Things that Make Me Go “Hmmm…” on Twitter

I’m a big fan of Twitter. I use it primarily for business, and have met some phenomenal professionals through the Hmmm...dialogue bubbleplatform. Some of the relationships I’ve built through Twitter have carried over to mutually beneficial offline collaborations. But there are a few things some Twitter users do that don’t make much sense to me.

Twitter practices that make me go “Hmmm…”

Retweeting a retweet of your tweets – If I retweet your tweet, a reply to say “thank you” or the gesture of clicking the little star to favorite the RT works just fine. If you want to show appreciation by reciprocating with a RT, it would be nice if you checked my timeline to find a tweet that is RT worthy and is relevant to your audience. Retweeting your own tweet seems a little self-centered. I’m not saying you are. I’m just saying it might seem that way to others.

Tweeting your daily Twitter stats from justunfollow – I’m not sure what purpose this serves. Why would you want to tweet how many people followed and unfollowed you each day? More importantly, why would anyone other than you care?

People who have a gazillion followers, but who only follow back a handful of people – Really? Out of all your thousands of followers, you can only find twenty or thirty who appear interesting? I get it, you want to keep your feed under control so you can interact more purposefully. But that’s what Twitter lists are for. Generally, when I see someone who has a highly disproportionate number of followers compared to those they’re following, I write them off as egotistical and elitist. Of course, you shouldn’t follow everyone who follows you, but if someone tweets content that’s relevant to your industry or otherwise shows some merit, acknowledge their value with a follow.

“Protecting” tweets –  I get it’s a privacy thing. But I’m not sure why anyone would join a social networking platform like Twitter, and then hide the content they’re sharing. Assuming you’re on Twitter to connect with more people and extend your reach, you’ll want to share your tweets so others can decide whether or not you’re someone they want to follow. While I suppose it’s possible you could use Twitter as a way to communicate only with a select, private group of people, other platforms are better suited for that (Facebook groups, a private G+ circle, email…)

Automating Direct Messages – Why do people do this?? There’s no shortage of blog posts dedicated to the topic of how much people despise auto DMs. For example: Nobody Likes Your Auto-DM, Death to the Auto DM on Twitter, 4 Reasons to Abandon the Twitter Automated Direct Message. I’m in the camp of folks who find auto DMs annoying, impersonal, disingenuous, and typically presumptuous (many take the leap that because I followed them, I’m game for a sales pitch or would gain by liking their Facebook page). While I don’t unfollow everyone who sends an automated DM, I know people who do ax anyone who puts DMs on auto-pilot. Seems the risk outweighs the unlikely reward, so why take the chance. Put the stops on that auto DM now.

If you do any of the above, I mean you no harm or disgrace. What works for – and makes sense to – each of us on social media can be vastly different. You’re entitled to do whatever you want with the Twitter account you maintain… and there are surely things I do that make you go “Hmmm….”

Your turn! What Twitter practices are your pet peeves?


By Dawn Mentzer
Another Insatiable Solopreneur™ post


To “MT” or “RT” on Twitter? That is the Question.

When I first took notice of “MT”s (Modified Tweets) in my Twitter feed, I commented on someone’s blog post on the topic that I really didn’t see the point in it. Why complicate things? “RT” (Retweet) covers it.

I take that back.

Though I originally objected to yet another Tweetism that would make Twitter an even more mysterious and scary platform for those who so want to dip their toes in the water but can’t muster the courage, I now find myself using MT in most of my retweets.

Why MT vs. RT?

MT indicates openly that you’ve in some way changed the content of the tweet you’re retweeting.

When should you use it?  MT when…

  • you eliminate words from a tweet to make it shorter to fit the confines of Twitter’s 140-character limit. To facilitate retweeting, you might consider cutting a tweet so it provides room for “RT @” plus your Twitter handle.
  • you change or eliminate a portion of a tweet that might not be appropriate for your audience. Maybe it’s too niche focused or perhaps it has strong language. Either way, MT!
MT Example:

MT (Modified Tweet)

Rules of thumb:
  • MT when you’ve done more than just add or remove punctuation or spaces in a retweet.
  • Don’t MT or RT if you’ve changed a tweet’s content and/or intent beyond recognition. In that case, create your own intro, share the link and mention (@) the Twitter user who brought it to your stream.

Although I don’t view tweets as works of art that should be protected as creative property, I do believe it is common courtesy to acknowledge that a retweet no longer reflects verbatim the words of its source. I predict lots more MTs in your Twitter Home Feed’s future!

Using MTs yet? What unspoken rules do you have for MTing and RTing?