If you’ve used Twitter for any length of time, you’ve no doubt developed a few social media pet peeves.

Here are some of mine:
 

Broadcast tweeters
You know who I’m talking about: Those people who spout off their own stuff but don’t read, respond to, or retweet others. I’m not interested in just more noise in my timeline. I want to follow those who genuinely engage with others. Keep the social in social media.

Lack of original thought
If your timeline is only filled with @replies and RTs, it can be equally frustrating. I can’t help but wonder if you ever have an original thought of your own.

Utterly shameless self-promotion
I can’t stand when people retweet kind things people say about them. It’s the online equivalent of high-fiving yourself when you do something great. Knock it off already!

“Please RT”
On principle alone, if your tweet includes “Please RT”, you will not get a retweet from me. Let your powerful idea speak for itself; people will be compelled to share it if it resonates with them in some way.

Auto DMs
I honestly don’t understand how this practice still exists, but yet I continue to get them. “Thanks for the follow. Don’t forget to check out my blog!” Are you kidding me? So impersonal and rude.

Language butchers
I know 140 characters can be limiting, but plz dnt mke me wrk so hrd to fgr out what ur tryin 2 say as if ur 12 yrs old. Be creatively concise, but don’t butcher the English language.

Schoolyard cliques
There are those people who get tons of @replies, but they consistently only answer their small group of friends. Flashback to middle school. Grow up and engage outside your elitist circles.

Any tweet that has to do with Justin Bieber
Sorry, I couldn’t resist…

 

What are your biggest Twitter pet peeves?

Comments


alece

15 November, 2011

you hit on all my biggest pet peeves! the only one i can think to add right now is the annoyingly useless Follow Friday tweets... i can't stand when people just list off a bunch of twitter handles with a "#FF". what a waste. tell me why you think i should follow someone if you really want to make good use of a Follow Friday!

    Trevor

    15 November, 2011

    I agree. Follow Fridays can be a great tool if people would use it well...

Alison

15 November, 2011

Yes, yes and yes. I agree with every single one of these. Especially when people retweet every nice thing someone says about them. That drives me nuts.

    Trevor

    15 November, 2011

    Absolutely. Comes across so pompous, even though that may not be the intention.

Fred McKinnon

15 November, 2011

When people use your twitter ID in @replies for some event or purpose that has nothing to do w/ you ... for example, our church twitter tag @sscc is constantly being used in replies from people who attend some seminar or event that happens to have "SSCC" as an acronymn ... using the @ without checking to make sure it's the legit account. Urg.

    Trevor

    15 November, 2011

    Ooooh! Good call. Do the work and check for the accurate Twitter account!

tracee

15 November, 2011

True story!! I have an issue with being included in long lists of people and no real interaction from the person who makes the list. Also people who promote with intention of interacting. Grr!

    Trevor

    15 November, 2011

    Like the "Good Morning, Friends" lists? And then that's all you ever hear from them? Very strange indeed...

Chrissy @ Fireflies and Hummingbirds

15 November, 2011

Oops, I'm occasionally guilty of the #FF that Alece mentioned! :/But I do agree with everything else on your list! I've got one Twitter pal who RTs her responses to EVERYONE... which means I have to see her back-and-forth banter about topics I don't understand (or care about) with people I don't know. It's really irritating.

    Trevor

    15 November, 2011

    I follow some people who do that too. They never just hit reply... they always RT and add their response. I think that should be used in VERY limited supply...

Jason Huffman

15 November, 2011

Follow me on Facebook tweets. I know people want to develop consistency between social networks, but if you're on twitter, there's a 90% chance or so you're on Facebook, too. Giving me the "Let's connect on Facebook" tweet is just annoying. If I want to connect with you on Facebook, I know where to find you. Maybe I'm one of those weirdos who use Facebook and Twitter for entirely different purposes and to connect with vastly different people groups, so maybe this isn't a peeve for everyone.

    Brooke

    15 November, 2011

    we can be weirdos together - because i am the same!

    Addie Zierman

    15 November, 2011

    AGREED. I already followed you on Twitter. Are you trying to make me insane?

    Trevor

    15 November, 2011

    Be sure to like us on Facebook, Jason!Ha! Just messing...

Bernard Shuford

15 November, 2011

I hate it when I attempt to engage some reasonably well known tweeter in conversation (not a celebrity, just a "medium sized fish") and they don't have the decency to even hit back with a smiley.

    Trevor

    15 November, 2011

    Although I've gotta be honest, the emoticons are WAY overused... ;)But I agree... I wish more people would use Twitter truly for engagement and conversation...

    Bernard Shuford

    15 November, 2011

    I guess I consider the smiley to be the MINIMUM "Hey, thanks for saying something to me" response. When I tell somebody that I like what they said or make some inquiring comment and they don't respond at all, that ticks. I'm not talking about Ochocinco, I'm talking about Christians that I HAVE corresponded with before but they kinda climb the ladder and get too busy to really use Twitter as a community. We're just another audience. That ticks.

Bernard Shuford

15 November, 2011

Oh, yeah, and I'm not a huge fan of folks who tweet their blog posts more than once. I know about the blog. I follow it if I like it, because you've got subscription methods. Don't hit my timeline 5 times with the post, or bragging about how good the comments are. Is that really social, or just promotional?But I can sometimes love them anyway.

    Addie Zierman

    15 November, 2011

    I'm still trying to figure this piece out since I know people are on Twitter at different times. I'm a new fledgling blog trying to let people know I'm out there. I usually post it three or four times, worded differently, and spaced evenly throughout the day. What do you think? Is there a better way to do this?

    Bernard Shuford

    15 November, 2011

    It's one of those things that sorta gets on my nerves but makes sense to the blogger and probably gets good results, so the fact that it gets on my nerves probably shouldn't be a deterrent. :) It's not fatal to me following you, and I'll quite likely click on the link to see the blog post and the comments even though it somehow grates on me. I pretty much believe that people should use Twitter however it works best for them, but there are social norms that have developed, and it's through blog posts like this that we learn about them. Heck, I came to THIS post from a Tweet, maybe even an RT...

    Trevor

    15 November, 2011

    I would agree with you, Addie. Not everyone is active on Twitter at the same time. So sending out links at various times of the day (with different wording each time) is a good practice. I've seen people overdo this though too... A dozen links to your blog in a day is way too much. I think 4 is a good safe number...

    Bernard Shuford

    15 November, 2011

    I would agree that there's a good number somewhere in there. Good point.

Brooke

15 November, 2011

just making sure i don't break any of these :)

    Trevor

    15 November, 2011

    Ha!

Dan

15 November, 2011

1.) The "cross-promoter," trying to help "friends" by RT'ing EVERY one of their tweets then asking everyone to follow. Why should I follow them if I already get all their tweets from you? 2.) The "linker." A specific type of "broadcaster" whose tweets are primarily links to other sites, either via RSS (just links to their blog), other Tweet-generating sites (like ArtistData for musicians), or people who are active in and auto-tweet all their tumblr/posterous/etc COMMENTS...it's like reading one side of a conversation....I'm sure there are others but those are top-of-mind.

    Trevor

    15 November, 2011

    Good additions to the list, Dan!

Marc Cannon (@MarcCannon)

15 November, 2011

The political RT kings and queens. I've "Unfollowed" several folks just because all they seem to do is retweet someone else's political thoughts, philosophies and ideas. Guess it goes along the sames lines of having your own thoughts about issues and creating your own dialog. Oh, and twitter snobs...Which we all seem to be

    Bernard Shuford

    15 November, 2011

    Yeah, we all tend to think we've got it RIGHT and everybody else sucks. :)

    Trevor

    15 November, 2011

    I've found the same to be true of some of the big-hitter pastors/leaders. For instance, I have no need to follow Rick Warren, because over a dozen people in my feed pretty much always retweet anything he has to say!

Jason

17 November, 2011

Oh man...you really hit a home run with these!One I'd add is the offended "unfollowed" person who likes to broadcast @ messages at whoever unfollowed them. It just smacks of "this person stopped following me...who do they think they are?" If someone unfollows you and you don't like it, more often than not they have an e-mail address on a website. You can send them an e-mail if you're really concerned. Tweeting repetitively about it and then announcing "you unfollowed me so i couldn't DM" smacks of someone who wants attention on them.On a side note, I've read this blog many times and just now realized you're in Chambersburg. I graduated from Shippensburg.

    Trevor

    20 November, 2011

    I agree! I think it is tacky (and pointless) to Tweet to or about someone who's unfollowed you. Why choose to broadcast that in that way? Seems frivolous...And wow - Can't believe you graduated from Ship! When were you here?

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