A lot of people still miss the point of Twitter’s original functions. It was not exactly made to be a huge chatroom. Though having a conversation on Twitter is great, for some of your followers, it may make them unfollow you. There are people that believe having thousands of followers is the way to get ahead. It only does in your own mind if you do not influence anyone. Influencing your followers means engaging them in what you have to share.
I have put together a short Creed for Twitter Tweeps (“tweep” is the actual word for people who use Twitter.)
The Creed of a Twitter Tweep
- You are not obligated to follow back everyone.
- You are in control of your content, so make sure you are aware of articles you Retweet. Retweeting an article blindly could affect your trust if the article is not up to par with what your followers expect.
- Do not expect others to follow you back even if you keep sending them tweets. It does not necessarily mean you are being ignored, but they may be a bit busy to respond to every tweet, especially celebrities on Twitter.
- You should use Twitter for more than connecting with others. There are sites that send their articles through the Twitter stream that could prove beneficial to you or even just be of interest. (Be open and expand your knowledge.)
- Advertising is okay, but excessive advertising is seen as spam. Be cautious and do not become a spammer. In fact, you might want to disclose your advertisements with the hashtag #ad or #sponsored.
- (For Newbies) It is okay to have more than one Twitter account if you are a person who tweets as an individual, for a company, or even for a particular website if you have more than one website. Example, you might like to have a personal Twitter account, and one for your website or company.
- Do tweet your blog articles to your followers. How will they know about you or what you write about if you do not share your content with them? Just don’t blast them with tons of articles you’ve written.
- Be active and choose your conversations wisely. While someone might be offensive, it is best to just unfollow or block, and not give them the joy of your ire.
- The number of followers are NOT important. It is the quality and trust. You can have thousands of followers, but what benefit is that when none of them have any interest in what you want to share? Without quality or trust, there is no influence among your followers.
Of course, there are more that can be added. I have left this a bit open so you, the reader might be motivated to add to this list. What would you add to this Twitter Tweep creed?