What Not to Do on Twitter – Essential Guide

Posted in Social Media6 years ago • Written by MAK1 Comment

So, you have finally signed up for your Twitter account and are building a base of followers. As you get going, make sure you follow the rules of Twitter that will help you get the maximum benefit for your business and to be a good community member. My brother, who earns a probation officer salary, recently joined Twitter, and asked for tips. One of these rules is to not continuously follow then un-follow a large number of people. Doing this give a false impression of your number of followers. Twitter, as well as other users, will notice this inconsistency and will gain a bad image of your business. Gradual changes in your numbers of followers and the number of people you follow are natural and will cause no harm.

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Quality Over Quantity

While you may be tempted to do whatever necessary to build a massive following, gaining hundreds of followers every day will cause people to view your actions suspiciously. Although you may occasionally see a large number of new followers due to your posting of genuinely interesting information, it just doesn’t happen naturally every day. If it does, people will naturally think you are paying for followers or taking other questionable measures to influence your follower numbers.

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Because of this, it is always a better idea to build your base of followers naturally. This will not only help build your company’s reputation and esteem, it will also make sure that the followers you do have are ones that can help spread word of your activities and help build your brands popularity and reputation. When it comes to Twitter followers, quality is much more important than sheer quantity.

Over tweet Much? 

You also don’t want to send rapid-fire messages because it is highly annoying to others and can lose you followers. Why do people hate over tweeting? There are actually a couple of reasons why. First of all, people want to have time to actually read and contemplate the information before being bombarded by more. When you send too many tweets in a short period, it can be much more difficult for readers to see the value in the information and they will often ignore them all.

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Sending too many tweets too often is harmful for another reason as well. Every time you make a tweet, it will move previous tweets in your followers’ feeds down, preventing them from reading much content that may prove valuable to them. This is a great way to annoy your followers and to cause them to un-follow your tweets. To prevent this trouble, make sure you space all tweets by at least a minute. Preferably, you will tweet even less. If you just want to be active, try reading and commenting on some of your followers’ tweets instead.

These are some of the most common mistakes people make on Twitter. If you avoid these mistakes, you will be much less likely to lose your followers. After all, once a follower leaves you, it can be nearly impossible to lure them back. Make sure you take every step possible to be a good member of the Twitter community and to make people want to follow your feed. By doing so, you will slowly build a genuine base of followers that will help you take your business to the next level.

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