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The Top 10 Twitter Mistakes

Updated on June 10, 2015
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Avoid common Twitter errors

There are certain things that Twitter users do every day that are really irritating. This often results in a loss of followers or being blocked by users. You can avoid this.

It's what everyone does

Many of the top ten Twitter errors are made because people do 'what other people do'. Anyone can have an account - not everyone is an expert - and just because others do it, that doesn't mean it's right.

It might be simpler than you think

I've met a lot of people who are put off using Twitter because they take a look and just don't understand what's going on. What's going on is that they are seeing people making common mistakes! Friday follows? Hashtags? What are these things? Luckily, you don't need to know.

I hope these tips help

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1. Social media is all about adding value.

This user added goodness knows how many photographs to Facebook and had them automatically tweet.

Yep,one tweet for each one.

How does that add value to me as a follower? It doesn't.

All it tells me is a) this person is too lazy to use the two media separately and b) um ... he / she uploaded photographs.Am I going to look at them? No. I have no idea what they are. They could be something nasty that would put me of my lunch.

2. This is even worse and again, is using the automatic facility. At least with the person above I knew that they were posting photographs.

Here I have no idea so there's no way I'm going to click through.

3. Just because you have 140 characters, there's no need to use them.

In fact, no-one will retweet you if you do.

See the example on the right. As you can see,there are eight more characters than Twitter allows. If I was to retweet this, I'd have to carefully edit it.

I don't have the time to do that and the chances are that your followers won't either. It would have been so easy for the person to shorten the message (1hr, he's etc.)

Make it easy for your followers and use 120 characters or less.

4. Don't be hard to understand.

Yes,it's possible to work out what this means but again, why make it hard for followers?Maybe they think that being cryptic encourages people to click on the link?

Nope.

5. The magical mystery tour.

Well, at least it's not a Facebook link, but why should I click? There's no reason at all.

In fact, the link leads to today's menu specials from a local cafe - I'm interested in that. But writing 'today's specials >' would have been much better than 'TGIF'.

The fact that the person who tweeted it is glad that it's Friday is no incentive to me.

6. Please speak my language.

I have never tweeted in Spanish. The extent of my knowledge of Spanish is, more or less, knowing how to ask for a glass of wine.

For some reason that is beyond me I also know that 'aspiradora' means vacuum cleaner but that's my lot.

Why are you wasting time sending me pointless tweets in a language I don't understand?

7. Don't spam me and do check your facts.

This was sent to one of my accounts. They want to help me grow my Facebook page - but that account doesn't have one.

8. Don't spoil useful information.

Leaving aside the typo on the very first word, this tweet gives useful information.

But why the link?

Firstly, it really doesn't give me any information that enhances the message. Secondly it takes me to a Facebook page that is totally pointless.I got the message just fine from the tweet.

I don't need a static weather map (that will be out of date in no time) to enhance my experience.

I am not three.

9. This is just wrong.

Like the tweet above, the first word is incorrect.

This is a fairly expensive hotel - if they don't know how to use an apostrophe properly, will they calculate my bill correctly?

Where does the link take me? YouTube. Not to a video about the hotel either; just a general guide to the area.

Think for a minute.Why am I following you? It's either because I live locally and enjoy your restaurants and bars. Or because I'm coming to stay with you soon. Either way, I don't need general info about the area.

And why aren't you taking me to your own branded website or blog where I can peruse your menus, see what special cocktails you have right now or see your special offers?

10. Don't use pointless hashtags.

In fact, don't do anything that you don't fully understand.

Why have the people who added #socialmedia to their tweets done so?

You can see that if I search for that hashtag, results pop up every few seconds. No-one will follow that.You'll see #FF (FollowFriday) and there's absolutely no reason to do that either.

Think of Twitter as being cocktail party - just share your information and chat.Be yourself - be honest - enjoy it.

From a marketing point of view, the worst mistake you can make is sending your followers to third party sites. Why send them to Facebook or YouTube when you can send them to your own site or blog?

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    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      3 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @WeeCatCreations - good point :) You'll get the hang of it, don't worry.

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      Susan Caplan McCarthy 

      3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Twitter still confuses me ... at least now I know why.

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 

      4 years ago from Templeton, CA

      #3 is an especially sore point with me. I can't tell you how many tweets I wanted to retweet that were too long and unable to edit without leaving something crucial out. Hashtags and @____ can be edited out, but not the RT with name that is added.

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Donna Cook: Thank you!

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      Donna Cook 

      4 years ago

      Terrific lens! Thanks for listing many of my own pet peeves.

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @LoriBeninger: Lovely comment - thank you!

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      LoriBeninger 

      4 years ago

      I can't understand Twitter either coming or going, so I don't use it at all...but I loved this lens nonetheless! Thanks.

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @ecogranny: I agree so much about auto tweets.They drive me nuts and I always unfollow because it's not a real person, it's just a machine. I love to be in #FF lists too :) But I just wanted to make the point to beginners that it's not something they have to feel obliged to do. But yes, it's lovely to be included :)

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      Kathryn Grace 

      4 years ago from San Francisco

      I agree with most of these. Several are pet peeves, and yes, I do unfollow people who commit them over and over again. My number one reason for unfollowing, though, is not on the list: People who auto-tweet every couple of minutes. I want to see ALL the people I follow now and then, not just the five or six who want to take over the twitterverse with constant auto-tweets.While I rarely compile a #FF or #EcoMonday list, I don't mind them. I've met a lot of good tweeps I decided to follow because someone mentioned us in the same list. I think of it as a kindness and an honor to be included.

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      Tanya Jones 

      4 years ago from Texas USA

      excellent tips and caveats.

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      David Stone 

      4 years ago from New York City

      Smart and useful, once again.

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      Treasures By Brenda 

      4 years ago from Canada

      I particularly like this, "Be yourself - be honest - enjoy it."

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @TreasuresBrenda: Thank you! I guess that could be a motto for life in general :)

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @ThreeQuarters2Day: Thanks! Try some of the tools I've written about - it should only take you a couple of minutes a day to gain followers :)

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      Dawn Romine 

      4 years ago from Nebraska

      Good list of tips. I try to keep my focused, but every now and then I goof. I love Twitter, have really grown my views and click throughs to my sites with it. Growing your followers is hard work, in the beginning hours upon hours per week. But it really pays off.

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @fullofshoes: What a lovely comment - thank you!

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      fullofshoes 

      4 years ago

      Jackie..this is one of the best "twitter tips" lists I've ever come across. Excellent, thanks.

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      Anna2of5 

      4 years ago

      Thank you for the clarity.

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      Fay Favored 

      4 years ago from USA

      I couldn't really tell what you were talking about from the photos because they were too small even when made larger. Do you have this info somewhere else so I can see it better? Thanks.

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      Deborah Carr 

      4 years ago from Orange County, California

      Great info!! I don't think I have made these mistakes ... but I've probably made others! LOL

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Joanne Reid: That's so nice of you, thanks!

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      Joanne Reid 

      4 years ago from Prince Edward Island/Arizona

      Thank you!!! I never once thought about how using all 140 limited potential retweets. Wonderful advice. Great tips. You are the best!

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @yoursfoolie: Thank you for visiting! What I've tried to do - I don't know whether I've succeeded or not - is to show that Twitter isn't complicated at all. It's other people who make it seem like some sort of inner clique. Luckily, it's very simple to make the most of it :)

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      Christine Hulme 

      4 years ago from SE Kent, England

      Thanks for this info! It's also helpful to view the weekly email twitter sends, with stats on how many views I received for each of my tweets.

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      yoursfoolie 

      4 years ago

      I've always been completely intimidated by social networking sites, but your "tips" contained just about a whole explanation of how Twitter works ~ and gives blessing and forgiveness for not using some of the more arcane bells and whistles ~ it's good to know that if I just go with a little dignity I won't be cooking my own goose!..."Am I going to look at them? No. I have no idea what they are. They could be something nasty that would put me of my lunch." Cute! Seriously, though, some people do enjoy grossing their circle of acquaintances out with surprise visuals. I really don't appreciate that, and never hesitate to say so ~ it's the only way I know it won't be coming in from that same source ever again!Thanks for an informative and reassuring lens.

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      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @ColettaTeske: Thanks for visiting!

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Margaret Schindel: Thank you! That's very true about common sense :)

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @linhah lm: Keep at it :)

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      ColettaTeske 

      4 years ago

      I've been on Twitter for years. It's a fun platform and it has worked well for me. I use it to promote my writing. Hashtags are my favorite, when used with a purpose. Great tips! Thank you!

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      Margaret Schindel 

      4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Brit, most of these are common sense, but as we all know "common sense" is, sadly, not all that common, especially when it comes to social media use. Thanks so much for sharing your expertise, as always!

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      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @CubScouter94: Thank you!

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      Linda Hahn 

      4 years ago from California

      Thanks for this common sense approach. I just joined Twitter so I could see who was tweeting my stuff, but that was a no go.

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      Tasha Marie 

      4 years ago from Mahomet, Illinois

      I am always looking for better ways to understand twitter. Thank you for these great pointers. Have a Blessed Day!

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @amandascloset0: I've made them all at some time or other :)

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      amandascloset0 

      4 years ago

      Mistakes like these are very easy to make. Thanks for the pointers

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      amandascloset0 

      4 years ago

      Great ideas! Thanks for posting

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @AnonymousC831: Thank you. Yes, I made most of those mistakes when I first started!

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      AnonymousC831 

      4 years ago from Kentucky

      Great advice. I have to admit, I have done at least one of the things stated above. I'm getting better everyday and I try not to make mistakes. I'm new to Twitter. Very good lens.

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @stereomike83: Me too and it's a shame because they probably have interesting things to say but are missing out because of not thinking properly.

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @smine27: Thank you - I hope it helps people to keep their followers.

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      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @SusanDeppner: That's so annoying,isn't it?

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      stereomike83 

      4 years ago from UK

      Couldn't agree more. Have unfollowed quite a few people for some of these reasons!

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      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Fantastic tips that anyone can learn to do.

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      Susan Deppner 

      4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Good tips. I recently un-followed someone on Twitter who posted tons of pictures in a row on Pinterest with automatic posts going to Twitter. One-right-after-another. Grrr. If I had followed her on Pinterest I would have un-followed her there, too.

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      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Merrci: I hope this will help!

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      Merry Citarella 

      4 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Great info to know. Haven't started yet, but I've been considering it. Thanks.

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Brite-Ideas: Thank you!

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 

      4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Excellent tips here, enjoyed reading this and I agree with all 10!

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