In this article I would like to show you that it is truly easy to annoy people on Twitter. In fact, it is so easy that some of these ideas are regularly practiced on Twitter already, and probably by accident.
Take this as a warning, if you are already doing one of these and didn’t know it was annoying, well, now you know.
Tweet In All Caps, All The Time
If you’ve been near a computer for a while, you will know that using all caps is yelling. Want know how to annoy people in real life? Walk around yelling everything. Want to annoy someone on Twitter? Do the same thing. Unless you are Billy Mayes, you can’t pull it off without being annoying.
Maybe you’ll get attention, but not in a good way. Go hurt someone else’s digital ears.
Tweet Something Spammy Over & Over Again
OK, I know that once you begin to repeat something over and over it becomes spam in itself. However, doing it with a statement that is spammy already is what will make it that much more annoying. It could be an affiliate link, a link to a contest, a promotion to your favorite blog post, or just something mundane. Repeating it over and over will definitely get you on the “annoying wagon.”
As a personal note, if someone I am following starts doing this, I will more than likely drop them like a ton of dead bricks. Take that as a warning.
Tweet Updates About Every Mundane Thing That Happens Throughout The Day
Chances are you are not cool enough for everyone to care how much milk you put in your corn flakes this morning. They probably won’t care what brand of toothpaste you chose this time and whether or not it tastes good. Seriously, get out of bed, put your stupid socks on, eat your cereal, and brush your teeth and KEEP IT TO YOURSELF. Sorry, bud, but nobody cares.
Don’t Reply To Anyone Who Speaks To You On Twitter
The silent treatment is not meant for Twitter. Have you ever heard of something called conversation? Isn’t that one of the points, maybe even the goal of having a Twitter account? To communicate? If all you are on Twitter is to speak and not listen, good luck keeping followers. I know we have covered this already, but most people are there to communicate. @ Replies are not all that difficult to figure out.
This is even more annoying when a company on Twitter does this. Why have a Twitter account to interact with your customers if you are going to forget they even have a voice? Trust me, they do, and they’ll use it even if you’re not listening.
Use Multiple Twitter Accounts To Tweet The Same Tweets All The Time
I know some people (@BrettBarner who also runs @godlysheep) that I believe know how to run multiple Twitter accounts without being annoying. However, if you are just using multiple accounts hoping that different people will follow each and that it will equal more followers, you’re annoyingly mistaken. Run a personal one and one for your business or blog but do it right and keep things separate. Does that mean you shouldn’t tweet the occasional cross-tweet? No, but don’t go overboard.
Twitter can be a great tool for communication, if used correctly. It can also be a great tool to use to annoy the followers you love the most, if used incorrectly.
Take a gander at MakeUseOf’s Twitter guide in order to get a handle on things. I hope it helps.
What else can people do on Twitter to be annoying? Share in the comments.