Twitter Etiquette is for the Birds

by Jim Spencer on November 24, 2009 · 7 comments

Did you write the Twitter Etiquette for Dummies book? Are you the Miss Manners of Twitter?

I don’t mean helpful instructions on the RT (retweet) or # (hashtag). I mean urging people to limit what kind of information they share, when to share and even how to share?

Enchanté - Nice To Meet You

Nice to Tweet You

I hope that you are helpful.  I also hope that you let people decide how to Tweet on their own.

When you are in a conversation in a coffee shop do you tell your companion how to speak with you?  Would you like it if someone told you how to speak with them or how to Tweet? I don’t think so.

Oh and feel free to cross-post.  That means feed your Tweets into Facebook, LinkedIn, FriendFeed and so on.  Go where the people are.  Create a brand.  Develop outposts for your content. Be ubiquitous.

This post was inspired by @MikeLangford, kind  of :-)

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1 Mike Langford November 24, 2009 at 1:44 am


I continue to be floored by the amount of self righteous BS I see on Twitter. In what other social situation is it acceptable for self appointed keepers of the way to pontificate to the masses the dictum of how one should and must communicate with others? Mega churches come to mind.

It’s one thing to share with people concepts and techniques which have proven effective for you and your business. It’s quite another to spend ones times railing against the very people whose feeds you have chosen to subscribe to and who have in many cases shown you the courtesy of subscribing to yours.

2 Jim Spencer November 24, 2009 at 8:53 am

Mike, thanks for stepping up to the podium. You may not be in a Mega Chruch, but you are preaching to the choir! LOL

3 Joe Cascio November 24, 2009 at 8:34 am

Um… excuse me, but doesn’t telling people to stop telling others how to tweet come under the heading of telling others how to tweet?

4 Joe Cascio November 24, 2009 at 8:38 am

Oh.. maybe that was the point? 🙂

5 Jim Spencer November 24, 2009 at 8:51 am

Glad that we could stir your pot a bit Joe. So, what did you decide? I think it is a step removed from telling others how to tweet.

6 Todd Randolph November 24, 2009 at 9:38 am

does this mean I am wrong for bitching at social media experts who auto dm me when I follow them. they tell me that most of their followers get value from not having to visit their profile to get the link to their latest e-book. and who am I to judge?

7 Joe Cascio November 24, 2009 at 9:43 am

Well, personally I haven’t really encountered too much of what you describe so I don’t really have too big an ax to grind on this issue. But I do agree people need to find their own way and make their own mistakes. Twitter is a very general type of medium and how someone uses it depends a lot on what they’re trying to get out of it and what type of person they are in the first place. Trying to come up with one set of rules is sort of ridiculous. Let every flower grow, I say.

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