Are You Committing One of the Seven Twitter Faux Pas?

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If you’ve been reading my blog, you’ll notice that I’ve talked a lot about the use of social media. I have focused on how social media can positively enhance your organization and personal brand. However, what I haven’t touched on is how social media has the same power to destroy everything you’ve created.

When used correctly, social media is the key to success. However, when used wrong, the results could be detrimental.

Media Bistro came up with a list of “7 Ways to totally destroy Your Reputation on Twitter” and they’re so simple that they’re often overlooked. Guaranteed, we’ve all seen people who have violated these 7 rules, have you been a victim to one of them as well?

  1. Tweet while you’re drunk
  2. Use an auto-responder
  3. Repeat your tweets
  4. Sell, sell, sell
  5. Say whatever the *#@& you want
  6. Whine about not having enough followers
  7. Steal other people’s tweets

People are becoming so comfortable with social media that they’re forgetting that it’s still used as a professional outlet. Even if you’re a seasoned veteran, violating one of these seven rules can ruin your personal brand you’ve spent months to create.

Another site that I found had similar opinions on, “7 Things Not to Do on Twitter.” Their list includes:

  1. Excessive Tweeting/Retweets
  2. Follow Anyone & Everyone
  3. Abuse
  4. Inaccurate/Incomplete profile
  5. Boasting
  6. Personal Talk
  7. Frequency

Clearly there are some similarities, which highlight the biggest Twitter no-nos. So make sure next time you’re tweeting, that you’re not being obnoxious, taking credit for anyone else’s tweet and remember, tweeting isn’t a place for you to broadcast you’re every thought. If you want to be taken seriously over Twitter, be responsible and professioinal.


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