Last month, I told you 10 Things Not to Do on Twitter, but I have even more things to add to the list. A recent online poll by Econsultancy suggests that if you do these things too often, people will un-follow you on Twitter.
According to their (unscientific) findings, the top 3 reasons people will unfollow you on Twitter is because you are “too noisy” (tweet too often), too self-promotional, and “spammy.”
Here is my updated list of Things Not to Do On Twitter:
1. Don’t Complain Too Much: It’s okay if you gripe about waiting in line at the airport every once in a while, but if you’re always complaining about poor service, long waits, or even the weather, it’s just a bummer. I’m going to unfollow you. If I want to hear complaints, I might as well call my great aunt in Florida.
2. Don’t Ask For Too Many Favors: Again, it’s okay if you do this every once in a while, but if you’re constantly asking your followers to RT, e-mail, click, or buy something, they’ll eventually feel put out and will unfollow you.
3. Don’t Tweet About New Followers: I’m glad you got a new follower, but your other followers don’t want to read about it every time someone new follows you. Really, there’s no need to thank people for following you. It’s not that big a deal.
4. Don’t Make Everything Political: If you’re a political figure or a political columnist, people are obviously following you to get your take on various political issues. But if you’re Joe Schmoe from Ontario, I don’t need to hear your take on the latest local referendum.
5. Don’t Broadcast Your Klout Score: That’s just sad. We are not impressed.
6. Don’t Tweet Every Thing That Happens To You: I follow one person (who will not be outed here) who tweets every second of the day. I’m honestly not sure how she manages to do her job, eat lunch, go to the bathroom, and have human interactions since she is apparently always tweeting. The only reason I haven’t unfollowed her so far is that she’s pretty amusing most of the times. That said, there’s no reason to tweet that much. Go live your life a little bit!
7. Don’t Be Boring: Over at OpenForum.com, Courtney Rubin recently suggested a good rule of thumb for whether or not something is interesting enough to tweet about: “If it would bore your friends in real life, it will certainly bore your followers on Twitter. I’m with you, Courtney!
What are the primary reasons you unfollow people on Twitter?
For the full analysis of Econsultancy’s findings about why people unfollow others on Twitter, click here.
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