10 Twitter Rules To Live By

Wednesday, July 24

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I first joined Twitter in December 2011 because my sister told me it was mandatory for anyone in marketing. Since that time, it has become my social media of choice. Something about that 140 characters is just so short & sweet, to be very trite. And yet, some people still manage to drive me crazy, prompting me to publish:

10 Twitter Rules to Live By

1. DON'T post melodramatic "my life sucks" tweets. There is Facebook for that. No one wants to read it on Twitter.

2. Keep your tweeting @ someone to a minimum. I'll send MAYBE two tweets to one person, then switch to DM. Because your conversation just isn't as important to everyone else! That being said...

3. Tweet @ as many people as you can! It's the best way to make random connections (i.e. "#Thatawkwardmomentwhen you order more than your boyfriend @TacoBell.")

4. But please, for the love, use your hashtags wisely. You only get a certain # (that is, number) before people stop taking you seriously. Think of a hashtag like make-up, you want it to enhance what you have, not compensate for what you don't.

5. DON'T use Twitter as a forwarding platform for Instagram. If I wanted to see what you ate for lunch, I would follow you on Instagram. Occassional photos are totally cool, don't get me wrong, I love sharing photos when approps. 

6. DO tweet at celebrities. 99% of the time they won't respond and you might stop being a fan, but the 1% will make you feel amaaaazing. But keep it to a minimum. Fangirling is not fun for anyone.

7. On that note, pay attention to your profile picture, (no group pictures! The Twitter profile pic is so tiny how will I EVER see you?!), background, and bio. I love reading Twitter bios. How else will I decide in 1.3 seconds if I want to follow you? My sister Galina swears by a great picture, citing it as the reason she was tweet at by @BenFlajnik (The Bachelor season 16).

8. Tweet with regularity. I am NOT implying hourly, or even daily necessarily, but seeing that someone's last tweet was on April 10th, 2012 is a dealbreaker. 

9. Interact! The best part of Twitter! In the words of @KanyeWest, "If you admire somebody you should go ahead and tell um/People never get the flowers while they could smell um" Favoriting someone's tweets not only shows that you care, but also gives you a pretty nice tweet-reel for when you're feeling blue. If people ask you questions, reply to them (see rule #2). And do re-tweet,

10. But about that re-tweet button: DON'T use it! Copy paste that sucker, give credit, and add your commentary. I always wonder, "WHY did this person find this re-tweetworthy?" (I can't take credit for this because I read this somewhere, and it was an early mistake of mine!) 

And if we all follow this twittequette, we can make Twitter a much better place for everyone.
All opinions my own. Anyone feel me/have a defense for one of these? Comment and let me know!
Follow me @priyapappu and I'll tweet to ya soon! 

3 comments :

Miss Doyle said...

Loved this: "Think of a hashtag like make-up, you want it to enhance what you have, not compensate for what you don't." Great tip. :)

Alexa said...

Priya this was such a funny post! I'm not on twitter but I definitely agree with a lot of these! I'll be sure to stick by them if I ever do get one <3 hope you're having a great week!

Alexa <3
http://sleepeatbreathefashion.blogspot.com/

Alexa said...

Priya this was such a funny post! I'm not on twitter but I definitely agree with a lot of these! I'll be sure to stick by them if I ever do get one <3 hope you're having a great week!

Alexa <3
http://sleepeatbreathefashion.blogspot.com/