twitter handle. Good for you for searching out good Twitter etiquette! I hope this article was helpful in locating some of the “don’ts”. I’ll have a follow-up article on some of the “dos” coming soon :)

      –Sean

    • http://www.socmedsean.com Sean R. Nicholson

      BTW, Veronica, I just published another article on 10 ways to get me to follow your Twitter account. Hope you enjoy it!

      http://www.socmedsean.com/2011/08/02/10-surefire-ways-to-get-me-to-follow-your-twitter-account/

      –Sean

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  • http://veronicamessegee.com Veronica Messegee

    Thanks so much Sean! I’ll be checking it out and taking notes! :)

  • http://twitter.com/PRKingGarage/status/98750582206111744/ Stephen Vujevich (@PRKingGarage)

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  • http://www.goukaseishi.com Keith Morrell

    Interesting blog post Sean :). I’ve noticed many of the same with people following me and the odd person with 20000 followers and only following 50. I hate spammers too :o).

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  • http://twitter.com/dr2marketing/status/98866997307260928/ dr2marketing (@dr2marketing)

    "10 Surefire Ways To Get Me To Avoid Your Twitter Account http://ow.ly/5Ulms" Good tips for both personal and business accounts.

  • http://www.socialmediaeducationgroup.com Niadin

    I love your tone!!

    I recommend this article as a basis for small businesses trying to get a presence online, especially if you don’t have the budget to employ someone to take care of your social media department. It’s good to learn the basics!

  • http://twitter.com/ascentnlp/status/99083494709395456/ Caroline Winn (@ascentnlp)

    And more sensible advice for new Tweeters… 10 Surefire Ways To Get Me To Avoid Your Twitter Account http://t.co/nSs2W9C via @socmedsean

  • http://twitter.com/MattSouthern/status/99174604270080001/ Matt Southern (@MattSouthern)

    And on the flip side of my last tweet… 10 Surefire Ways To Get Me To Avoid Your Twitter Account http://zite.to/ruV7zr

  • http://twitter.com/MandysMashups/status/99177212179263488/ Mandy R (@MandysMashups)

    Great tips on how to be ignored on Twitter – http://bit.ly/mWLiUk #socialmedia

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  • Rann Patterson

    Agree with all 10 in both articles! Very good:)

  • http://www.twitter.com/Dede_Watson Dede

    You are so on the mark with your Top 10!! I have never understood why anyone thinks that constantly sharing their dinner selection or where they stopped for coffee with followers is of great interest to anyone! Many top social media people have forgotten what Social Media is all about and post only quotes and content from other sites! Nothing wrong with either, but if someone is not providing engaging dialogue or interesting content, then what is the reason to follow them?

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