Following the Etiquette of Twitter

All social networking sites have a certain etiquette that you need to follow, and Twitter is no different. Before you commit a Twitter faux-pas be sure to keep these rules in mind:

  • Don’t be a spam twit. When you post nothing but your blog posts, or posts to your other sites, your followers will lose interest fast. Don’t spam your followers. Be sure to talk about something other than yourself so that you don’t come across as a spammer.
  • Respond to all replies. When someone replies to your message, make sure to respond to them to let them know you got their message. Since messages move so fast on Twitter, especially when you have a lot of followers, it can be difficult to keep up with replies. Fortunately, Twitter has a handy function that will track your replies for you. However, do keep in mind that if your replies start to become overly personal tone, make sure to use the dm function. You don’t want to clutter up your follower’s update feeds with your personal prejudices, opinions or rants!
  • Don’t use all caps in your updates. This is one of those general online etiquette tips that applies to Twitter as well.
  • Check in from time to time with your account. Don’t start a Twitter account only to check in with it every few days or once a week. Make it a part of your daily routine so you can connect with your followers.
  • Don’t post the same link more than once. If people are really interested in your blog and your links, they’ll visit it the first time you post it. You don’t need to post your link multiple times.

If this hasn’t convinced you that Twitter is a great way to get traffic to your lenses, websites and blogs, you should try it out yourself. It’s free and easy to use. You’ll be suprised by how much traffic you’ll build from this simple tool.

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