Twitter is my favourite social media platform. I appreciate how it brings new people into my life, enables me to keep learning and keep up to date with breaking news.
But like anywhere you spend a lot of time, there are some things that are annoying about Twitter. I recently asked online friends what vexed them about the Twitterverse, and it turns out we share a lot of the same dislikes including:
- Twitter spam
- FFs that are a riot of names – and retweeted FFs
- Auto DMs
- Conversations that aren’t connected (ie not using Reply properly)
- Tweets that make you visit Facebook
- Tweets appearing in LinkedIn
I think many of these fall under the same umbrella – they deliver a bad Twitter reading experience. For example, a long list of FF names is hard to read. It’s plain ugly.
Twitter conversations that aren’t linked are frustrating because you can’t read back and discover the context.
Tweets that take you to Facebook may be all right occasionally, but in the main, why do it? People are in Twitter to read tweets, or head to web articles that don’t require a login. Many Twitter users don’t even like Facebook. And when you’re using it to prop up your Facebook strategy and drive people to your business page, it feels like cheating. It’s a similar case in LinkedIn. If you really care about your LinkedIn audience, you can post occasionally. Why run all your tweets through there? Tweets usually don’t make sense in the LinkedIn environment.
[An update on this: LinkedIn is removing the Tweets Application on 31 January. The option to use #in to display tweets in your profile will remain, so surely this will make LinkedIn users more discerning with their tweet-sharing).
Auto DMs are a bad strategy. Occasionally there’s a creative, funny Auto DM that might make you smile or click a link to learn more. However Auto DMs are usually trite thank yous or pleas for you to connect with the tweeter further. If you have already followed them, it’s unnecessary but also intrusive and overbearing.
Of course, spam was also cited as a major pet peeve. Spambina can be funny sometimes, but we’d rather see a genuine connection than spam that’s wasting our time or keeping us spooked about the words we use in case of another spam attack. “Block and Report” becomes tiresome housekeeping.
Thanks to everyone who contributed their peeves. I think we need a blog about ‘Things I love about Twitter’ now?