10 tips for minding your Twitter manners

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From YoungWebBuilder:

Twitter encourages people to “join the conversation.” It is certainly very useful for business. Unfortunately, as Twitter becomes more popular, it comes with people who don’t really know how to use it. As a freelancer, one of the things you should be focused on is building your personal brand. You want people to like what you do. I’ve scoured the web in search of what the majority of complaints are about the way people misuse Twitter and proper Twitter Etiquette, and have compiled this list for you.

1. Give credit where credit is due

If you see someone tweet something informative, clever or useful, don’t just copy and paste it so everyone thinks you thought of it.

2. Don’t use automated systems

Have you ever followed someone just to immediately get DM’d a canned, unsolicited response like “Thank you for following me. Check out my other accounts…”? It’s quite annoying. Don’t get me wrong here, I’m all for productivity. If you can make your job easier, do it – but isn’t the whole point of social media to be…social? My advise is to keep your Twitter stream personal…

3. Space out your tweets

You want to have random tweets throughout the day. You’ll gather more followers and won’t annoy your current ones. Consider using a “scheduling” feature, like the one that’s built into Hootsuite orTwuffer.

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