7 ways to stop alienating your Twitter followers
Here are a couple of tips you need to employ right now to stop your Twitter followers from becoming disinterested in you.
1. Keep your tweets on topic
Twitter’s primary purpose is to keep people connected through 140 character answers to a simple question; What are you doing?
2. No more WANT updates followed by tinyurl links
Please adhere to Simon Collison’s advice:
“WANT: People to stop writing “WANT” and making me follow tinyurls to CRAP. And “WIN” and “FAIL” and LOLROFLIMAOASSWIPE shitty LOLcrap. RAGE” – @collylogic
3. Keep self promotion on the down low
If you have a site that you update regularly and you want to let people know about it on Twitter create a separate account specifically for that site. People are following you because they want to know what you are doing, not that you think they should read your each and every blog post. I’m sure they’re already subscribed to your RSS Feed anyway!
4. Twitter is not the new MSN Messenger
Plain and simple, a couple of @ replies here and there are fine, but if it starts exploding into a full blown conversation best keep that for your IM client. Not everyone following you needs to know the exact details of you and your mates Friday night plans!
5. Perhaps Twitter should employ a Drunk Filter also
Friday night might have been a blast but come Saturday afternoon when you finally roll out of bed you may very well regret something that you posted to Twitter in your drunken stupor. Be very careful, the world is reading.
6. Use hash tags to tag appropriate updates
Written something about a particular topic that you think others will find useful, even those not following you? Tagging your tweets allows for others to easily search for similar topics using sites like hashtags.org. For example:
“booking my hotel for UX London, The Cumberland Hotel discount makes it very worthwhile staying there. #uxlondon”
7. Keep an eye on your signal to noise ratio
Posting updates about every single thing you do during the day may very well be a great way to keep track of your life, alas people don’t need to know that you are heading to the bathroom for your daily business or that you are picking your nose, alright?
Keep your updates relevant and interesting and your Twitter followers wont grow to hate you.