November 11, 2009
One of the things I love about Twitter is that it is what you make of it. If certain "twits" annoy you, don't follow them. I have my own unwritten rules (or pet peeves, if you will). If someone breaks my rules, I usually unfollow them. I say "usually" because if they are a good friend or I get lots of value out of their tweets, I will cut them some slack. But if I don't really know them and they break my rules (which they don't know exist), and if I visit their Twitter stream and feel that I won't be missing anything by unfollowing them, they will be toast.
But, as I said, everyone uses Twitter differently and everyone has their own unwritten rules.
So this week's #TQW was:
++What are your Twitter pet peeves?++
kwegner: My biggest Twitter pet peeve is Follow Friday lists! I can't believe people still write that nonsense.
babssaul: People not saying thank you when you take time to offer requests for help – it's just plain rude.
ann_donnelly: Biggest of many pet peeves: people who just want to have the final word and aren't participating in the conversation. So there!
leebrinckley: The number of spam followers I get if I use hashtag keywords. I rarely use hashtags now except for specifics like this.
AVirtualEdge: Generic DMs and Twitter spam.
nickihicks: Auto-DMs (Direct Messages). Have yet to see one witty enough to make me want to continue following the person. Now, auto-dm = auto-unfollow.
derekedmond: Recommendations which just list lots of profiles and no reason why (to follow).
macgenie: 1) Repeated tweets. 2) Links with no description.
jwr1b: The proliferation of marketers with no content other than affiliate links.
scottsdaleseo: Most definitely the abundance of affiliate marketers... with their "Get rich" schemes. :)
AndyTarsy: twitter pet peeves? Airplane updates (e.g., just boarded the shuttle) – thanks for sharing.
Jill: Oops...I'm guilty of those at times!
dalka: Any Twitter activity involving bogus, automated, inflated follower account profiles using aggressive outbound tactics.
moreSEOtips: 1) Removing Cite/Source, 2) Auto-follow systems, 3) 2x, 3x RT's by same user.
MCIMaui: Retweet Only. RTs are great to show things you want to share, but if that's all you do – Come on, have a thought of your own.
Thanks guys, good stuff! You reminded me of more pet peeves that I forgot I even had.
Here are my major ones that will usually cause an unfollow:
FollowFriday recommendations, tweeting the same thing at different times of the day, usually in an automated fashion, tweeting how sick you feel, RTs that make it looks like I tweeted something I didn't.