Unfollow Friday

I love Twitter. I spend a little too much time there. If you don’t care about Twitter or aren’t on there, I put a really cute picture of Spencer at the end of post to make it worth it. Here are some things about Twitter that drive me insane and are not recommended practices.

1. Auto-Direct Messages (DMs) that thank you for following a person. No one likes them. Especially if you are using them to pimp your blog or second twitter account. I will immediately unfollow.

2. Speaking of DMs, stop with the tweets that just say DM. Anyone who follows both of you can see these tweets and they are annoying. Either refresh your screen more often or set up your phone/email to notify you when you get one. I am likely to unfollow one of you to not see these anymore.

3. Giveaway spam. Yes, it is true you can win some fun stuff from Twitter. I have. But space out your entry tweets. No one wants their stream to have 25 different entry posts from one person all in a row. Also, if you don’t use your account for more than entering giveaways, I will check and I will unfollow. Other people will too. Twitter is about interaction.

4. Spelling. Abbreviations are a part of Twitter and part of the fun of squeezing a thought in to 140 characters. Sometimes we have to be creative. But if you can’t demonstrate that you actually know the difference between your and you’re. I will unfollow you. Respect the red squiggly line.

5. Always complaining. @Emmie_Bee just wrote an excellent post on this. No need to rehash it here. She made some good points.

Some good things about Twitter:

1. I’ve made some great friends there, some I have even managed to meet in real life, that I never would have had a chance to get to know otherwise.

2. Tweeting your blog posts helps get new readers. It is handy.

3. Emergency answers to random new mom questions in the middle of the night. I can’t stress the awesomeness of this enough. Some one is always up and ready to help.

And a super-cute photo of Spencer to close things out:

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9 Responses to “Unfollow Friday”

  1. Susan says:

    So true!! I’ve just started using Twitter more (thanks to the SITS girl blog frog community). Not only are these reasons to unfollow someone, but they are good guidelines for newbies to follow!!! Thanks!!

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  2. Suzanne says:

    I LOL’d at “respect the red squiggly line!!” It’s so true – every once in a while I end up somewhere on Twitter where grammar and spelling dare not to trod and it’s terrifying.

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  3. I totally agree, especially with the giveaway posts one. But I will say I always get nervous when I see a blog post like this, because I think: Oh, gee, how many of these have I violated? Eek!

    P.S. That is a super-cute picture of Spencer.

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    Amy Reply:

    In a nice, cruel twist of fate, I missed a typo and this post went up with a massive spelling error that I didn’t catch for hours. Ha. The internet showed me. I’ve made these mistakes too and I always worry when I see posts like these, too.

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  4. First, glad I found ya blog…and Uh oh, I’m guilty of the there/there type…forgive me *smile* but seriously you made excellent points all valid and all of which I agree.

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  5. Btw, your son is too CUTE!!

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    Amy Reply:

    Thanks so much! I sure think he is a cutie.

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  6. Nichole says:

    Okay, I am totally guilty of the DM tweets.
    I don’t even know why I do them…just habit, I guess.

    Thanks for the reminder. :)
    Great post!

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  7. I wholeheartedly agree with all of it! Auto DMs are the #1 most annoying thing on Twitter! I’ve unfollowed people who lots of giveaway spam and I think you bring up a great point about complaining. There’s someone in my Carolina Tweeters list that complains ALL THE TIME. I would unfollow but she’s part of a local group I am so she’d definitely notice. But seriously, every tweet is a overly profane complaint. Ugh!

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