Tweet Tips

I created a TypeWith.me document and tweeted the link out to my followers. Within seconds, we had reached the 16-user maximum. After serious trolling, those who played along with me came up with this set of Twitter tips.

I didn’t really copy edit, nor did I clarify what people were trying to communicate with their tips. Instead, I let this play out as an open collaborative experiment. I asked them to leave their Twitter handles after their tips, however – so if you have an issue with structure, you know who to contact. πŸ˜‰

  • Follow @chrispirillo for some late night laughs. πŸ˜‰ – [@ronishaaa]
  • Dont mass follow people. [@jordancooktech]
  • Don’t Flood With Tweets. [@jordancooktech]
  • Make sure your grammar is right.
  • Use a # in front of an important word, for example a new product, celebrity. NOT in front of EVERY word
  • People Hate Spam!
  • No one wants to see large URLs, use a shortner e.g bit.ly or tinyurl. [@MattyRobsonxD]
  • Don’t make a rap song why you deleted your Twitter. 
  • Tweet regularly, not once a year but also not 60 times per minute.
  • Don’t tweet your life. [@hmd183]
  • Regulary check your apps permissions in the account section. [@hmd183]
  • Protecting your tweets means they are only visible to your followers.
  • Don’t spam other pages like SchuelerVZ (german pupil community) with your Tweets. [@lukas2511]
  • Don’t lie about yourself. Just don’t say everything. πŸ˜‰ [@lukas2511]
  • Tweet about things people are interested in.
  • Be mature.
  • Don’t post shortened urls from Rickrolls, people unfollow you after a while…
  • Dont go in with the expectation of being followed immediately, or people responding to everything you say.
  • If you get a number of followers you like (eg. 100) don’t tweet about it, or people will unfollow you and you will not be happy anymore. [@Ansjh]
  • You can often press (Enter) instead of (‘), so if you’re using eg. Tweetdeck you might tweet too soon. [@Ansjh]
  • Don’t boast about too much stuff. People will hate you. (Just as in real life) [@Ansjh]
  • #Do #not #make #random #hashtags.
  • Don’t drink and tweet.  [@ronishaaa]
  • Don’t retweet stupid things. [@lukas2511]
  • Don’t mass retweet. [@Knunez]
  • We don’t want to know that you are pooping.  [@lukas2511]
  • If you retweet something, don’t miss important words! [@lukas2511]
  • Don’t paste the wrong clipboard. [@lukas2511]
  • Update your status regulary or you will loose followers. [@lukas2511]
  • Keep in mind that everyone can read your tweets. Even your teachers! [@lukas2511]
  • Don’t be too nerdy. [@lukas2511]
  • If you see someone having problems, help him. [@lukas2511]
  • Use a short URL checker to prevent unwanted surprises! (e.g., Rick Rolls, goatsees, etc.) [@richard8a]
  • Don’t post so many links, its annoying. Keep it to 140 like you should! [@jaddes_green]
  • No one cares if you are having an an awful day. I’m sorry, but its the truth. [@jaddes_green]
  • Decide how you will decide. Bickering often happens around the decision-making process. Be clear with yourself and others involved about the steps you will take to reach the decision. [@chrislange1] πŸ™‚
  • Don’t argue with people on Twitter. Keep it private, whether its a DM or whatever. No one wants to see your argument. [@Knunez]
  • READ your tweet before you hit enter. At least once. [@jaddes_green]
  • Quality over quantity. Tweet less but post more interesting things. [@jaddes_green]
  • Be origional with your tweets. [@LawriePearson]
  • Don’t follow people that you do not know. [@yamazaruninja]
  • Do not tweet everything that comes to mind. [@yamazaruninja]
  • Don’t click on links unless you are sure where they came from. [@GerardHayden]
  • People don’t care what you had for lunch. Tweet interesting things. [@neatmacapps]
  • Don’t tweet how many tweets you have tweeted!? [@LawriePearson]
  • Learn a bit of Twitter search queries to filter out noise (e.g. “from:username+-source:foursquare” to get rid of check-ins) [@tsipo]
  • Leave at least 20 characters free per tweet so that people can easily RT you. [@The_Tech_Update]
  • Don’t just post a link. Leave a description so your followers know what they’re clicking on. [@lhamil64]
  • Use Twitter client which expands shortened links (e.g., Brizzly) so clicking won’t take you where you don’t want to go. [@tsipo]
  • Most special characters (%^&* etc.) are ignored by Twitter search, so they are quite useless in tweets (unless cursing). [@tsipo]
  • Retweet using Twitter’s new “Retweet” button, not old-style RT – saves us all a lot of the noise. Much obliged. [@tsipo]
  • Nobody wants to know what you are eating. [@alexzandi]
  • Tweet occasionally with funicode.com to provide some variety to the average text strings you often encounter. [@JakeWarner]
  • Don’t accidentally tweet your password while multi-tasking and thinking about logging in. [@JakeWarner] — I’ve done this accidentally.