10 Twitter Behaviors That Drive You Nuts

I spend a lot of time on Twitter, like the average person whose job revolves around social media. Aside from that, it's really something I enjoy. Like everything in life, however, you have to take the good with the bad. I'm not one to keep these types of things to myself, so I've decided to share my dislikes.

These are the things/people I've observed that really pluck my nerves, in order of least to most annoying, for your ranking pleasure. You can probably commiserate.

10. The egg. Really? You can't find the time to add a profile picture? It's one of the easiest things you'll ever do on Twitter. If you can't do this, I can't even think about following you.

9. Following to Followers ratio is way off. I'm always suspicious of this because let's face it, unless you're George Takei, UberFacts or are doing something really significant with your stream, there is no real reason why the number of people following you outweighs the number of people you follow by more than 80%. I smell purchased followers. (By the way, you can check to see if an account has fake followers by conducting a Twitter Audit.)

8. Team followback-like mentality. No, I will not follow you because you followed me and if I do follow you, I will not automatically follow/friend you on other platforms. No matter how many times you ask. Sorry.

7. Please retweeters. I dole my retweets out like I dole out my favorites - because I want to. You've said or shared something I like and this is how I acknowledge it. I know, you read somewhere that adding "Please Retweet" will get you retweeted, but to be honest, you asking me to retweet every single one of your tweets pretty much guarantees that I will never retweet it. Ever. Besides, couldn't you put those characters to better use?

6. Hashtag squatters. You may call this something else, but these are the folks that hashtag their content based on what's trending and not the context of the message. If you're going to jump on a bandwagon at least make sure the hashtag is appropriate. #stopdoingthisbecauseitsreallyannoying

5. Scheduling all of your tweets at the same time. Almost all of us looking to maintain a robust Twitter presence use some sort of scheduler. If you look at my stream these days, you'll notice it's a healthy mix of my usual pithiness and some carefully selected tweets, scheduled several hours apart from each other. I do this so I don't pile a bunch of messages into my followers' streams at one time. I assume you'd like to hear from someone other than me. It would be nice if you repay the courtesy.

4. The automated direct message response. I've followed you and what's my reward? An automated message delivered to my inbox asking me to: a) follow you on another platform, b) subscribe to your newsletter/blog or, my favorite, c) not send you direct messages because you don't check your inbox. What's your reward? An unfollow.

3. You spam my stream. If you haven't noticed by now, I'm from the school that believes in high levels of engagement over high number of followers. Call me crazy, I like to interact with my community. So, DO NOT SPAM MY STREAM. I don't care that Snooki and JWoww lost weight with some green coffee bean. Retweet that message too many times and you will be short by at least one follower by the end of the day.

2. Too many tweets. I'm not going to throw out a magic number here, but consider this: If you grow sick of the number of times you tweet in a day, I can just about guarantee your followers are growing sick of you, too.

1. Having nothing to say. It's called social media for a reason. If every tweet I receive from you has me scratching my head, or you literally have nothing to say - in other words you've followed me and you're not tweeting - I will not follow you.

Okay, so this was a little tongue in cheek, but it's all based in truth. What Twitter behaviors drive you up a wall? Feel free to share in the comments.

About the author: Diana Williams is a social media associate for the University of Virginia. She also freelances as a digital presence consultant. Call her a guru and you will get the side eye. Find more at dianawilliams.net

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