Annoying Twitter Habits

7 Annoying Twitter Habits You May Wanna Get Rid Of

Annoying Twitter Habits

Some Twitter marketing practices annoy a lot of people, but get some results. For example, spam and auto DMs.

Other practices don’t annoy so many people, but get nothing in return.

From a certain perspective (“some results” are better than nothing), annoying some people for no reason is even worse than spam. Surprising perspective, isn’t it?

Now let’s see some practices that may not annoy everyone, but will get you nothing.

You should get rid of them…

1. Letting Apps Post Worthless Tweets on Your Behalf

Maybe you’re interested in finding out how many people followed you and unfollowed you.

However… Do you really think that your followers are interested in getting such data in their news feed?

Annoying Apps Messages

2. Posting Meaningless Facebook Updates on Twitter

I’m not against syncing your Facebook and Twitter accounts.

However, if you do it, don’t forget that you did it and pay attention when you post something…

Meaningless Facebook Updates Posted on Twitter

Upper-half: Have you seen spammers’ tweets? Most of these tweets are better than this one. They know that a link without text is useless. Can’t you do better than a spammer?

Second-half: That’s better, but… come on, “I posted a new photo” and “Check out my new article” (without revealing the title of the article) are lazy Twitter marketing practices that may or may not annoy your followers, but for sure will not get you too many clicks on your links.

3. Sending Unexpected & Annoying Replies to Everyone in Town

Tweet #1 (upper-half of the image below) – Harleena thanked some tweeps for retweeting her content. Perfectly fine.

Annoying Twitter Reply

If you decide to reply to Harleena’s thank you tweet, you have two options:

a) You can hit the Reply button, delete all usernames except Harleena’s and then tell her that she’s welcome.

b) You can hit the Reply button, don’t delete anything and tweet “You’re welcome” to everyone who shared Harleena’s content (As shown in Tweet # 2 – second half of the image above)

While responding to a thank you tweet is fine when it’s done as shown in case a) above, what is the point in replying “You’re welcome” to people who didn’t thank you? It’s obviously nonsense.

The tweeps who don’t use Twitter like a bot read their notifications. Why sending them tweets they obviously aren’t interested in receiving? Why wasting their time? Why annoying them for no reason?

4. Retweeting Bits of Conversations Irrelevant to Your Followers

True story: John reshares one of my blog articles. I thank John for it. Then John retweets my “Thank you, John”.

If I was Dalai Lama or someone really famous, I could understand why John feels the need to share with his followers the fact that I thanked him. But I’m not Dalai Lama, nor POTUS or a famous personality.

While I don’t mind my thank you tweet being retweeted, what about John’s followers? Why in the world does John think that our bit of conversation is interesting to his followers? It’s not. No one cares.

There’s no point in clogging up followers’ news feed by posting stuff you know 100% they’re not interested in. It’s like asking them to unfollow you.

5. Transforming Replies into Regular Tweets

This is a variation of the previous practice. The result of using the replies improperly is that you tweet to your followers parts of conversations that aren’t addressed to them. Example:

Annoying Tweet Addressed to Someone Else

It’s obvious that the tweet above should be addressed to Diane only. No one else is interested in it. However, it was seen by all the followers of the original twitterer.

Why annoying everyone? It’s very easy to fix this issue: place the @username at the beginning of your tweet. Not at the end, not in the middle. Right at the beginning. Such a tweet will be seen only by the intended recipient (@DianeNassy in our example) and by all your followers who follow Diane. All the others will not see it in their news feed.

Annoying Practice: Dot in Front of Twitter Reply

Another variation is the case when you add on purpose a dot in front of a tweet, right before @username. Such a practice transforms a reply into a regular tweet that is displayed on all your followers news feeds.

I’ll never understand what people think they get from annoying their followers like that. Isn’t it obvious that no one is interested in seeing the smiley face you addressed to someone else?

6. Sharing Lame Things, Looking for Fake Social Media Engagement

Annoying Practice: Sharing Your Breakfast on Twitter

If you have a non-business account and you’re connected with your mom, your girlfriend and a couple of friends, then I guess that “It’s coffee time” and other “very interesting” topics may not be annoying to them.

However, if you’re an internet marketer and consequently your followers are internet marketers, don’t be annoying by sharing lame topics in an amateurish and naive attempt to create a fake social media engagement.

Example – “Question of the Day: What song do you sing in the shower?” LOL

7. Ignoring the People Who Reshare Your Content

When someone reshares your content via a platform like JustRetweet, that person is paid with credits. While I don’t agree with ignoring these people, if you don’t bother to thank for these retweets, I could understand your reason. You paid for these retweets after all.

What if someone retweets your latest blog post without receiving any sort of payment? What could be the reason for ignoring the people who help you grow and make money?

Are you a John Doe Guru no one can live without? Don’t lie to yourself…

Irrespective of who you are, people can live without you and your great content.

You don’t get too much by ignoring them. While thanking for a retweet doesn’t cost you too much, not doing it could cost you a lot.

Don’t forget that Twitter is a social media platform. Doesn’t the word social ring a bell?

To Your Success!
Adrian Jock

P.S. Do you use any of these practices? Why? What other practices annoy you?

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19 thoughts on “7 Annoying Twitter Habits You May Wanna Get Rid Of

  1. Hi Adrian,

    I agree with you entirely on these annoying Twitter habits that some people have, and I truly wish they would change them.:)

    Thanks for the kind mention, and well, that’s the way I express my gratitude to all those who share my posts. However, I’ve learnt the ways after going through many learning processes and hit and trials myself – perhaps like most people, so I won’t say I didn’t commit a few of the above mentioned mistakes. Glad I’m through that phase!

    But as they say, each to their own. We can just about write and suggest to others how a tweet or re-tweet ideally should be, but at the end of the day, some would carry on doing what they prefer, isn’t it? It’s perhaps their way of being social, but it does annoy us if there are too many of such updates in our stream. For that reason, I just visit my notification section more than my stream to remain focused while working or replying.

    Thank for sharing. Have a nice week ahead :)

  2. Hi Harleena,

    Thank you for the comment.

    Due to these practices (and others) I don’t check my news feed anyway. Only the Notification tab and my private lists ;-) Still getting some junk though :)

    A nice week to you too!

  3. Hello Adrian,
    I have just started using & sharing my stuff on twitter… but not too much right now.. With the help of your article, I am learning something good which really improve my twitter experience.. :)

  4. Hi Himanshu,

    Thank you for your comment. Just curious… I’ve noticed that you use Twitter since 2010. Why did you say that you’ve just started? ;-)

  5. Hi Adrian,

    An excellent tutorial (in your style, of course !) for everyone to learn something.

    Honestly speaking, I did not know the function of that dot (.) before the user name and actually, I thought people made a typo. LOL!

    Having said that, I think you have taught some terrific things in this post. Basic courtesy, manners, ethics and some important technical tactics. But the title only gives a sense of behavioral annoyance and therefore some people, who need to learn these things, may not pay attention to the details.

    If I was you, I would have given this post, a better title, one which gives everybody a reason to read. Now, I am not suggesting a title here because I know you have a very creative brain already :-) But I know you could do better than this for sure!

    Just my two cents ;-)


  6. Hi Kumar,

    Thank you very much for your comment. People don’t criticize me very often. And I hate that because I know I’m not perfect :) If the readers don’t let me know what they think that can be improved, how am I supposed to guess?

    Before reading your comment, I actually thought that it’s a good headline. Not too harsh – something unusual to me LOL, but quite to the point. Sometimes my brain is creative indeed, but in the same time I don’t like the usual hype & lies. 7 things that will increase your Twitter performance by 200%, 7 things you can’t succeed without, bla bla.

    I don’t know if I can find a better headline without wasting too much of my time, but I’ll think about it.

    Looking forward to getting more “negative” feedback from you. I prefer this new style of yours :-)

  7. LOL! Well, being a Toastmaster, I prefer to call it as a ‘Constructive Feedback’. I don’t like the sound of the word ‘Negative’ simply because it’s already too much without me participating.

    I thought that you have covered some great points but the title doesn’t really give me a hint of those awesome things by itself.

    And by the way, regarding my Twitter spam with your link, I have no idea how that happened. I thought I tweeted the whole title + link and I see that it has only the link. I must have accidently pressed some keystroke that deleted the text part :-( Will be tweeting it again!

  8. Well, I don’t consider your feedback negative but positive. Anything that helps me isn’t negative but positive ;-)

    I was a little bit sarcastic, but don’t worry, my sarcasm wasn’t addressed to you but to the bloggers who delete or don’t respond to that kind of feedback :-)

  9. Don’t worry, I welcome almost any type of comment except for spam and comments that don’t include a decent language. So… even if in the future you’ll criticize me, I still welcome that type of comment. You already know my style :-)

    Actually I seriously consider adding yet another “Note” to the Comment area that will encourage people to tell me what they really think about my articles or about some of my ideas.

    Thank you for inspiring me :-)

  10. Hi Adrian,

    although I opened my Twitter account more than two years ago, it isn’t that long that I really started using it and I hope I didn’t do any of your above mentioned mistakes.

    However, I think all this has, as Kumar mentioned in his comment as well, a lot to do with manners, ethics and social behaviour. Just using some brain and common understanding would already help here.

    Unfortunately it seems that the majority of people isn’t gifted with these qualities, Not in real life, so how could they be on Twitter?

    Have a great weekend,

  11. Hi Torsten,

    Thank you for the comment and the reshares on Twitter and Google+.

    The last part of your comment may look a little bit harsh, but it reminded me of some tweeps who retweeted this article and then… guess what? The next day I’ve noticed that they still tweeted things like…

    .@username Hi :)

    Those guys weren’t bots. Their retweets weren’t automatic (bot) RTs based on hashtags or RTs via JustRetweet. They were real persons who read this article and then reshared it…

  12. Thanks for the great do’s and donts. Im just starting to use Twitter and great info like this is needed!

    #Appreciate the post Adrian!

    Best wishes,

  13. Hi Adrian, funny I’m reading this one after I did a similiar post this week. I have to agree with #1, #2 and #7. The sharing from Facebook really drives me nuts – if I wanted to be there I would be there and NOT on Twitter, right? If they don’t set their feed to public you can’t even view the link making it totally worthless and a waste of time.
    I think it’s just a lazy way to tweet.
    I remember Adrienne did a post on #3, I didn’t realize that was an annoyance and have been making sure not to do it often now.
    Excellent points Adrian!

  14. Hi Lisa,

    Thank you for your comment.

    The link to your latest blog post works like a charm here. I consider this type of comment (good comment + headline very much related to the article you’re commenting under) as the best one for a commenter :-)

  15. Hi Adrian

    You are so right about some of the annoying habits on twitter. The truth is bitter but it can help everyone make a change. Thanks for reminding us about twitter ethics and best practices in managing tweets

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