Twitter Decorum

Decorum and Polite Behavior

Decorum says
Marketing meets Twitter

I’m going to start this column with a question of my enlightened readers.  Just because, we the public, has allowed a thing to become the norm, does that make it correct?  I will argue that it doesn’t.  My point is, just because we have allowed Twitter to become an all out ‘push marketing’ machine does not make it correct.  In fact, quite the opposite.

Twitter Decorum

I am a creature of habit, I usually start my day within minutes of the same time every day.  No surprise then, when I see the exact same identical tweets from the exact same identical people that I saw yesterday and the day before and the day before and the week before and the month before and….

How ‘bout a rule?  If you don’t actually type the tweet, don’t send it.  The pitch marketing at Twitter is simply out of control anyway, this could go a long way towards reeling it in.  If you didn’t type it RIGHT NOW, don’t send it.

Twitter Two

HTML tags don’t translate well to Twitter.  I know it’s a big secret, but there it is.  So please take a little time on your tweet to make sure it doesn’t come out like this:  Big$&’ni&s Bananna#$’%&s are simply the Best!.  Takes you 7 seconds to make it come out right. Don’t tell me you are too busy, you either are too stupid to fix it, or more likely, too lazy.

Twitter Three

There is a certain decorum to getting your CTP mastery certificate at twitter.  It involves not getting it all in one day, or even one week.  Please don’t post 1000 tweets in a day,  Please.  Slow and steady wins the race at CTP, plan it out over the course of a couple of weeks, and make it 2 or 3 sessions per day so I don’t have to look at 100 consecutive tweets, broken by one timed marketer followed by another 100 consecutive tweets.  Pretty Please??

I am a CTP twitter master, and I certainly understand the desire to work those steps in a rush.  The problem is, done too much at a time, it has the look and feel and smell of spam, which can cost you followers that you are going to want to have later in the process.

And in the End

This post didn’t follow it’s notes much better than the last one.  It didn’t start out as a pure twitter column, it just became that.

What are your favorite ‘decorum breeches’ at Twitter?  I’d love to hear them, use the comments section below, if you like.

Tweet, tweet.

I’m just sayin’

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