Pet Peeve: Twitter No-No’s

Over time I’ve become well educated on some do’s and don’t’s when it comes to tweeting. But there are 2 things that bother me:

  1. If you’re tweet ends with a “…” and a link to more of your tweet, then it’s not a tweet in my book.  True tweets are 140 characters in length, and are short, timely messages.  It’s okay to attach links to blogs, images, and videos, because that is part of the message you’re sharing.  But if you’re message cannot be edited down to 140 characters or less, then you are failing yourself on Twitter.  The more you tweet, the easier it will get to edit down tweets.  It’s like coming up with a good newspaper headline.  The message should get your point across quickly.
  2. If you’re in the business of Twitter, and you protect your tweets, you are also failing yourself on Twitter. Maybe your thinking is that you don’t want people to see what you have to say?  Well, in that case you probably shouldn’t be tweeting about it in the first place.  Leaving your Twitter account open to the public allows you to engage with people with similar interests, and thusly helps you expand your reach.  Isn’t that why you joined Twitter in the first place?  You have to remember Twitter is a 1-to-many platform.  What you say has the potential to reach so many people, so don’t limit yourself.

That’s all, for now…