We all have our prejudices, and I guess mine are reflected in my approach to social media and indeed networking on and off-line. Here are some turn-offs as regards Twitter users – I won’t say the Twitterati, because I reserve that expression for those who seem to me to know what they are doing. At least I am for the purpose of this post. Others may disagree, but I won’t follow people:
- Who only sell.. “Have you seen our new luxury greenhouse?” “Look at our summer offers on greenhouses.” “25% off small greenhouses.” “Look at our greenhouse website”
- Who tweet about the minutiae of their day with nothing else. A bit of “time for elevenses” mixed in with some good content makes for a rounded reputation or profile.
- Who use bad language. If you are talking the odd swear word might slip out, but if you actually have to type it?
- Who just post recycled quotations from various well-known people, alive or dead. Do they have no original thought of their own?
- Who never take part in the Twitter conversation, the broadcasters.
- Who criticize other people in their network.
- Who do not re-tweet good comments and interesting links.
- Who are professional internet marketers with tens of thousands of followers gathered by some auto-follow site.
- Who tweet links to get-rich-quick websites you have difficulty navigating out of.
- Who just auto-feed links to websites they have nothing to do with in the hope they will raise their own profile on the search engines.
It follows from all this that I enjoy good conversation with my Twitter friends and like to be referred to good and useful content. It’s all good fun, or it should be, and done well it is a great way to grow our networks, and as far as many of us are concerned, grow our businesses.
What winds you up, and what makes you want to follow someone?
© Jon Stow 2010