Wednesday, February 3, 2010

What Not to do On Twitter (Or Any Social Media)

"Things You Do On Twitter That I Hate"
Acidgalore (January 29, 2010)

"Oh yes, I really like twitter. I love looking at my stream updating with new tweets, I love clicking on links, I love tweeting about things most people don’t care about, I love sharing photos and news. Sometimes I catch myself oversharing or tweeting something extremely lame like 'I'm having lunch at Joey's Diner', and then I hate myself for that, but overall I would call my relationship with twitter 'a sizzling hot love affair with a time waster'.

"Enough though with the love. There are things on twitter that annoy the crap out of me. Now, if you know me, you know that this is not very difficult to achieve; nonetheless, allow me to share the things I don't like on twitter:

"- Twitter is full of social media experts: sorry to break it you, but having a twitter account, a facebook account and 300 followers doesn't really make you a social media expert. I mean that's like 80% of twitterverse...."

In the spirit of transparency, as the term is used these days, on Twitter I'm Aluwir. I follow 229 accounts, I have 307 followers, and am listed by 20 of the Twitter lists. Which, according to Acidgalore, puts me pretty close to 80% of Twitterdom: in terms of followers, anyway.

And I don't consider myself a "social media expert" - let's put it this way: I read posts like this, I don't write them. Of course, I think quite a few 'experts' could benefit by reading books they didn't write themselves - but that's another topic.

This post is a fairly fast read, entertainingly written, and makes some good points.

Finally, although some of the advice addresses specific Twitter features, like hashtags: the advice can, in spirit, be applied to most social media. My opinion.

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A tip of the hat to Twitter_Tips, on Twitter, for the heads-up on this post.


Anonymous said...

Hi there! Good points, thanks! My social media expert note was more about the self-proclaimed social media experts. I'm glad you're not one of them!

Brian, aka Nanoc, aka Norski said...


Thanks! ;)

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