Proper Twitter Etiquette

Before you tweet, understand there are do’s and don’ts in 140 characters or less. Modern Manners Guy has 3 tips to make sure you tweet properly.

Richie Frieman
5-minute read
Episode #192

Ranting online is always the quickest way to react to something. After all, you’re very brave behind that computer and quite bold when it comes to your opinions. As well, you find yourself rather hilarious and feel that everyone will surely get your sense of humor (as was the case with Gilbert). Still, it goes back to your childhood days when your mom said: “If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” This simple lesson is key in everyday life and also on Twitter. What happens if you DO want to be vocal? Then I say, have at it. Speak your mind and fight for your beliefs, but always remember that if you think you are going to offend someone, chances are they will be offended.

To add on, if you are going to tweet, don’t be a robot. By that, I mean don't tweet the same thing over and over again. If you want to tweet the same issue or topic, that is fine, but mix it up. People will tune out if they feel like you're trying to cram something down their throats repeatedly.

Tip #3 – Don’t Feel Pressured

The biggest complaint I get from people when they say they don’t want to get on Twitter, is “I don’t want to have to tell people what I ate for breakfast.” This is a way of dumbing down the impact and fun of Twitter. It’s like saying you won’t go to a restaurant because you don’t like one of their dishes, and don’t care to try anything else on the menu. Not every tweet you see will be poetic, philosophical, and enlightening. But that’s the beauty of Twitter: you don’t have to tweet every day and you don’t even need followers to keep up on things. Your Twitter feed is up to you to control and manage. If you are only interested in Northeastern politics, then just follow people and organizations that cover that. If you’re only interested in vegan cooking – well guess what, there are tons of vegans on Twitter and they’ll be happy to tell you about the latest awesome way to cook tofu.

Twitter is a chance to connect with people from all over the globe and see what else is going on in the world. But there is not law that says you HAVE to tweet. Nor is there a law that says you HAVE to have followers. I have one account that I use just to follow news trends. I tweet from it, yes, but not as much as I do from my Modern Manners Guy account. Mainly it’s just to keep up with news that interests me. It’s like reading the newspaper everyday – you don’t have to email the writer and say you liked the article, just because you read it. Twitter is an opt-in system. So if you are active, great! If not, no biggie. You can be a passive observer. Just don’t knock it until you try it.

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