Good friend Cassie posted a link on her Facebook (what, we haven’t given that up for Google+ yet?) to a fairly well done online article by Darren Rovell about 100 rules to live by for Twitter. it’s well worth the read and pretty much spot on from numbers 1 to 100 in terms of sticking to as a Twitter user.
But if I do have one slight bone to pick with no disrespect intended to Mr. Rovell 100 rules is a bit much. It’s 2011 and I don’t know if anyone has noticed, but 95% of us people have short attention spans - probably so short that we didn’t really take time to notice. And to be fair, some of those rules seem kinda trivial in a “well do this, but if you don’t… meh, the world won’t end” kind of way. Like rule #52 for instance… I’m not even really sure what ”furthering the dialogue” means.
And besides as a man of the Christian faith I can tell you that a long time ago we started off with ten simple rules and they’ve seemed to work out ok for use although there are a LOT of people who have trouble following those even, so I’d hate to think what it would be like if Moses came down the mountain with 20 tablets instead of the 2 he had… Ya know besides the horrible back pain from carrying so much carved rock.
Anyway… Out of Rovell’s list of 100, I’ve narrowed it down to 10 fairly important rules that more than any of the others should be followed and never strayed from for fear of a large blue whale landing on you. Where applicable I’ve added my own little comment… (and for handy guides sake I’ve included what number they were in his original list):
I – For the rest of eternity, no one is going to believe you if you said you were hacked, even if you were. Sorry. (#3 – And yes I fully agree. Actually what drives me more nuts is the people that go on a public computer, close the borwser and fail to log off only for the next complete strange to open up, see you’re still logged in and and ‘have at it’ … And then after all that the original person claims he / she was “hacked” … No dude, you wern’t hacked, you were careless….)
II – Always credit your source if you find content worth sharing. Think like a journalist when you’re passing along quality info. (#6)
III - If you follow someone, don’t be offended if they don’t follow you back. Not everyone plays for “Team Followback.” Earn their follow from strong, periodic @replies if you feel that you have something to offer. (#10 – I used to be a member of Team Followback and now? Well after about 1,000 plus people on my timeline, I think it’s time to start getting a little picky on who I really follow..)
IV - Unless you are 14 years old, don’t make your account private. No strangers will want to request to follow you. (#16 – Seriously, I’ve already taken the time to find you and put thought into the fact I’d like to read more from you… Don’t make me ‘beg’ to be able to do that.)
V - Instead of complaining about spam bots offering you free iPads, take 3 seconds and report them as spam. Help solve the problem. (#32)
VI - Want to partake in a funny movie-related trending topic? Tweet one, not ten. (#45 – Ok, you can do 2 or 3 at the most and only if you’re really, really funny about it…)
VII - When sharing a link, try to add a little flavor to it. Your followers want content from a person, not a robot. (#48 – And this tip also helps us sort the real people from spambots.)
VIII - Create lists to sort your interests. It will come in handy when you want a specific group’s most recent tweets. (#50 – Do this as early in your Twitter life as you can. Once you get past 500 or so people you follow, it gets a little time consuming to try and sort out groups.)
IX - Just because this isn’t face-to-face communication doesn’t mean you should disrespect people. There are real humans behind the computers. (#63 – And really shouldn’t we all remember this no matter what website or social media outlet we are using?)
X – If you have 200,000 followers and you follow no one, you aren’t getting the full Twitter experience. Twitter isn’t a megaphone, it’s a telephone. (#72 – Yeah @TheRock! Although to be fair he does reply to a lot of his @ mentions..)