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types of twitter usersWe’ve already given you some tips on how to annoy your followers on Twitter Top 5 Ways To Annoy Your Followers On Twitter Top 5 Ways To Annoy Your Followers On Twitter Read More , so we thought we’d turn the tables and take a look at some of the more annoying types of Twitter users.

Twitter has been around long enough to attract all types, and with time archetypes emerge, and continue to repeat themselves. There are quite a few stereotypical Tweeters, the kind of which we could definitely use less of.

This is just a short list of some of the tweeters out there that we love to hate.

The Noob

The Noob has just signed up for Twitter and only has a few updates. Their first tweet is always something like Hmmm”¦ New to twitter or Just trying to figure out this Twitter thing or So what’s Twitter all about?

In their defence, the first tweet is always the hardest. They can often be found asking for advice on how to use Twitter, but when you have no followers, no one’s listening. And when you’re new to Twitter, you don’t know that no one but your followers listen to you, and when you’re trying to get followers”¦.

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The Narrator (On Steroids)

The Narrator feels the need to inform you of every minute of their day, from the very first, Good Morning Twitterville, to a final Night Tweeps with every little detail of their day in between.

These Tweeters aren’t all that smart either. A few of these unfortunate souls have been known to geotag their tweets, so it really wouldn’t be hard to track them down and bludgeon them with the laptop, phone or computer, or whatever else they’re using to send out their updates. Not that we’re encouraging that.

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The Quiz Taker

I don’t know about you, but I don’t care which character you are in Harry Potter, I’m not interested in what Michael Jackson song represents your current relationship, and I really don’t want to know if you’re a Twilight expert. Unfortunately, there are a lot of people on Twitter who seem to think that this is exactly the kind of information we want from them. They take quiz upon quiz and inform us of each and every answer.

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The Gamer

The same people who spend hours playing Farmville and Mafia Wars on Facebook, are on Twitter. Instead of playing Farmville, you’ll find them playing Ninja Clash and Spymaster. They are the 21st Century’s answer to Dungeons and Dragons, the difference being that they are trying to drag us down with them. Their updates consist of a long list of moves, attacks, and defeats in this virtual world that has pretty much replaced their real one.

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The Trend Whore

There are many variants of people on Twitter just desperate for some attention. The most obvious of these are the Trend Whores. They take a look at the trending topics and try to cram as many of them as possible into one Tweet, regardless of whether or not it makes sense. What they don’t realise is that it’s not going to gain them any popularity points as people are more likely to think they’re spam bots, and block them into oblivion.

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The Hashtagger

Every other word in a tweet is not meant to be a hashtag. But you’re out of luck trying to convince Hashtaggers of this. Their updates are littered with hashtags, although that does make it easier to click any given link and escape their page .

They want to turn up in every possible search on Twitter, and clearly think that every other word they say has some sort of importance.

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An even more annoying variant of The Hashtaggers are the ones who repeat the same hashtag over and over in one tweet, and sometimes repeat that one tweet over and over ad infinitum. This is usually an attempt to get one word or another into the trending topics.

The sad part is that they don’t realise that Twitter doesn’t actually count repeated hashtags in one tweet. These Tweeters are often very closely related to the next archetype, The Justin Bieber Fan.

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The Justin Bieber Fan

These are probably the most lethal of all Tweeters, because they will push you to the brink of insanity, making you want to find the nearest cliff, to fling yourself off of it. Their Twitter backgrounds are adorned with pictures of Justin Bieber and they tweet about nothing other than, you guessed it, Justin Bieber.

They have clubs, and cliques, and are constantly battling to keep Justin Bieber in the trending topics. They send him @ replies, in the smallest hope that, maybe just maybe, he’ll read what they wrote and fall madly in love with them. They, of course, would also settle for a simple Twitter reply, after which they can die happy tweens.

Justin Bieber can also be easily substituted with the Jonas Brothers in most cases.

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What other kinds of Twitter archetypes can you think of? Let us know in the comments.

  1. Lavender
    August 28, 2010 at 3:14 am

    ". . . this virtual world that has pretty much replaced their real one"; "There are many variants of people on Twitter just desperate for some attention": Uh, excuse me . . . aren't those statements just THE description of Twitter in particular and the Internet in general?! That is, NO ONE who blogs, posts comments, has a personal website, belongs to ANY social networking sites, et.al., can dare pass judgment. That includes me, obviously . . .

  2. igisdd
    August 27, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    I have coined a new twitter type, thanks to the example set by a not-so-wonderful (but brags on himself constantly) male family member. According to his tweets, he is an uber-successful creative genius & a dedicated single parent. FAR from reality! I have created this new term for him & others of his kind:
    TWITIOT! (Twitter/idiot)

  3. igisdd
    August 27, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    I have coined a new twitter type, thanks to the example set by a not-so-wonderful (but brags on himself constantly) male family member. According to his tweets, he is an uber-successful creative genius & a dedicated single parent. FAR from reality! I have created this new term for him & others of his kind:
    TWITIOT! (Twitter/idiot)

  4. Matt Mansfield
    August 27, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    The "Re-Tweeter" - posts the same thing over and over and over and over and over and...

  5. dotJenna
    August 25, 2010 at 4:35 am

    8. Stuck up clique people who name drop and only tweet around with a certain few and put down anyone who isn't them, or anything that they did not create themselves.

  6. RJ
    August 24, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    there is also the "RT" accounts; you know, those accounts who post tweet for their followers in order for them to RT it.

  7. nm
    August 24, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    The concept of a 'good' tweet is very subjective. It all depends what you want to get out of Twitter and how you want to use it. The obvious use is to share useful and interesting links/news/videos. A less obvious use is to use it to share short bits of poetry.

    There's no limit to how it can be used and that's what's great about Twitter. I do think it's a shame though when it's used for things that I might think are silly or useless. But of course that is subjective too.

  8. LDB
    August 24, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    Can any one tell me what it is that they do want to read/follow on Twitter? What is considered a good Tweet?

    • nm
      August 24, 2010 at 5:54 pm

      The concept of a 'good' tweet is very subjective. It all depends what you want to get out of Twitter and how you want to use it. The obvious use is to share useful and interesting links/news/videos. A less obvious use is to use it to share short bits of poetry.

      There's no limit to how it can be used and that's what's great about Twitter. I do think it's a shame though when it's used for things that I might think are silly or useless. But of course that is subjective too.

  9. Junk
    August 24, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    Improve the twitter experience by using some of the many wonderful apps that makes up the twitter ecosystem.

    I run a twitter apps directory @ twitdom.com and we have close to 1800 apps listed there.

  10. Junk
    August 24, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    Improve the twitter experience by using some of the many wonderful apps that makes up the twitter ecosystem.

    I run a twitter apps directory @ twitdom.com and we have close to 1800 apps listed there.

  11. lb
    August 24, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    +7 to Benjamin Woodruff. The great thing about twitter, is that I see very few of these people in my stream; any time someone I follow starts trending toward annoying or not interesting, I unfollow them and usually forget they existed. I have re-followed an account a couple of times, but only when they were thrust back into my consciousness with some good info retweeted or referenced by another of my followees.

  12. CreepyOne
    August 24, 2010 at 6:47 am

    Yeah...Social sites nowadays can be really annoying, but at the same time is a great place to even start your marketing sometimes.

  13. Gab
    August 24, 2010 at 4:42 am

    It's often disturbed me that the public doesn't seem to realize how awesome the whole 'social networking' thing truly is... it can be used to create awareness on a massive scale and it doesn't need to be abused at all... twitter caters for all types of people, yet its sad that the 7 archetypes are very real - and very annoying. It seems they just don't understand what an incredibly valuable tool we all have at our fingertips. Twitter is fun, it's informative, it's great for making some genuine good friends, and its fabulous to share goals, inspirations, ambitions, news, achievements .. and LOVE. I love twitter.. and I have to say, I'm glad I don't fall into any of the archetypes either!

    • nm
      August 24, 2010 at 6:59 am

      I couldn't agree with you more Gab. I'm a huge self-avowed Twitter fan, but I have to admit I do get annoyed when I find people using it in the most senseless of ways. That said - it's very easy to enjoy Twitter without ever seeking any of these people out.

  14. Saikat Basu
    August 24, 2010 at 3:55 am

    Ha..ha, didn't know there were so many Twitter 'species' floating around. I guess it's the same if you take any social media platform. Twitter of course, is more instant and in your face.

    • nm
      August 24, 2010 at 7:00 am

      Oh there are so many more! These are probably the most annoying types but there are so many others.

      • jhpot
        August 25, 2010 at 2:51 am

        I'd be all for a series of articles outlying the archetypes.

  15. Bruneian Dollar
    August 24, 2010 at 2:14 am

    Hmm.. The Hashtagger.. Sounds more like a killer's name to me. :D

  16. KL
    August 24, 2010 at 1:21 am

    How about the ones whose every & only tweets involves how many points or bucks they just received for using ___ to search with and then post their referral links. (swagbucks, irazoo, zoombucks, be ruby...on and on)

    or mentioning said search site in an obvious kiss ass manner to get the random swagbucks awarded for mentioning SB in their tweets.

    it has become as annoying as when back in the day fans of certain bands had 'street teams' and would 'spam' other band's message boards with their fake self promotion to get prizes...like a bieber fan posting on an ICPosse forum or something.

  17. KL
    August 23, 2010 at 11:21 pm

    How about the ones whose every & only tweets involves how many points or bucks they just received for using ___ to search with and then post their referral links. (swagbucks, irazoo, zoombucks, be ruby...on and on)

    or mentioning said search site in an obvious kiss ass manner to get the random swagbucks awarded for mentioning SB in their tweets.

    it has become as annoying as when back in the day fans of certain bands had 'street teams' and would 'spam' other band's message boards with their fake self promotion to get prizes...like a bieber fan posting on an ICPosse forum or something.

  18. David Levine
    August 23, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    Thank goodness I don't fall into one of these categories.

  19. Benjamin Woodruff
    August 23, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    SEO Freaks, self help gurus and wanna be tech bloggers.

    • Chris
      August 23, 2010 at 7:12 pm

      can I help? I'm a social media consultant.

      • Aibek
        August 26, 2010 at 1:13 pm

        nice one! :-)

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