Twitter is awesome for business. Seriously awesome. Even this week, a new client signed with Marketing Eye on $24,000 for the year via following me on Twitter. I love it! A small investment in time for a great return. It helps promote the Marketing Eye brand globally, encourages people to go to our website, increases the number of people who read our marketing blogs and engages at a level that 10 years ago, we would not have been able to do.
But, there are a few things that annoy me about twitter.
Here they are:
1. The screen freezes a bit too often and a message comes up that there are too many people using twitter. Well, it so happens that if I am on twitter, I want to use it and we because of how society is today, we all want it now, not later - so, increase your bandwidth twitter! Us Tweeters are an impatient bunch.
2. The word "pending". Seriously, if I have taken the time to find out about someone on twitter and I click "follow", I don't want to be PENDING. Immediately when this happens, I cancel my follow. Don't people realise this? If you are on Twitter and you don't want people following you, block them. A suggestion only.
3. People that say "thank you" to every single person (@thankyou) who follows them. Seriously, who has that sort of time? Besides that, it makes me look bad because I don't do it and there is a tint of jealousy in this point because I know that it is polite and I really want to, but don't. Therefore, selfishly, when I see it - it's another reminder that some people have more time than I.
4. Quantity over quality. I know some people pay for technology to send tweets for them all day long - but seriously - STOP. Annoying.
5. The use of too many hashtags. #hateit #annoying #sometimescringeworthy
6. People who say, "follow me on facebook". I am following you on Twitter - isn't that enough. Whatever you can say on facebook, surely you can say on twitter.
7. Ass-kissers, fakers, false experts.... did I say that out loud???? Ooops.
8. "I am going to sleep" - really, who cares? People that over-share - #annoying.
9. People that only update twitter with quotes. Love a few of them, but seriously, if that is all you have to say, then perhaps you need a life. Fast! Or a new direction. Every person has something to add to Twitter and is interesting, fascinating, knowledgeable and thought provoking in some shape or form - so let us see that side of you too. Inspiration is good, knowing you is better.
10. Over plugging. We don't mind a bit of shameless promotion, but all day long, every day? Is it necessary? Sharing a story in a newspaper - ok. But sharing the same story 20 times - concerning! Well, probably not concerning... that may be an exaggeration, but it becomes a little dull.
And... last but not least - mean people or people who deliberately belittle others. Not necessary. Only leads to one result - UNFOLLOW.
Mellissah Smith is a marketing expert with more than 20 years experience. Having founded and built two successful marketing companies internationally, she is well recognized as a industry thought leader and innovator. Mellissah started her career working with technology and professional services firms, primarily in marketing, public relations and investor relations, positioning a number of successful companies to list on the various Stock Exchanges around the world. She is a writer, technology developer and entrepreneur who shares her thoughts and experiences through blogs and written articles published in various media outlets. Brag sheet: #2 marketer to follow on Twitter (2003), Top 150 Marketers to Follow (2015), Top 10 innovative marketers (2014), 60K+ followers on Twitter with 97% authentic.
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