Top 10 No-No’s on Twitter

Many people are just starting out in Social Media and have not had time to get acquainted with some of the most important rules and etiquette of Social Media. We think that when we join Twitter, we are going to have an EXPLOSION in business only to find out there is no easy way to do so. Twitter is simply a social media platform designed to give you the opportunity to gain visibility and make connections.

I have been involved with Social Media for about 4 years and am never surprised at what new spam and bad manners appear before me. There are obvious things that most people with common sense know is not allowed but there are also others that fall into those grey areas.

This is my top 10 list of things you do should not do on Twitter:

1.  Creating Drama on Twitter. Whether this ensues from becoming argumentative, or complaining about your life. Twitter is not for sharing your personal woes or becoming combative with other followers. Keep this offline as it will gain you a bad reputation and holds no positive value.

2.  Using Profanity in your profile or tweets. There really is no reason to use raunchy language unless you are trying to attract the same quality followers.

3.  Continually asking someone to follow you. There are many reasons that someone is not following you. Firstly, are you following them? I have had many people asking me for a follow that are not following me. What makes them so special? Also, perhaps they only follow those in their niche. If they are not following you, give them support by tweeting them and possibly they will recognize your value.

4.  Retweeting without checking out the list of people included in that tweet. Have you looked at their profile? Are they someone you would follow or want others to see you tweeting about? Be careful who you tweet!

5.  Being careless about whether you are direct messaging or tweeting. Be sure you are paying attention or you may tweet information that you are trying to keep private. It is not always possible to reverse what you have tweeted.

6.  Tweeting the same people too much. What is too much? If they stop responding, you will know. Some people love lots of attention and some are turned off by repetitive tweeting.

7.  Tweeting that you will have to unfollow them if they don’t follow you. It is their choice NOT to follow you. Sometimes they have overlooked you inadvertently and more often they just don’t want to follow you. Tweeting their content and building a relationship with them will gain their attention.

8   Over use of hashtags. It is so annoying to look at someone’s profile and see only hashtags with little description and no website address posted. Quality and content attract attention! Show everyone that you are someone they should follow and you will gain respect and followers! You should also not make your entire tweet a message of hashtags ##!

9   Overdosing in self-promotion. I tell people every day that succeeding on Twitter is about 80-90% promoting and supporting others and the rest you can allow for tweeting about your business. Too much about YOU becomes a negative and people will stop listening!

10  Don’t tweet your every move throughout the day. People really don’t care about your daily habits and lifestyle. Are you Kim Kardashian?? Okay, now you get my point. Keep it real, simple and professional! It is great to be friendly. Have a sense of humor, enthusiasm and passion in your tweets!


  1. Sabrina says:

    Great tips!!! Thanks so much for sharing, by being positive and helping to give back to others is so important and provides a much better following.

    • Dede Watson Dede Watson says:

      Thanks Sabrina! I love what I do and want to help others with their efforts! That is what it is all about isn’t it? You do an awesome job too!

  2. Lou Ann Donovan says:

    A lot of common sense ideas and always helpful to remind others how to get the most out of Twitter. Thanks for sharing the top 10 no-no’s!!

  3. Aubrey Anne says:

    Wow, do people really “threaten” to stop following you? I can’t really imagine why someone wouldn’t just take the hint?

    This is a good list… I hope I haven’t been tweeting too much about myself! :/

  4. Hi Dede. Excellent points. I would just add that being courteous goes a long way on Twitter. For example, if somebody retweets your post, well that is just about the highest compliment anyone can give you on Twitter. Doesn’t it at least deserve a thank you? That really does go a long way.

    Also, like you say, you should spend the majority of your time on Twitter responding and commenting on others’ posts. Most will be very appreciative and return the favor.

    Awesome information, Dede. Thanks for sharing!


    • Dede Watson Dede Watson says:

      Hi Gregory!

      It certainly does. I think most people are courteous. They just sometimes need reminders on Twitter etiquette.

  5. Gina says:

    Your article is very informative. :) Thank you for sharing!

    • Dede Watson Dede Watson says:

      Thanks Gina! I am here to help enlighten people, especially those who feel intimidated or overwhelmed by all the information and social media platforms.

  6. Great tips Dede. It’s all common sense, but so many don’t understand… Keep up the good work!

    • Dede Watson Dede Watson says:

      Suzette, I try to keep it simple. Maybe I am just simple minded lol but I think that many people just need a little nudging to reach their potential.

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