On twitter there are so many things that annoy me, and frustrate me. Many are probably quite stupid and you may not agree with some but I felt like sharing them with you with the explanation and reasoning for these things that annoy me! They are in no particular order except the order that I thought of them.
- Not Clicking Reply
If you don’t click reply, how will I know what you are replying to? A lot of newbies to Twitter do not realise that when you click reply it add reply data which gives you the ability to view what the tweet was replying to by clicking “in reply to…” or your applications equivalent.
- Clicking Reply to the wrong tweet
This is just as bad as not clicking reply. To be honest it is probably worse as it will confuse the hell out of me as I try to work out how the tweets could have been related!
- Replying to 2 tweets in one!
Similar problem again. I will know what part of your tweet is replying to but will get confused with the rest. Reply to each tweet individually to keep things clear and organised! It is a major problem in places where you have the ability to show conversations as it becomes confusing!
- Not using @replies where appropriate
If you are talking about someone and they have twitter then mention them! It is really annoying when people write the names of people who are on Twitter. The main reason for this is so that your friend will know you are talking about them but it also helps followers who don’t know your friend to find them and learn more about them!
- Random username changes
In my opinion, you should under no circumstances (other than changing from a ridiculously stupid username to a more relevant one) change your user name. This causes so many problems in the Twitter ecosystem! To start with, friend who don’t know you have changed username may try to contact you using the wrong username and even if they do know you have changed username it is often difficult to remember and takes some time to get used to the change; if you are used to typing one thing in order to get in contact with someone you have to unlearn this and relearn their new username. It also causes problems with Twitter Apps and Statistics. You will sometimes loose data used in some apps and cause problems with yours and other people’s statistics! View my guide on picking a good username.
- Stupid usernames
Stupid username just bug me! If they have no relevance and were just chosen because that was what was available then you should really pick a better username! If it is hard to remember it causes problems when I want to mention you and it gets annoying if people add numbers or “_x” for the sakes of it! For more info on getting a decent username, view my guide on picking a good username.
- Sending a DM when it could be made public
DMs are designed for private chat! WHY would you DM me about things that are not private? If you can make it public then its always better that way! I hate using DM so much that I have told TweetDeck to only check it once ever half hour! You want to talk to me? You mention me! The reason I dislike DM so much is that it does not help with building a Tweet count or with Twitter statistics and it means that no one else can see the conversation and contribute!
- Having no profile picture
I generally identify twitter users when reading through my timelines by looking at their profile picture and if they don’t have one then it means I have to waste my time reading their username! Your picture is a big part of your identity and should be set up as soon as you get onto twitter!
- Changing your profile pic a lot
This can get really confusing! As I said, I use twitter pictures to identify username so if you constantly change username I have to constantly re-associate an image with your twitter account to recognise your tweets! This wastes a lot of time for me and is unnecessary! I personal think that you should pick a picture and stick with it for a few years. My profile pictures last about 3 years each!
- Having a profile picture with more than one person
I would like to be able to see you in your profile picture and if there is more than one person this is often not possible. It also means that if I know both pople in the photo, I would have to check who’s twitter account the tweet came from.
- Having a profile picture that is not of your face
As I said, I want to be able to see you. Having a picture of a celebrity or even just a random photo will not help me identify you and be able to associate with you. Even if I don’t know you it is always nice to know what the person you are talking to looks like.
If you don’t know what a Twibbon is, it is a little icon you can put in the corner of your profile picture to support things you are interested in (companies, bands, artists, people, etc.) but I have two problems with twibbons:
- They can take over your picture consuming a great deal of space and obstructing the view of the person in the photo.
- When Twibbon saves you image back to twitter it saves a ridiculously small file so if I wanted to see something in your profile picture I would be unable to zoom in!
- Moaning about excessive RTing
You don’t actually have to see RTs if you don’t want to! There are a few things you can do to stop from seeing them:
- Unfollow the user that ReTweets too much
- Disable ReTweets for the user who ReTweets too much
- View your timeline in lists (ReTweets are stripped out of lists)
- Saying BRB
Twitter is not an instant messenger; I do not expect an instant reply to saying brb to me makes no difference!n If you want to make clear to the people you are talking to then use twitter the way it should be and send a public tweet saying you are going to do something! This makes so much more sense in the context of Twitter than saying brb!
- Sending a message that should be public as an @reply
If what you want to say to me could be relevant to more people than just me, publicly tweet it! Unless it is in the context of a conversation, tweets like telling people what you are doing should just be public!
- Asking someone what they are doing
It’s twitter: if someone wanted to tell you what they were doing don’t you think they would have tweeted it?
- Leaving a space before the apostrophe in: @reply ‘s
Just to inform you all, you don’t need a space between the @username and the ‘s! You can quite happily write “@username’s” without any problem – I even use the apostrophe for plurals on #hashtag’s (better than using a space in my opinion)!
- Fake Twitter accounts
Fake Twitter accounts just make it so hard to find the real person! Just because your life is not good enough for you, there is no need to go round pretending to be someone else! The worst ones are the ones who actually think they are the celebrity and try to convince others they are! Not only are they annoying and a waste of time but they often steal good usernames from the people who truly deserve them!
- Twam (Twitter Spam)
The amount of spam you get on twitter is just ridiculous! If you are unfortunate enough to mention any brand that’s popular at the time (to be honest, mainly Apple) you will get bombarded with tweet telling you you can get free products (iPhones and MacBooks in the case of Apple) by just clicking a link! As if life is that easy! The worst spell of Spam was the Britney Porn Spam attack which attacked millions of users of hundreds of account spamming. In this attack there was no need to tweet anything in particular to get yourself flagged up on these spambots radars they would just find and spam you!
- General ignorance!
General twitter ignorance is so annoying! There are so many people who don’t know the basics of twitter like how to find out what someone is replying to and always end up asking or just don’t get things. I don’t mind new people not getting thing (that’s fair enough) but people who have had twitter for a long time and just not bothered to learn or find out! Its not hard to find out all the nifty features in twitter, just play around and click everywhere!