I've blogged about this topic once before, but I've found new ways that people suck on twitter. Sometimes you'll follow somebody and THEN find out they suck. Here are some tips for recognizing that a tweep isn't worth following, broken down into what part of their profile you can find these offenses in:
THE AVATAR: The little picture that tells you who you are talking to. It can be a real photo, a heavily photoshopped pic, a cartoon character, a logo, an image from a movie/book/tv show, anything really. Anything... except for the following:
- Their avatar is of their torso.
- Their avatar is of their butt, probably clad in skimpy panties.
- Their avatar is of their cleavage.
- Their avatar is of their duck face.
ALSO: Don't make your avatar a GIF. That's not a dealbreaker, but it's pretty freaking annoying.
THE BIO: The 140 characters you have to tell the world who you are, what you stand for, what they can expect to see in your tweets.
- Their bio is full of nothing but hashtags. This:
#writer #author #books #novels #fiction #YA #paranormal #hot #vampires #blood #sex #romance #love #story #horror #writing #amwriting #writeclub #words #grammar #vampirewords #vampirebook #bestseller
is not a description of a person. It is a (poorly) calculated method of attracting viewers.
- Their bio consists of nothing but links to their books being sold on Amazon. Or their etsy shop. Or... you get the idea. Posting these links, or linking to a website that features your work is COMPLETELY FINE. But that does not describe you. If you are absolutely nothing but the sum of your sales, then you need to rethink your life.
THE TWEETSTREAM: Their tweets, plain and simple. Make sure you click on their complete profile to look at these (the preview window shows only their most recent original thoughts... and that can be deceiving).
- Their tweetstream is nothing but links to their old blog posts. Posting blog links is COMPLETELY FINE. Just make sure you're doing other stuff, too. And only tweet the oldies if they're goodies.
- Their tweetstream is overwhelmingly RTs (Re-tweets). They have no original thoughts of their own? They just keep sending out what everybody else says? Also, ten-to-one these RTs are their own version of spam anyway.
- Their tweetstream is nothing but quotes, quips, and impersonal nonsense.
- They've tweeted the phrase "#TeamFollowBack" in the last week. Unless they're making fun. And then that's okay.
- They are misusing common internet lingo (lol = lots of love), are signing their name to every tweet, or are otherwise obviously clueless. The only exception to this is if it's a family member that you want to help out. And they're eighty. And really sweet.
- Related: They are obviously talking to somebody, but not using the @ feature. Or are using the @ feature to talk to the whole world. Just basically looking like they have no idea what they are doing. If they're nice, help them out, otherwise, come back in a few weeks when they've figured things out.
- No @ mentions at all. Or the @ mentions only say "Thanks for the follow, here's where you can buy my book: LINK."
Those are the biggest ways I think people abuse twitter. What do you think, folks?
Oh, BTDubs, the links will take you to the tweep who suggested the infraction. Thanks to Suz, Jes, Darci, Amber, Sarah, Sarah (yes, both), Rachel, and Xe for participating!
And, if you're not on twitter... why the heck not??? It's where all the cool kids are eating lunch now. Or something.