Five More Annoying Things People Do On Twitter [Opinion]

Dave LeClair 30-09-2011

annoying things people do on twitterAs I said in my first post about Twitter The Five Most Annoying Things People Do On Twitter Twitter also has a darker side. It is filled with annoying idiots who seem to tweet for the sole purpose of making everyone who has the misfortune of meeting them annoyed. These are the places... Read More , I love Twitter and have used it since 2007, but there are some things people do on there that get under my skin. Facebook has been making a lot of changes lately that seem to making some of the users angry, and this could lead to an influx of new Twitter users. Hopefully letting them know some Twitter bad habits will keep them from doing them themselves.


Obviously, this is just my opinion, and I probably do many of these annoying things myself from time to time, but I still think it’s necessary to put this stuff out there and try to keep the Twitterverse clear of annoying things as much as possible. So without further ado, and since you guys seemed to enjoy the first article about how annoying people can be on Twitter, here goes another list of five more annoying things.

Using Underscores In A Username

This is a pretty personal annoyance, but I do almost all of my tweeting from my iPhone, and typing an underscore is a pain in the butt. Have you tried to find the stupid underscore while tweeting and driving? I can tell you from first hand experience that it isn’t fun, and it could very well lead to certain death. So please, when creating a username think about all the lives you could be saving by just avoiding that underscore.

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I know you want a space in your name, and it’s annoying that Twitter doesn’t let you have them. Still, you don’t have to type in your Twitter name, so think of the poor innocent souls who do!

Tweets That Take More Than One Tweet To Finish

Twitter set a 140 character limit for a reason. It is to keep thoughts clear and concise. If the thought you are trying to put out there cannot fit into 140 characters then the chances are it is not really meant for Twitter, and you should consider making a Tumblr blog and linking it to your Twitter. This way the people who want to see your long thoughts can click through on the link and read them, and the ones who don’t want be subjected to your tweet, that actually span 4 or 5 tweets, will be spared.


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Also, please don’t compensate for a long tweet by typing like this: “I tryn 2 mk dis shrt so it ftz in twtr lmts n mk ma pnt 2 al u on twtr.” Yes, this fixes the problem of your tweet taking a million tweets, but it also creates a whole new problem of speaking gibberish.

People Who Stalk Celebrities

I think it is awesome that celebrities are all over Twitter as it gives them a quick and easy way to interact with their fans. However, some people take this to extremes and constantly tweet celebrities hoping for that one @ mention from them that will apparently change their life forever.

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I’m sorry but celebrities are people too, just like you or I, and I can guarantee that they don’t want their @ reply box filled with the same person trying desperately to start a conversation with them. Think about how much it would annoy you if you had one person constantly tweeting you telling you they loved you, or how amazing you are and how you should totally follow them. Thankfully, Twitter has a block feature, and if you e-stalk celebrities, you can expect them to use it.

Four Square

I really hate to admit it because I love Four Square and I use it every single day, but truth be told, it is annoying. No one really needs to know where everyone else always is. I really wanted to leave this off the list because Four Square doesn’t particularly bother me. My cousin checks in everywhere he goes, and since I mobile follow him I get a text message every time he does. But some of my followers are adamant that my checking in on Four Square annoys them, and I can see their point.

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Recently, I have only been sharing select check-ins on Twitter, since Four Square allows you to choose when you push an update through to Twitter. Basically, just use common sense. If you have something to say along with your check in then share it. If not, maybe it’s better to just keep in Four Square.


Automatic Direct Messages

This is literally the quickest way to get unfollowed in my book. If I follow someone new, which is a rarity, because I only follow something like 30 people, and I get an automatic direct message thanking me for following them and suggesting some kind of link to check out their stuff, that is an instant unfollow.

annoying things people do on twitter

I’m really glad you appreciate me following you, but if you really appreciate it, how about an actual @ mention or hand-typed message? Having a bot send a message to me doesn’t really show me that you appreciate it, and therefore it will be time for me to say goodbye.


There you have it, it seems like Twitter is just full of annoying people. Around every corner there is someone doing something bothersome. I realize these articles make it sound like I hate Twitter, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Think of me instead as a Twitter vigilante, here to clean up Twitter, one annoying person at a time.


So I’ll ask again, what annoys you on Twitter? Nothing? Everything? Are you a masochist who likes annoying people? Let me know in the comments!

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  1. Alphagirl101
    October 3, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    Enough already with scoldng Dave about the 'tweet and drive' faux pas. I'm positive he gets it by now and realises he should've chosen his words more wisely.
    So now...what annoys me the most? Rrandom tweets to try spark "I can't believe what just happened".."6 more sleeps"..."Oh what to do what to do, I'm so confused" ....u're a tweet away from being unfollowed because I'm certainly not going to ask you to tell me more. Why should I pretend to care just to make small talk. #justsaying

    • Dave LeClair
      October 3, 2011 at 5:45 pm

      Thank you, thank you! And that is pretty annoying, if I want to converse with someone I will, no need to try and trick me into it!

    • James Bruce
      October 28, 2011 at 8:39 am

      *Generic comment of agreement*

  2. Anonymous
    October 2, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    As far as your example of trying to find the under score while drive, I got it. I enjoy these type of puns because it ALWAYS brings out the superior social activist who don't get puns and have to inform the writer of their impact on others. They can always be counted on the ignore the point a writer is trying to make, so they can point out their own superiority. In the words of the immortal 'Reverend' Spock: Live Long and PROPER.

    • Dave LeClair
      October 3, 2011 at 5:44 pm

      You sir, are a gentleman and scholar! Thank you!

  3. Anonymous
    October 2, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    I follow a brain surgeon who tweets during surgery and tags each tweet/pic with a come on to like his fb page dedicated to his funeral home. It's annoying.

    • James Bruce
      October 28, 2011 at 8:38 am

      Better than pics of the surgery, I guess?!

  4. Anonymous
    October 2, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    Great points! Something tells me that you really don't tweet while driving, you were just inserting humor. I also do not need to be kept up to date with everyones stop in their daily routine. Thanx for tweeting what a lot of us feel.

    • Dave LeClair
      October 3, 2011 at 5:45 pm

      You are welcome!

  5. Coraopolis2011
    October 2, 2011 at 5:38 am

    Tweeting while driving is crazy as well as illegal in Hawaii. Having a name with an underscore is great if it keeps you from killing someone.

  6. Tim Sheahan
    October 2, 2011 at 5:36 am

    people who make support accounts for their favorite celebrity, i.e. Justin Beiber. There is legitimately thousands of accounts dealing with him. And all they do is tweet about how awesome he is and cause the TT's to be something related to him. Which leads me to my second pet peeve of Twitter, people who use the TT's and hashtags in everything they tweet. Especially the stupid ones such as #JobsDrakeHadBeforeRapper. That one was a worldwide TT for like three weeks.

  7. Dave LeClair
    October 1, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    Guys, that was a joke to hammer home how typing underscores can be annoying! I guess that didn't come across in the article. Relax, my fellow motorists are safe and sound.

    • Daniel Escasa
      October 2, 2011 at 5:40 am

      Sorry, Dave, but if it was a joke, IMHO it was in poor taste. I do get the part about how annoying typing underscores can be. If you wanted to make a joke about it, you could've said that it's hard to type the underscore while walking -- you run the risk of running into a pole or a mailbox or sumthin'.

      On a slightly related note, I'm happy to note that all commenters so far have slammed your supposed (and now denied) use of a cell phone while driving. Or have we just bludgeoned the brain-dead twitters-while-driving into silence? <g>

      • Dave LeClair
        October 2, 2011 at 6:11 am

        Yea, in retrospect using walking would have been a better choice for an example, I thought the saving lives part made it clear I was joking, and in my head it did. Guess I forgot tone of voice doesn't work in written form the same way it does in my head lol. Oh well hindsight is 20/20 as they say.

        • James Bruce
          October 28, 2011 at 8:37 am

          No, that wouldn't have been as funny. Perhaps just putting some emphasis marks around it, or affixing with JUST KIDDING. It's painfully obvious you weren't serious. 

  8. Samatdel
    October 1, 2011 at 8:32 am

    WTF are you doing tweeting and driving you brain dead. They should put an underscore through you. That one way to ensure that no one will read the full article. Thanks for the consideration of your fellow road users

    • Daniel Escasa
      October 1, 2011 at 11:09 am

      Absolutely. I skipped the rest of the article once I read that. Aren't there laws against cell phone use while driving? Shouldn't there be laws against promoting or at least condoning cell phone use while driving? Oh, can can we take this article as a confession to a violation of traffic laws?

      Lastly, can we count this so-called article as annoying behavior?

    • James Bruce
      October 28, 2011 at 8:37 am

      "put an underscore through you" - ROFL. That is bloody classic. 

      • Dave LeClair
        October 31, 2011 at 1:56 pm

        I'd rather an underscore than a dash. The underscore will go under my feet, and I can use it as a magical flying surfboard, and dash would just stab me. 

  9. Matt
    October 1, 2011 at 12:50 am

    ?"Have you tried to find the stupid underscore while tweeting and driving?"..No, because I'm not the type of person that wants to run down schoolchildren because I'm playing with my blasted mobile phone instead of concentrating on my driving. PUT THE PHONE AWAY YOU MORON AND DRIVE SAFELY!

    • Tina
      October 1, 2011 at 10:54 am

      Good point, Matt!

      • James Bruce
        October 28, 2011 at 8:35 am

        Some people just don't a joke, eh? Oh well.