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The 10 Stupidest Mistake And Most Misused Apps For Twitter That Will Make People Ignore Or Hate You And Your Business


1. Blip (and other music stations)

Sharing your musical choices is great fun. Updating Twitter every single time you play a track is stupid. Why do you think people like radio stations where they hear lots of tracks and hardly any voice? Why do you think visitors scream at blog owners to switch off the damned music plug-in? Yes, that’s right – because it’s annoying!

Do it right: Just link your Blip ’station’ URL – and not too often.


They’re inspirational. They’re profound. They’re funny. They show us that you are none of those things and have nothing to say. They get you unfollowed. Stop it. (That also goes for sending the same message every hour, on the hour, by the way)

Do it right: Just don’t do it!

3. Auto-follow

I’m not sure who invented the idea of auto-following everyone who follows them (or who follows someone else, for that matter). It’s a stupid idea. The point of Twitter is to listen to and talk with people who interest you, not just anybody who happens to randomly hit your profile page. Switch it off.

Do it right: Follow people who interest you.

4. Auto-DM

When I follow you, I don’t need your thanks – what you’re saying is interesting and useful. If you want to send a personal message, that’s great, but don’t spam me with some crap about being really grateful or your latest way of earning $65,000 in a month. Businesses who send a link to their web site are even worse – hello, I know how to click on a profile, thank you. Send me a $5 gift voucher instead.

Do it right: Ask people to introduce themselves and reply when they do.

5. Auto-Tweet

Automatically sending individual links to absolutely everything you publish on your blog, every single picture you post (on Twitpic or Flickr) or every single job you post on your site is possibly the most infuriating pile of spam ever. It’s hard enough keeping up with the good content from more than ten people without having to deal with your Tweet-diarrhoea.

Do it right: Summarise. Post a link to that.

6. Auto-RT bots

Noticed the trend for stupid apps yet? Yes, they’re automated. This is the worst: bots that constantly search for the use of a word or phrase and automatically reTweet it! What’s the point of that? So I said “Woot”. So what? Astoundingly pointless waste of time, energy and resources.

Do it right: Delete the bot. Sell the parts and donate to charity.

7. Web pages that auto-tweet

You’ve built a killer app. You have hundreds of people registering. You have thousands of hits every day. And your web site sends an automatic Tweet through their account every time someone registers or uses the site. Allow me to clarify something for you here: that’s not advertising. It’s annoying, stupid spam. Word of mouth doesn’t work when you’re the one speaking on someone else’s behalf.

Do it right: Give people the option, don’t force the Tweet.

8. Twittascope

This is worse than the music. Yes, I know it’s only once a day, but why on earth would anybody be interested in someone else’s horoscope? Hello? Go back up the list and read numbers 1 and 7. Thank you.

Do it right: Just don’t do it. Unless there’s a hilarious coincidence – then blog it and link that.

9. Follower finders

The Tweets that people have added themselves to YATD (Yet Another Twitter Directory) are annoying enough (see 7), but the constant advertising that I can find another 50,000 people who are interested in the same things as me just by registering are even worse. The idea of “natural growth” in membership and the fact that these followers are chosen from a list of spammers who register in every category has obviously not occurred to you yet.

Do it right: If the site’s good, tell us. Otherwise, we don’t care.

10. Advertising

Please read the post entitled “Bend over, I want to sell you something” . Advertising in any social media is an enormous faux-pas unless you do it very, very well and actually engage your audience. Doing it on Twitter is the quickest route to follower-migration ever. I’m not even going to mention paid-per-Tweet models of earning. Oh, poop, I just did.

source- honeytechblog.com

  1. 06/08/2009 at 7:06 AM

    I’m still pretty new at Twitter yet I’ve experienced these mistakes more than enough already. Thanks for saying it so well.

    • himanshuon
      06/08/2009 at 6:30 PM

      thanks a lot for your time.

  2. Edy
    06/08/2009 at 7:11 AM

    Oh I could not agree more with all 10 of these. Spamming and the naked chicks and the sellers of everything under the sun are a pain in the arse! That is not being social. What else is bad form, not protecting your updates and then yelling at someone who has decided to follow you and respond to your tweets and then blocking them, along with a rude message. That is way rude. Not at all nice. Also thanks for having the Celebs verify themselves! Saves so much time from the posers. And thanks for getting rid of the pervs! THANKS

    • himanshuon
      13/08/2009 at 7:05 PM

      welcome 🙂

  3. 06/08/2009 at 7:13 AM

    Thanks for the tips, great stuff will definately check myself on some of the points made here! 🙂 Thanks

  4. 06/08/2009 at 7:18 AM

    Really, really funny.
    This autor haven’t patience!

    • himanshuon
      13/08/2009 at 7:04 PM

      thank you

  5. 06/08/2009 at 7:26 AM

    75% right. that’s a D+

  6. 06/08/2009 at 7:33 AM

    Great list. By the way, Sysomos issued a report today showing that bots account for 24% of total tweets: http://sysomos.com/insidetwitter/mostactiveusers/


  7. 06/08/2009 at 7:42 AM

    Awesome list. I’ve gotten to the point that if a person tweets how I can get up-teem number of follows I unfollow them. Seriously why does anybody need to follow all those people?

    I also agree on getting rid of all the auto-stuff, is your life too full/busy that you can’t spend an hour doing it by hand? If so then you probably shouldn’t be on the networks in the first place since the goal is to be “social”

    Once again – great post

    • himanshuon
      06/08/2009 at 7:02 PM

      thanx a lot

    • himanshuon
      13/08/2009 at 7:03 PM

      ya thats a very good point. if u don have time den why u hve an account. i don think its a prestige issue to have an account on twitter. think people. you are not gonna get any rewards waisting time on these sites

  8. Michelle Agnew
    06/08/2009 at 9:48 AM

    Thank you!

  9. 06/08/2009 at 10:15 AM

    I am not in total agreement with your opinion particularly with respect to quotes. If something is inspirational, profound or funny why would you unfollow based on that? Quotes are often more revealing about a person’s state of mind or an idea they are trying to communicate than regular every day tweets. In addition, when we post a link to an article, such as yours, isn’t that really nothing more than one big, long quote. I have never unfollowed someone because they like to tweet quotes. I get a little bit tired of the constant haranguing we get regarding how we should behave on Twitter – people don’t guide and scold other people in any other media or in everyday life the way they do on Twitter. Why? Imagine if we went around telling total strangers what they should be talking about, how they should be doing it and who they should be talking to. Live and let live, Tweet and let tweet.

    • himanshuon
      13/08/2009 at 7:01 PM

      i agree with you michelle but in my opnion it sometimes get annoying

  10. 06/08/2009 at 1:36 PM

    This is a really great list. One to keep to send to those that break these rules for sure. 🙂

    • himanshuon
      13/08/2009 at 7:00 PM


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    • himanshuon
      13/08/2009 at 6:59 PM

      thnk you

  13. 06/08/2009 at 1:48 PM

    i like the honesty here, i agree with many of your points, the follower finder is such a stupid thing! The only one who benefits from this is the people who make the follow finder by getting their name out there. If u have 10,000 followers who dont know u, aren’t interested in you, what are u gaining! At present i have around 650 followers, but i know each and every one is a good follower who has the same interests and will like what i tweet. Feeling popular because u have thousands of followers who dont care what u say is sad! The only one ur kidding is yourself! Good blog, keep em coming!

    • himanshuon
      13/08/2009 at 6:59 PM

      yes, i agree. like twitter on other social networking sites people have above 1000 frnds and i suppose 90% of them don even 100.

  14. 06/08/2009 at 1:59 PM

    You are brilliant. Nuff said.

    • himanshuon
      13/08/2009 at 6:57 PM


  15. 06/08/2009 at 3:14 PM

    Can we please not forget when people just type all the current trending topics to get attention? then we must include people who actually follow them after seeing that. omg so annoying.

    • himanshuon
      13/08/2009 at 6:57 PM

      these were my comments on the great, the things which i didn’t quite like that doesn’t mean that we don like twitter or we need attention

  16. 07/08/2009 at 2:08 AM

    Thanks for the tips, great stuff..

  17. 14/08/2009 at 10:37 PM

    totally agree with the post haven’t heard of a few of them but the auto dm’s the the advertising is hilarious also when they put them together. dm – please buy my stuff. no i don’t know you crazy person.

    • himanshuon
      15/08/2009 at 3:56 PM

      thanks a lot

  18. 29/08/2009 at 8:56 PM

    Great idea, thanks for this tip!

  19. 01/09/2009 at 1:13 AM

    I cannot believe this will work!

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