For my last blog in my social media class, I wanted to research and look at what would make the best tweeting practices. I love twitter, I really do. I’ve mostly used it myself to connect with people with similar nerdy interests. I first just used it communicate with friends and family and look to see what celebrities were tweeting about. In the later case I still am, it’s nice to get a glance at their world. I’m a huge Disney Geek or Nerd whatever your preference is. When I started getting into the fandom I started listening to the Walt Disney World News Today podcast and through that I connected and started following the show and some of it’s cast on Twitter and from there built a nice group of fellow Disney fans on the page. It’s definitely quite the community on twitter as a whole, especially when it comes to varying opinions on some of the on goings of the parks and movies. However I’m not here to talk about that kind of stuff, let’s talk about some tweeting practices.
I found an interesting article from socialmediatoday.com about 11 top tweeting practices, now I won’t drone on about all 11 but figured I’d hit the big points. The first two are probably the most important ones and go hand in hand, quality over quantity and crafting your tweets. Talking about how the number of tweets doesn’t mean it’s always good. You could drown the twitter feed with tweets but none of it could mean anything to anyone and would just bore people. I can understand this, there are times where I feel I tweet too much, but I also understand the craft of making a good tweet that gets attention. If it doesn’t look good or read well than no one will care. The other thing they suggest when crafting tweets is to limit what you do and say to give others to retweet and edit. It’s also good to give abbreviations and such are okay but bad grammar is a no go.
Hash tags are also an important practice; it’s a good way to find similar tweets and tweeters with similar interests. As we’ve ready in the “Tao of Twitter” it’s a good way to make connections. The other things they suggest with it are making sure they short, sweet and clever. I personally forget to use hash tags sometimes, but with what I’ve learned from this course, I think I’ll start using them a bit more and maybe try to expand my followers.
Other general tips in the article talk about being original and not driving stuff into the ground, basically not tweeting and retweeting the same stuff over and over and over again. I understand completely, who would want to follow me or anyone else if they do the same stuff all the time. It would be boring and irrelevant. Over all that you shouldn’t over do tweeting in general, don’t go overboard on the amount of tweets and it’s content. The other thing the article goes over and I feel it goes with this is to not having private chats in public. No one wants to see you air dirty laundry on twitter, keep it to the private messages.
The last thing I want to go over with this entry is live tweeting. The author pretty much thinks that it makes to much noise in the twitter-verse and how users can be overwhelmed with it if using a hash tag and too many tweets are coming in. The other thing she points out it might be considered rude if you’re at an event and live tweeting. However she says live blogging might be more of an option to have people follow and keep it focused and have a steady discussion. Here’s the thing I agree and yet I disagree, I agree with the live blogging part but to be honest I feel it’s no more rude than the tweeting if rude at all at this point in time in society. Your also not live tweeting for the conversation, I feel more doing more to show people your thoughts and feelings. It was great to read other people’s thoughts when a bunch of people I follow were live tweeting the Olympic opening ceremonies in Sochi. To see jokes, thoughts and opinions it’s really great and entertaining. I think people just live tweet now for that purpose alone.
Anyways, these are definitely some solid ideas and practices to follow when tweeting; I know I’m going to use these a bit more myself. I’ll place the link down at the bottom to the article for further reading. Enjoy and Happy Tweeting!