I know what you’re thinking: Who died and put me in charge of Twitter etiquette?
No one. I’m exercising the inalienable right granted to me by the blogosphere to express every opinion I have, whether you asked for it or not, and whether I know what I’m talking about or not.
Today’s rant is about two Twitter behaviors — both regarding retweeting — that really need to stop.
The first involves Follow Friday behavior. If someone recommends you in a #FF tweet, congratulations. Feel free to thank the referrer in a direct message. A “@referrer Thanks for the #FF!” tweet is even OK (just don’t overdo it).
But, for God’s sake, do NOT retweet the original #FF tweet. You look like a self-serving, egotistical jerk when you do that. I mean, really, are you that starved for attention?
The second behavior is even more deplorable than the first.
Some people maintain multiple twitter IDs. If you do that, you probably have a good reason why. But do you think that those of us who follow you don’t know that the tweets from the multiple IDs are coming from the same person?
You do know that? Then why the hell do you retweet your own tweets? Who do you think you’re fooling?
Is this a ploy to increase your Twitter rank, Twitter score, or some other completely misguided methodology designed to make you think your tweets are insightful and deceive you into thinking that you are somehow influential?
If you do either of these things….wait, what am I saying, of course you don’t do these things. Nobody who reads this blog would do those things.
So, if you know someone who commits these retweeting faux pas (damn, what’s the plural of faux pas?), please show them this blog post.
Next up in the Twitterquette series: How to deal with stupid-ass tweets like:
“PREDICTION: Old media that doesn’t innovate and/or collaborate with new media will be extinct media in the next 5 years.”
(Hat tip to @WorkingOnStep2 for alerting me to the above crime).
Your suggestions for correcting bad Twitter behavior are welcomed.