Thursday, September 23, 2010

My Top Ten Rules For Responsible Twitter Use

  1. To quote Kurt Vonnegut: "Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time is wasted."
  2. Periodically review your last few pages of tweets. Are you follow-worthy? 
  3. Don't make people click twice to get to content. If needed, switch the link in a retweet while still crediting the original referrer.
  4. The value of retweets to your network are those that cross social circles. RTs are of no use to those who have already seen the initial tweet.
  5. Be a bridge by sharing interesting links that significant numbers of your followers have probably not seen before.
  6. Use a service like bit.ly for your links so that you can monitor the number of clicks they receive. It's a much more dependable indicator of the value of what you share than retweets.
  7. Don't follow more people than you have time to read. This means you will eventually need to prune your followers.
  8. Stay away from flame wars. Don't respond to trolls. Block as needed.
  9.  Have fun.
  10. Follow me.

2 comments:

oobscure said...

these are great rules!

you can easily solve issues #3 and 4# by using the native Twitter Retweet feature. It really works well.

I solved issue #7 by creating a few themed lists.
I only follow in my main timeline less than 200 users: the other ones I put in themed lists, that I check less often than my main timeline.

I also use the web-based tDash interface that keeps the read/unread count - it also can reverse the messages order.
Very useful when you stay away from Twitter for a brief time and you need to keep up.

Josue Habana said...

Awesome rules... especially avoiding flame wars!

Lessons learnt from a while ago on that one lol.

I get aruond the "following too many" issue by organising into lists...so much easier to keep track that way!