Some weeks ago, I shared some common Facebook mistakes. Today, I’ll be sharing some of the most commonly made mistakes on Twitter. Just as I said in my facebook piece, Twitter can also get you fired or hired. So, you want to ensure that you abide with the following tips in your daily twitter activities:
• Stick to 140 characters: Many of the twitter apps available today have made it possible for tweeters to tweet more than 140 characters. While this is a good feature, you should do all you can to avoid it. I personally believe that it is a good decision to abide with twitter’s natural etiquette. Remember, twitter is a micro-blogging platform.
“Remember that the primary aim of twitter is Information broadcast – a meaningful one for that matter. “
• Never attempt to tweet everything: This is one of the ways people misuse twitter. Ensure that your tweet is passing across a meaningful message to your followers. I am sure that no one is interested in reading a tweet about you going to the toilet. It’s funny, but I sometimes get such tweets from my friends. Remember that the primary aim of twitter is Information broadcast – a meaningful one for that matter.
• Use your real picture: In my piece about common mistakes made by facebook users, I mentioned this point. I cannot over emphasise it. If you can’t use your real image, then ensure you use an image that complements your personality. This is important because most times, pictures are actually the best form of identification during a search. You’ll agree with me that two people can bear the same name but the chances of having two people look exactly alike is very slim.
• Use @replies appropriately: Never attempt to discuss anything private with anyone using the @mention function. DM is appropriate for such instead.
• Write good bio: Don’t join the wagon of people who write “please, check back later” on their twitter bio section. Ensure that you write a compelling bio of yourself. You never can tell who will check it later.
• Ensure you provide a link to your website/blog if you have any.
• Avoid protecting your tweets if you want to get followers.
• Never tweet a link without telling your followers what the link is all about.
There are many other guides, but let’s Keep it Simply Simple here. Keep Evolving!