I’ve been on Twitter since 2009, and still getting the hang of it. Like every new social media, it started so fun, but after a while, it gets annoying. In my case, it’s because there are more and more annoying Facebook users on Twitter. What makes them annoying is that they use Twitter like they use their Facebook.
There are some major “rules” that Twitter “noobs” should know before they use Twitter, or just started to use one. I tweeted some of them repeatedly on my Twitter, but I get tired of it. So here goes.
1. DON’T ASK FOR A FOLLOW-BACK even if you know that person, unless it’s for important reasons (such as sending an urgent Direct Message). Unlike Facebook, you don’t “befriend” someone on Twitter because they’re your friends, but because of their tweets. It’s not only once or twice that I unfollowed my friends, just because their tweets are annoying or unpleasant to read. Noobs, it’s okay if you don’t have many followers. Besides, having many followers can be pretty annoying too.
2. DON’T EVER SAY “Mention me for a follow-back”. That’s a desperate act for followers, and clearly your Facebook brain talking. Seriously, don’t do it.
3. When you have a conversation going with your friends, DON’T USE RT. This usually occurs for those who use third-party Twitter client, such as UberSocial. For Example:
@XXY: Oh yeah sure, what time? RT @XXX hey are you going to watch that new movie tonight @XXY?
Seriously? Like I said, people follow you for your tweets, and trust me, unless you’re someone famous, WE DON’T REALLY WANNA KNOW WHAT YOU’RE UP TO. Keep your plans to yourself and use the ‘Reply’ button.
4. Even if you use the ‘Reply’ button for your conversation, MAKE SURE THE USERNAME IS IN THE FRONT. Why? Because if it’s in the middle or in the back of the tweet, your followers still can see your annoying tweets! So please. FRONT of the tweet. NOT BACK, NOT MIDDLE. FRONT.
5. NEVER Copy-Paste someone’s tweets without their consent. There are many ways to ReTweet them besides ‘RT’ button, for example:
@oki654: Sexuality is as mysterious as love itself. Just because you are one way doesn’t mean others should follow. – @VeHandojo
@oki654: Sexuality is as mysterious as love itself. Just because you are one way doesn’t mean others should follow. (via @VeHandojo)
@oki654: RT @VeHandojo Sexuality is as mysterious as love itself. Just because you are one way doesn’t mean others should follow.
6. When you mention a bunch of people, make sure you leave a space between each one, so they can read your tweet. For example, DON’T DO THIS:
@XXX: @Xxy@Xyy@Yyy@Yyx@Yxx hey are you guys up for tonight?
Trust me, they can’t see your tweets, except if they stalk your tweets, which is very unlikely. At least for me.
7. When you want to join a quiz or a contest on Twitter (which usually requires you to follow an account and mention them) MAKE SURE YOU’RE NOT PROTECTING YOUR TWEETS. Why? Because they can’t see your tweets. Duh.
8. Please write properly. Seriously, Th15 K1nD 0f WrItiN9 is forbidden on Twitter. If your Shift or Capslock key is broken, repair before you start tweeting again.
9. NEVER use Twitlonger. Life is too short to open your twitlonger links, people. There’s a reason why Twitter only provide only 140 characters per tweet: to keep you Facebookers away. If you want to quote a whole song, post it on Facebook, not on Twitter.
10. NEVER open strange links on your Direct Message (DM), even if your friend was the sender. For example:
You won’t believe what they’re saying about you behind your back. See this bit.ly/xxxx
Most likely, that DM was an attempt to hack into your Twitter account. Most of the time, your friend won’t even notice that they sent that DM, either. Twitter provided you security, but please don’t be stupid either. Carefully protect your account.
Of course, there are many “unofficial rules” on Twitter, you can even search them online. So far, those “Ten Commandments” were what I remembered so far, and will be updated over time.
Finally, don’t take things too personal on Twitter. Don’t get mad to your friend if she/he unfollowed you. Maybe your tweets are at fault, who knows?