Using social media websites is absolutely free of cost. But if something is free, should you lose your manners just because you are free to say anything? Definitely not! Your etiquette shows your purpose of using any social media website. As a blogger or business marketer, here are few of the etiquettes that must be followed as your audience is watching you and observing you every minute of your online presence. These are just the guidelines and you can modify them any time as per your ease.
Don’t post uninteresting content
Before you post anything on Twitter, ask yourself if you want to see it or not as a user. Sharing your morning breakfast details or talking about your daily routine may not be the thing your audience might be looking for! So don’t disappoint them by wasting their time in idle posts and tweets. Always post with a purpose and an underlying reason for people to read it and share it with their friends.
No need to post TMI; Too much information
Excess of everything is bad! Same is the case with Twitter where people don’t have that much time to read your long statuses and tweets which are about nothing. Keep yourself on track by sharing the information related to your blog or online business which you want to promote. People want to know what they don’t know; so repeating old ideas or just wasting the space on Twitter will not work. Yes, do strive hard to make yourself more visible online but don’t get on the nerves of the people.
Don’t tweet about Media Spoilers
If you have had a bad experience about anything, that doesn’t mean the majority of your audience will be feeling the same about that particular experience. For example if you don’t like a block buster movie just because you didn’t like any specific actor, there is no need to tweet about how bad it felt after buying the ticket. Media spoilers are not in trend anymore and you cannot enforce your opinion on your audience. Be positive and spread happiness instead of complaining as people don’t use Twitter for reading your spoiled tweets.
The biggest mistake novice business owners make while promoting their business online is they advertise so much that it becomes oversized. People don’t want to know about the benefits of using your products in your every tweet or message you post. Self-centered promotion is never a good idea especially when you are facing such a huge audience with variable tastes.
Don’t become hostile
Yes controversy is necessary for promoting your brand; but just for rare cases. The risks are way heavier than any positive results. It can make or break your brand in minutes so beware of any such controversies which can let your viewers down unless you are a Hollywood celebrity. Don’t take any political or religious or even public stance just to gain online visibility. It can backfire and destroy your brand!
Minimize the use of HashTags
Tweets work on HashTags but using too much of them is not good. There is no need to spam your tweet with a lot of HashTags as it might be confusing to some users. A reasonable use of just 3 HashTags per tweet is enough.
Proper use of HashTags
Relevant HashTags must be used in your posts as people like to see what they expect from you. Just for the sake of bringing something new in your tweets may not be a great idea. You may end up just making things uninteresting. Unless you are promoting a brand or campaign, making up a HashTags is not suggested.
Don’t forget to use HashTags
By skipping the use of HashTags, you may end up losing your audience. Stick to using one HashTags at the end of your every message or post.
Frequent media posting
If you have a big brand, you can post hundreds of times a day but managing a small business is entirely different. If you are owner of a small blog or website doesn’t use that much posts that feel like you are a spammer.
Don’t post too much
The best businesses on Twitter suggest a break between posts and tweets. This is a great way to avoid the embarrassing label of spammer. It’s also great for reviewing your posts before you flood Twitter with your tweets.
Notify incoming Live-Tweet Events
LiveTweeting is a best way to break any news to your audience. Basically used for events and occasions, this feature is best for spreading any immediate news. Create a HashTags for your event and warn your users that they are going to get a flood of tweets and posts for your feed.
Follow particular users
Twitter allows you to follow anyone you want to but it doesn’t mean you must follow every other user or blogger. This seems so desperate of you and the impression on your audience will be bad! Be selective in your choices and just keep following people who have powerful profiles and brands.
Use of @
If you don’t use @ before mentioning any specific user on Twitter, he will not be notified. You can get a quick response by adding @ before the user name. However if you are not interested in getting quick response, just omit @.
Reply to @ Mentions and DMs
If any of your follower or Twitter users adds before your name, he wants you to see it publicly and respond in the same way. Being responsive means you are active and you care for your audience and get back to their messages. However if someone sends you private message, keeping the privacy is among the etiquettes of Twitter and you must follow them.
Understand manual and automatic ReTweets
Using the two forms of tweets and understanding the difference between them is the basic of Twitter. The automatic retweet is used when you want your audience to see the original tweet without any alteration. Whereas the manual retweet is something you copy and paste in the general format and you want your audience to see it through you.
Limit your automation of tweets
If you just automate your responses to @mentions or follows, it will look very inhuman. The post scheduler is a thing which needs automation and even in that case, an active response from your side is necessary when your tweet has gone live. So you can follow these etiquettes to make sure you are using Twitter