Twitter rules to live by

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Since TweetDeleter has launched a new feature – Rude Words filter – we want to remind you about some basic principles of polite and successful Twitter life via Darren Rovell and Jeff Goins:

  • Never underestimate the power of a tweet. Just because this isn't face-to-face communication doesn't mean you should disrespect people. There are real humans behind the computers. You can delete a tweet, but it won’t be able to delete their memory.
  • Don’t follow someone expecting him to follow you back. Follow because you’re interested in what the person has to say. You’re also free to block people from viewing your tweets. When someone unfollows you, it doesn’t mean you have to delete him/her from your following list too.
  • Keep in mind that most users who follow thousands of people are considered to be spammers. Go through who you're following every few months. Sort out the bad, the non-existent & those you feel don't suit your interests.
  • Choose quality over quantity. Hold back the urge to tweet too much (more than 20 times per day). If you have a lot of ideas, use programs to schedule your tweets so that they can be spaced out. While there are people who are interested in reading dozens of your tweets one after the other, most are not. Flooding is not polite so try not to overdo it.
  • Always include your name and a short bio in your Twitter profile in order to spark someone's interest. People want to know who you are. Do not hide behind false names. Be honest if you expect honesty. Make sure to use your photo so others can remember and recognize you.
  • Twitter is not an instant messenger. To be honest, others don’t really want to read through multiple tweets of your personal conversation. Instead of making private conversations public, use direct messages (or other social networks).
  • A tweet should contain up to 140 characters. That’s 140, and not a character more. Don’t write messages that are more than one tweet long and continue your message in the next tweet. Move longer posts to appropriate mediums, like Facebook, Tumblr, or your blog.
  • Although Twitter’s own research into hashtags confirms that there is significant advantage to using them, don't overdo it. A few key words is fine, but a whole sentence made from hashtags will make the tweet look spammy.
  • All in all remember - spend time with people in real life because who are you going to talk to when Twitter gets over capacity?

Happy tweeting (and deleting)!

P.S. Check out how polite is your Twitter feed here.

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