The Five Most Annoying Things People Do On Twitter

Dave LeClair 24-08-2011

The Five Most Annoying Things People Do On Twitter twittericon 1Twitter is a marvelous tool, filled with fun and interesting people sharing the latest happenings in their lives. People tell some great stories about their day-to-day grind. Twitter can be used to promote things, plan parties and gatherings with your friends, and announce important occurrences in life. You can tell your friends where you are at that exact moment, or even share a picture of your newly born child. These are all amazing ways to connect with people through the magic of Twitter.


However, Twitter also has a darker side. It is also 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 on Twitter that are most closely akin to a dark alley somewhere. A place you never want to end up. Avoid acting like these people on Twitter, and you may just find your life, and the lives of your friends, that much more joyous.

1. People Who Are Constantly Hashtagging

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I hate hashtags HOW TO: Effectively Use Twitter Hashtags Read More . I think they are the absolute most annoying thing on Twitter. I hate them even more when people decide to put like 20 words in a single hashtag. #ImsorryIcantreadyourstupidtweetwhenyouputamillionwordsbehindahashtagwithnospacesinit. When I see something like that on Twitter I immediately click the big “Unfollow” button.

I don’t just hate them when they are long though, I also hate them when people put one in almost every one of their tweets. I’m sorry, but that does not make you cool, and it is not going to get you more followers. Hash tags have a place HOW TO: Effectively Use Twitter Hashtags Read More , but they need to be used sparingly, and they need to be kept short so they are actually readable.

2. People That Follow Thousands Of People

annoying twitter habitsThis drives me crazy. Why follow thousands of people just so they will follow you back? That is completely defeating the point of Twitter. There is no way you can keep up with your Twitter timeline when there is a new tweet every 3 seconds. Twitter was designed for following along with your friends, and people who interest you, not to get 100,000,000,000 people flooding your timeline and the same number reading your tweets who do not care about what you have to say.


Before following someone on Twitter you must ask yourself one simple question: Do I actually care about what this person might be tweeting? If you cannot answer yes to this question than you mustn’t follow them.

3. People Who Use Twitter For One On One Conversation

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This drives me absolutely insane. Please, if you want to conduct a conversation, text message or direct message the person. It is completely unreasonable to expect all your followers to read your conversation with someone if it extends past 2 or 3 tweets each. Once you realize this is going to become more than a quick exchange, it is time to move along and not force your conversation down everyone else’s throat.

If you don’t like having Twitter followers, go ahead and try this, because it will be a quick way to see your number of followers drop like a lead balloon.


4. People Who Do Nothing But Retweet

annoying twitter users

I understand you want to let people know that you like what they said, but please, have an original thought on your own just once! Twitter is all about sharing, so if you think that something that Justin Bieber said is just super cool, then by all means re-tweet it, but attempt to follow it up at some point with something that you thought of yourself. Why even make a Twitter account if you never intend to actually type something out yourself?

5. People Who Only Use Twitter To Advertise Their Stuff

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Twitter is an invaluable tool for promotion. We all know this, and I will admit, I may be a little guilty of this myself when it comes to tweeting my articles from MakeUseOf. Sometimes it is easy to forget you are posting things to your friends, and real people who aren’t looking to have your links shoved in their face. Please, post your links, and if it interests me I will happily click it, and if not, at least you tried, but also post other things that are interesting.


Maybe a link to someone else’s article from another website? Maybe you could let us know where the party is going to happen tonight, just please, be a human, and not a link posting robot. The obvious exception is if your Twitter account is specifically for a website. People know what they are getting into if they follow an account like that, so it is acceptable.


Twitter is great, if you don’t use it like some of these annoying examples. Please, think of your followers when you tweet, they are the ones who have to suffer through reading the garbage you are posting. Just use common sense, if you think something would annoy you if anyone did it in your timeline, maybe you shouldn’t do it either.

What annoys you on Twitter? Do you follow anyone you wish you could get rid of and can’t because they are a “real life” friend? Let us know in the comments.

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  1. Paradise
    November 28, 2016 at 3:53 am

    Fabulous list! I agree with them all.

    ???? People Who Use Twitter For One On One Conversation ????

    THIS. My friends all want to tweet for hours about their lives and I'm like pick up the phone and call me! I need my hands to do other things besides tweeting for 3 hours.

    And OMG hashtags! The death of Twitter was hashtags. Nobody tweets at all right now. ?

  2. Aibek
    October 6, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    we'll check it out! :)

  3. Tina
    October 5, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    Thank you for sharing your article!

  4. Christine
    October 4, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    Also annoying- those whose tweet "follow us! follow us!", but have nothing more to say.

  5. Emma Geraln (@emmageraln)
    September 22, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    All those things can be annoying. I do all those things... Sometimes.

  6. ben
    September 4, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    Maybe it's a bug, but from what I've seen..

    If you follow's someone's twitter account via an rss feed, then only the tweets that use the RT  @   xxxxx  copy/paste method will show up on the rss stream.
    If the person does a retweet (in a way that produces the circular arrows icon.. I assume using a twitter client that automates the process), then those tweets don't show up.

    • Tina
      September 5, 2011 at 5:25 pm

      Interesting observation, Ben. Thanks for sharing!
      Has anyone else noticed the same thing? I will have to watch that one!

  7. jelabarre
    September 2, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    The most annoying thing people do on Twitter?  Probably using Twitter in general.

    • Paradise
      November 28, 2016 at 3:54 am

      Hahahaha. Yes, that too.

  8. SettleDownDave
    September 2, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    @DLeClair:disqus - Sorry, I think I'm with masses on this one.  You wrote an article basically saying that people who use Twitter in any way besides the way that YOU like, are just annoying.
    So to summarize, do not hash-tag, do not follow too many people, no one on one conversations, don't re-tweet, and don't advertise.  And if we were to add in with those, the rules according to @facebook-100000334095711:disqus , what's left?  What would a good, non annoying, non re-tweeted, non advertised, non trivial, not intended for any one person, with no hash tags and no net lingo tweet look like?

    • Jojo Joestar
      December 10, 2016 at 4:41 am

      I totally agree with this, it seems like to me the writer of this article just finds Twitter in general annoying... period. Its either that or he finds social media in general annoying.
      Sorry to break it to you but welcome to the future pal, get used to it.

      • Denbro
        July 8, 2018 at 4:36 pm

        Not the future, it's the present annoying fad.

  9. Anonymous
    August 26, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    Tweeting should be conducted like any other form of communication: decent people treating other decent people decently.  Do unto others (and DON'T do unto others) is a good rule of thumb. 
    When people I'd like to follow seem to tweet about nothing and do it too often, and re-tweet too much, unfollowing is the only way to handle it.  Same with hashtagged runons (#hashtaggedrunons) same with tweets that are all sales & marketing, all the time.  I want to be informed, I DON'T want to be sold by hard-sell. 
    All-in-all, I like the suggestions Dave LeClair makes, and find the article resonates with my innate twitter tendencies.

  10. Elk Grove (Rodney)
    August 26, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    #3 doesn't really apply so much these days because your followers can see one on one at replies you send to people unless they are also following the person you are at replying.

  11. WazBee69
    August 26, 2011 at 10:56 am

    The most annoying thing on Twitter must be
    "if you follow @_____ For tweets And she will Follow back or get you 500 followers"
    All jokes aside, but that people still believe this.?

  12. Sean853
    August 26, 2011 at 6:15 am

    I use twitter as an information source I follow people with the same interestings , hobby ...

  13. Anonymous
    August 25, 2011 at 11:33 am

    erm... weird article

  14. Anonymous
    August 25, 2011 at 10:33 am

    That is more irritating on twitter that some person that follow anyone with the intention of follow them back. I think that twitter is for sharing something new or sharing with each other what we have. So we should not spoil it.

  15. Saikat Basu
    August 25, 2011 at 7:43 am

    All of us are guilty of at least two these 'sins'. But one thing I always do is welcome someone to my network. 

  16. Î??ç???™
    August 25, 2011 at 6:51 am

    Very true! Add one thing: People who dosnt reply back! XD

  17. Jeffery Fabish
    August 25, 2011 at 3:47 am

    Good, honest article. I think you missed a few.

    6.) People who tweet to tell you what important, trivial thing they are doing. "Taking a shower", "Eating", etc. Who gives a fuck about this? I don't.
    7.) Spelling and grammar. I envy people are who are too ignorant to understand that their grammar and spelling online is just as important as their grammar offline. People like to twist that around, I know. They say "Well it's online, who cares"? Well then why the fuck bother posting in the first place, if no one cares about content online? It's 2011, get yourself a web browser that supports spell checking. It's fucking embarrassing to see this, especially as it does from figures who are idealized by youth, it rubs off on them that being halfwit is okay. 

    8.) Internet arguments. This passive aggressive shit has to go, as if anyone looks tough online. These self-proclaimed "trolls" with their overused meme's, "umad". Shit, learn how to argue. How stupid can you be? "umad" isn't a rebuttal, it's a confession of an inadequate argument. People just don't know when they should be embarrassed and shut the fuck up anymore, they have no values. What ever happened to finding the person who pissed you off and shooting him in the fucking head? I miss that. Not only was it more respectable but it seemed to end those arguments pretty fuckin' quick. 

    9.) The overuse of "lol", "rofl" and "lmfao". I see that most of the time it's used to indicate the person is not angry, but this is a clear form of mental hysteria. Calm the fuck down, recollect yourself and expand your vocabulary.   I personally don't get the point of Twitter and if there was one, it's been neglected greatly. That's why I don't use it, rather than sit around making articles about how badly it sucks (:

    • Dave LeClair
      August 25, 2011 at 3:52 am

      Glad you enjoyed it, and fear not, part 2 is right around the corner! Your suggestions have been noted. This article could have been top 20 things easily, but I was writing an article not a book. I almost ended this comment in lol but your statement stopped me, you're making the internet a better place already!

    • Conryfn
      August 25, 2011 at 5:36 am

      I save my trivial stuff about what I'm doing for Facebook. I only "friend" people that know me and I don't send out requests, just wait until they "friend" me. Therefore, I feel like they brought it on themselves.

    • Aibek
      August 25, 2011 at 9:35 am

      I second point 6 and 9

      • Jeffery Fabish
        August 25, 2011 at 10:19 am

        What a marvelous choice of numerical points (: 69 Always seemed like a good point to me, as well.

    • Terry
      September 3, 2011 at 11:08 am

      agree with all that you say, but with regards to your point 7, I find it
      somewhat ironic for you to be talking about ignorance when you use foul
      language in 6 of your 7 paragraphs.

      you swear in virtually every sentence you speak?  If so, I suspect don’t use twitter because
      you have no friends to follow!

      • Jeffery Fabish
        September 5, 2011 at 6:40 pm

        "Ignorance" means uninformed. I fail to see how "foul language" would indicate a lack of intelligence. No word in it of itself is "foul", rather the context that it's used in is. Words are only a symbolic representation of thought, don't punish the word that is used to describe that thought. In fact, the ironic part of it all is that you didn't know the definition of "ignorance" yet were using it in a sentence, which would make you ignorant.

        If your psyche is too delicate to interpret strong words, such as "fuck" than perhaps you shouldn't connect to the internet. Personally, I don't trust anyone who doesn't swear.

        As you would have gathered if you read my post entirely, I don't use twitter for reasons other than simply not having "friends", after all I do have a Facebook account. You've based your point entirely off of a fallacy (Ad Hominem) by implying simply because I don't have friends, that I don't have any decent points to make. That doesn't impress me.

        Oh yeah, have a good fuckin' day!

  18. Conryfn
    August 25, 2011 at 2:09 am

    I don't have many followers and that's fine. Only a couple are actually friends. I got on Twitter to read tweets about things that interest me. I sometimes retweet the funny stuff for my friends to see also. I don't have anything original to say that most people would be interested in. I didn't know it bothered anyone for me to just mostly retweet. Either it interests them or it doesn't. They can feel free to unfollow me. I didn't ask anyone but husband to follow me anyway. Now I feel like I can't enjoy Twitter anymore.

    • Dave LeClair
      August 25, 2011 at 3:12 am

      Awe I didn't intend to ruin Twitter for you! Post whatever makes you happy! Like you said if people don't like it they can unfollow you. Or they can post whiney articles on the internet about it lol.

      • Conryfn
        August 25, 2011 at 5:32 am

        Aww! Thanks for being gracious about the comments you've received. :)

      • Allyzari
        November 5, 2011 at 5:28 pm

        Sorry to hear that you are so annoyed by twitter. I have to say I completely disagreeomm just about this entire article. I am a social media coach who teaches my clients about the power of twitter to promote and it's brilliant use of hashtags. I actually teach that no tweet should ever be sent out WITHOUT a hashtag or it will get lost in the big loud room of everyone talking at once about something totally different. The system was built with its own search tool so that people would be able to quickly connect to each other and engage in conversations with people they otherwise would never have met. Hashtags, in my opinion are the only way that we can keep the his organized on the application. Yes, I follow my friends, but if I truly want to engage with them on a personal level I use Facebook. It's a different form of social media because it's a different pace. Sorry to be so harsh, but I think having a better understanding of why people use hashtags might help you to be less annoyed.

  19. Joshua Wilcox
    August 25, 2011 at 1:48 am

    So basically you don't like anything about twitter. So why write this post basically saying that you hate everything on how people use something that has no rules, only those created by people like you who think their sh*t don't stank. Twitter is communication service that is best used however people find it useful. If you don't like them don't follow, but don't b*tch about it either.


    • Dave LeClair
      August 25, 2011 at 3:10 am

      Oh no you didn't diss me with a hash tag! lol just kidding well played!

  20. Eric Weiss
    August 25, 2011 at 1:39 am

    I hate holier than thou Twitter users who think they have the right to tell everyone else how they should use a free and public service that's open to being used the way Twitter is. And for the record I agree with some of this.

    Agree with last commenter - the best thing about twitter is that if you don't like the way someone uses it, unfollow. If you don't want to unfollow, use an app that lets you mute or filter people or hashtags. There are tools out there to let everyone use it the way they want and let others digest it the way they want. A better post would have been how to fix these issues instead of ranting about why they suck. 

    • Dave LeClair
      August 25, 2011 at 3:09 am

      Perhaps that would be better, but I don't think they can be fixed. Like you said unfollowing is the only way, and I don't want to unfollow my real life friends no matter how much they annoy me! Same goes for filtering them. 

      • Hugh Lilly
        August 25, 2011 at 6:35 am

        Are your "friends" assholes in real life too?

        • Dave LeClair
          August 25, 2011 at 12:29 pm


    • Zufash
      October 18, 2011 at 2:35 am

      Ditto, Eric! Who put anyone in charge for creating all these silly rules about how to post on Twitter, what to avoid and so on? Who cares what you and I or anyone else thinks Twitter should be used for. Everyone's free to use it for whatever purpose she/he uses it for.

      Unless this article was for sheer entertainment purposes, I find it so silly for anyone to waste her/his time writing on what's annoying on Twitter and what's not. But then again, I guess you're free to express your opinion, and I'm not obligated to read about it. I was bored - that's all :)

      • Zufash
        October 18, 2011 at 2:37 am

        Oh, and also, I very much enjoy the long (but not excessively long) hashtags; I think they're hilarious sometimes!

  21. Crawford
    August 25, 2011 at 1:29 am

    "This drives me absolutely insane."
    "I hate hashtags."
    "This drives me crazy."

    Hashtags are a way of organization, Twitter is great for one-on-one conversations, and if any of this bothers you as much as it does, stop using Twitter - it's obviously not for you.

    Really, if you have a personal Twitter account, since when has followers mattered? If they don't like that you're holding a short conversation with your friend, someone you follow, or whatever, they can easily unfollow you or just, well, ignore your tweets. How hard is it to just scroll down the page.

    On corporate or business accounts, hashtag uses, frequent posting, conversations, and whatever else on Twitter actually builds upon a brand and shows activity and great customer relations (unless they're calling a customer stupid).

    You can unfollow, and I suggest you do so with the people you have a problem with.

    Whatever happened to the good ol' days where if something pissed you off, you just got away from it.

    tl;dr author is raging over something he could easily just walk away.

    • Dave LeClair
      August 25, 2011 at 3:07 am

      You make some very valid points, and it is hard for me to say I disagree with you. Still, all of the things that annoy me on the list are my real life friends that I can't unfollow in good conscience.

      My main problem with each of these things are people who do them excessively. Except hash tags, I just hate them no matter what, but that's just me being a baby lol.

      As I said in the article, corporate accounts are pretty much the exception to all these. When you follow a corporate account you know what you are getting in to, and that is fine.

      Thanks for the comment, much appreciated.

      • Andrey Stefanenko
        August 25, 2011 at 6:12 am

        Why not hashtag? It is a channel for some kind of specific info, while using in constantly manner with some kind of entertainment - like exploration and reporting

        As far as i can see my not so many, but constant followers do not hate me because of this. More - i discover incremental height of audience, one hashtag (read - channel) plus one or two new followers. So, we need understand - Twitter it is communication tool, and hashtagging its a some kind of hack and humans are different 

        • Jeffery Fabish
          August 25, 2011 at 7:56 am

          If you need to say something, just say it. No need in removing readability by hash-tagging, it seems pointless to me. What info possibly needs to be channeled through cryptic text? Shit, either you got something to say or you don't.

          I'tS LiKe ThIs ShIt, UsInG mIxEd CaSeS fOr No ReAsOn LiKe An AsShOlE.

        • Andrey Stefanenko
          August 25, 2011 at 5:16 pm


          So what do You say about something like this
          "Just discovered nice new #book on #drupal #webdevelopment from #apress"
          Do You really think this kind of posting worth hatefull critic? If so, why?