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Things Not to Do on Twitter - Infintech Designs Apr 05, 2013

8 Things Not to Do on Twitter

There’s plenty of advice regarding what to do on Twitter, how to engage your followers and how to build your audience. There’s less guidance available about what not to do, but this information is just as valuable. Committing one or more of these “Don’ts” may get you unfollowed quickly. Use the resource wisely, however, and you may just find that it’s the most effective tool in your social media tool belt.

Don’t be an Egghead
The default picture for all new users on Twitter is an egg. It only takes a minute to upload a profile picture, and this is one of the most essential steps to having a successful account. If your Twitter account is for your business and you don’t want to post a picture of yourself, upload your logo or some other image that represents your business. Whatever you do, don’t stay an egg.

Don’t Leave Your Profile Blank
Except for robot accounts or those interested in having a massive following, users look at others’ profiles to determine whether or not to follow them. If you can’t even say a few words about yourself and your interests in your profile, many people may assume that you’re too boring to follow.

Don’t Follow Hundreds of People before You’ve Posted Your First Tweet
This is a common mistake among those new to Twitter, but you should have some tweets under your belt before you follow others. This will increase your chances of being followed back.

Don’t Follow Everyone that Follows You
Twitter is not about the numbers. Would you rather have 1,000 followers, most of whom ignore your tweets, or 300 followers who share your interests and are more likely to read your posts and buy your products and services? The quality of your followers is much more important than the quantity.

Don’t Set Up an Auto Responder to Send Messages to All New Followers
The purpose of engaging in social media is to be social. Automatic messages make it look like you don’t think someone is worth the time to send a personal message. Either do away with the message to new followers altogether or customize it for each new follower you get to promote real dialogue.

Don’t Tweet Too Much or Too Little
You don’t want to blow up your followers’ feeds because that will annoy them, or worse, will look like you’re spamming them. At the same time, posts need to be consistent. Posting only once a week is of no benefit to you or your followers. Try to use the service daily and post 3-4 times over the course of the day. Spread out your tweets to reach followers in different time zones.

Don’t be Long-Winded
This service only allows users to send messages of 140 characters or fewer. You may see some people who use ellipses to continue a post, or send several tweets in a row to get the message across. If you find yourself doing this, work on making your words more concise. With a little practice, 140 characters will be more than enough to make your point.

Don’t Overuse Hashtags
Hashtags are words or phrases preceded by the pound sign (#) to categorize tweets and make them easier to search. These can come at the beginning, middle or end of your post. Best practices recommend using no more than two hashtags per tweet.

Having trouble getting Twitter to work for you? You’re not alone. Speak to the Infintech Designs’ team and you’ll soon find your Twitter success rates climbing. These experts know all the tips and tricks you’ll need to see Twitter success.

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