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Twitter Do’s and Don’t


  • Provide advice and help. If a Twitter friend tweets asking for advice, join the conversation if you have some relevant input. It’s good to help and immediately gives you more authority.
  • Respond and reply: Reply to friends who message you directly or indirectly. You’ll come across as accessible, helpful and friendly.
  • Give a bit of explanation for your links or you’ll look like a Spammer.
  • Retweet instead of passing off the tweets of others as your own.
  • Use Direct Messages (DMs) when sharing sensitive information.
  • Be careful about broadcasting social gatherings.
  • Use correct grammar and spelling. Twitter is informal, but you’re still making an impression.


  • Don’t overtweet or under tweet.
  • @message to people who don’t know you and when your tweet isn’t in response to something they’ve said or done otherwise you’ll be perceived as a spammer
  • Don’t swear in your tweets. It may offend some followers and makes you look unprofessional.
  • Don’t go overboard with abbreviations.
  • Don’t boast and definitely don’t tweet about how many followers you have.
  • Don’t post updates that are longer than one tweet
  • Don’t retweet everything in your feed
  • Don’t send everyone who follows you an automatic message of thanks
  • Don’t drink and tweet
  • Don’t tweet about going to the loo
  • Don’t @message someone to tell them you have DM’d them.
  • Don’t put personal things in @messages as they are public
  • Don’t Auto-DM
  • Don’t spam
  • Don’t start messages with @AccountName as this restricts who sees the message instead put the @AccountName further in the message.
  • Don’t post a feed of headlines from your blog or site as this can drive people away.
  • Don’t get too personal. Twitter is incredibly personal and lends itself to the danger of getting too comfy too quickly. Don’t tweet about what you just ate (unless it’s really special) or your sex life.