Easily-fixable Twitter Sins that You Are Paying Dearly for!

Since my previous Twitter tips blog post –  http://bit.ly/950Hu6 generated great feedback (big thanks to @Twitter_tips  @the_tech_update @LXLEE @Sung_H_Lee @AskAaronLee & @GreatTwitTips & others who helped me spread  it across Twitter) , I decided to share some more of my Twitter wisdom on why people can’t reach the Twitter sky. 

Mistake #1: You follow & unfollow the same person as crazy

It is okay to unfollow someone you followed before, but don’t follow and unfollow the same person ten times  -this is not okay. When you follow someone, then unfollow this person, then follow again and unfollow again, it is annoying, frustrating, and most of all – it is causing you to lose followers. When people find out you are the “Twiterizer” as I like to call it, they will not only unfollow you but many will block you. Maybe you think they will not find out? Think again! There are many Twitter tools that will inform the Twitter users about who is no longer following them (i.e. follow @unfollowr and get DM about the “quitters”).  

Mistake #2: You tweet like crazy. 

I am reheating lunch: 1.15 pm –> I am eating lunch 1.16 pm à I am washing dishes 1.17 pm. Okay, this is a little stretch, but seriously, if you are sending out one tweet after another, many people will unfollow you. Here is what happens in slow motion: you send a tweet – it shows up in your followers’ Twitter stream. You send ten of them in ten minutes, the Twitter stream of your followers is filled with your avatar and your comments. Yes, your followers MUST have noticed you by now. They see that thanks to your extensive tweeting, tweets from other people they follow are not showing up. They get upset, they unfollow you, or worse, block you.  Schedule your tweets on Hootsuite if you can’t be on Twitter more than once or twice a day. In any case, make sure that next time you feel your “Twitter urge” you hold your horses. Let other people speak. Don’t worry – if you have something good to say, people will notice you without you being all over the place. 

Mistake #3: You resend the same tweets as crazy.

It is okay to repost a tweet – actually it is advisable. Many people who are online now may not have been online when you sent it the first time, BUT! Do not send exactly the same tweet 10 times an hour – even 5 is too much. Sending the same tweet over and over annoys people – if you feel like it hasn’t been noticed at least change the wording around.

Mistake #4: You promote yourself or your company as crazy.

It is okay to promote yourself or your business on Twitter; in fact, it can be very effective as long as it is not all that you are tweeting about. However, if all your tweets are about what you are selling, what you are writing about, what you are doing, what you can do, what your company can do etc., you are becoming just an advertisement that people want to skip the same way as they skip the TV commercials. AND skipping you is as easy as switching the TV channel – it takes one click to get rid of you – unfollow.   This is exactly what will happen when all you do on Twitter is selling. Key is to add value – what information would your followers really want to know? Little hint – in most cases it is not your amazing teeth whitening offer. If you can combine adding value with promoting your stuff, you found a golden ticket!

Of course, the list doesn’t end here. Like in everything, there is always room for improvement. However, these are easily-fixable starting points that will help you grow your Twitter presence. All in all, let MODERATION be your guide on Twitter, and, it never hurts to try it in life too! 😉 

Yours XOXO Lucie

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About Lucie
I am curious and passionate about all things social and pretty much anything else I put my mind into.

4 Responses to Easily-fixable Twitter Sins that You Are Paying Dearly for!

  1. Thanks for the advice. We just started using Twitter and within 10 minutes had our first follower…got so excited that we committed Mistakes #2 & #4…two days later that follower was gone.

    We think our story is a compelling one, and certainly takes more than 140 characters to tell. We are redefining an art form that has been around for hundreds of years, with indigenous artists who were born in the middle of the tropical rainforest. We want to create a permanent industry to raise these people out of their extreme poverty conditions with real jobs, not charity. We are hoping that Twitter can help us do that, since we have very limited resources for any kind of advertising. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    • Hello there,
      Thank you for your comment. How is your Twitter account doing? Did you get a better hang of it? Twitter can certainly help any kind of business by creating buzz and getting people informed for free. You can generate leads to your website by using Twitter, thus increasing traffic. Thus it is a smart step for you to enter Twitterverse. My advice would be to follow the right people – who is your target market? Who are the ones you think could help you achieve your goal? Follow the people who may be interested in what you have to say. Also, make sure they know about you, so retweet their posts (I do not recommend retweeting by clicking RT button on Twitter though – use retweet button on Hootsuite for example). This is where I would start! Good luck & let me know if you have any more questions.

  2. gitanablog says:

    Very good tips, thanks! I’m having a dilemma…I am so grateful for mentions and RTs but I feel my stream is getting clogged with my “”thank you”s…what do u feel is the best way to acknowledge and thank people but keep your stream interesting and relevant to your followers?
    No rush – enjoy your weekend 🙂 Cheers!

    • I am sorry for the late response, but I guess now it is better than never! (I promise I will get better!!! 😉 But to your question – you can thank people via DMs (direct messages) for example, which will not show up in your stream or the stream of the person you are thanking to. Also, you may want to thank more people at once – just wait for more mentions and then when you have few people who retweeted you or mentioned you, then just thank them all in one tweet. However, if you feel like someone did you a big favor (RT your blog post for example, feel free to thank them publicly and individually). Thank you so much for your question and taking the time to read and interact with me! ((hugs)) * Lucie

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