- Do not use "Pls RT". Not only does that use up six characters, it also presumes I am not smart enough to know if something is good enough to be shouted of from rooftops. That, and the fact I hate being told what to do.
- Do not use up all 140 characters unless unavoidable. Leave enough room for your twitter handle (if someone wants to RT) and some comments (from people who're sharing your tweet). The first is self-promotion, the second is courtesy.
- Do not tweet ONLY to share your blog post URLs. Thanks, but we have feed readers for that.
- Do not keep retweeting like there's no tomorrow. If we are linked through Twitter, there's a 1 in 2 probablity that our Followed list is very similar. Retweets by you clog up my timeline. If you find yourself retweeting stuff too often, consider putting those tweets into paper.li and sending out ONE single paper.li-automated tweet daily. Besides, if all that you do is retweet, I am going to Unfollow you within a week (unless what I was looking for was a human feed-aggregator. For free).
- Do not just retweet - tell me why you thought it was retweetable (see #2).
- Do not be a radio commentator on the sports field. If I am as enthusiastic about that game as you, I am watching it (and not reading your tweets). If I hate sports, you're clogging up my timeline and, No, I can't filter you out because you never use hashtags and words consistently. This holds true not only of sports but of TV programs as well.
- Do not tweet something that wouldn't make sense to 50% of your followers. What, you do not know about your followers? Bleh! You talking to chairs and tables, then - where's the point?
- Do not tweet long updates one after the other, 16 tweets to a minute for 3 full minutes. If you have lots to say, use Twitlonger (or whatever) or write a blog post.
* One of the definitions of 'twitter (verb)' given by the Oxford dictionary
Disclaimer: Sorry for the rant post but I just had to. Rant, i.e.