As most of you know I am a huge Twitter fan and find it other than blogging an engaging form of social media. Like most things it took me a while to get to grips with it. It’s easy to dip in and out, picking up conversations from one day to another and is fairly low maintenance (a bit like me).
My pet Twitter peeves are Tweeps who follow and then unfollow you within seconds of you returning the favour in order to drive up their following. Additionally, I hate those automated direct messages urging you to subscribe to their You Tube Channel, like their Facebook Page, buy their book. Now that’s just a bit forward when you haven’t even been formally introduced!
Likewise I prefer not to interact with those whose tweets continually scream “it’s all about me, at least pretend to be interested in others; didn’t their mothers teach them it’s rude not to share? In my opinion any form of social media needs some sort of interaction or sharing to make it worthwhile. A lot of people who I follow are animal lovers, small businesses that I enjoy giving a little plug to, my fellow bloggers, animal rescues or other like-minded individuals. I’m always going to be a sucker for a wicked sense of humour!
I make no apologies for retweeting an animal on the euth list looking for a home because social media has been proven to save a life in some of these situations and you never know whether a potential home or rescue will pick up a tweet and provide that poor animal with a last-minute reprieve. I get exasperated with people who pointlessly tweet cute animal pictures all day, every day but can’t slot in a rescue animal in need of a good home; are they any less cute? If every Tweep retweeted just one homeless pet a week think of the audience that animal or the rescue shelter would reach and it’s such a small thing to ask. I also think it’s important to share any missing family members (after all that could be us one day) and charity events. I think Twitter etiquette decrees if someone retweets you that you return the favour; after all variety is the spice of life and it would indeed be a boring world if we all had the same interests. In addition I also like to retweet you, my fellow bloggers when I’m online as I’m more than happy to promote your books or posts, give a shout out to any small businesses so I like to think I’m well-balanced; there are, of course, those that would disagree with that including my family.
One of things I enjoy the most is the interaction particularly when you are short of time as I have been recently. It takes a few seconds to drop a tweet to check on somebody whether it’s an injury, family illness or loss of a loved one. A kind word via a tweet costs nothing & can make all the difference in someone’s day. Don’t believe me? Give it a try.
For those of you on Twitter, I’ll see you on the other side but in the meantime, what are your social media peeves?