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How You Can Make Twitter a Better Place

Chris Hoffman 27-02-2013

Whether you’re an organization, blogger 7 Types Of Blogs You Can Write [Opinion] When you set out to write your personal blog, you'll realize that there are a variety of different writer's hats that you can wear. You may want to make a personal blog with your thoughts... Read More , video producer, or just someone with something to say, you probably have a Twitter account. However, there are right ways and wrong ways to use Twitter. The wrong way is sending out tweets to all your latest content on autopilot, ignoring questions from your followers, and spamming them. Twitter is a social media site, and your presence on Twitter should be real, human, and interesting. This makes Twitter a better place for everyone.


We practice what we preach on MakeUseOf’s Twitter account. Our Twitter account isn’t just run by a script that sends out tweets to everything we write. It’s run by a real person who responds to questions and interacts with our followers.

Following these tips can help you get more followers on Twitter 8 More Tips to Generate Lots of Twitter Followers We won’t get a ton of Twitter followers because of a famous surname. We have to work our asses off before we cross and starting causing a few fail whales to show up on Twitter.... Read More , but that’s not the only point. The point is to create an interesting account that people will enjoy following.

Have a Conversation

Twitter is a social media website with two-way communication between you and your followers. It’s not just a one-way communication mechanism for you to broadcast at people.

  • Reply to People: You probably have people tweeting at you, asking you questions and leaving you comments. Reply to these @ tweets and direct messages. Be a real person with a real presence.
  • Participate in Conversations: if you’re following someone and they ask a question or you have input on something they tweeted, send a reply. Be an active participant.
  • Have a Real Personality: Your Twitter feed shouldn’t read like it was generated by an unthinking and unfeeling robot. Twitter feeds that read this way probably are automatically generated by scripts, and they often aren’t very interesting.

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It’s Not Just About You

Your Twitter account shouldn’t just be a self-promotion engine. You should be a real person (or organization) with a real, human presence.


Be Considerate of Your Followers

You may want to tweet constantly, but be considerate of your followers. They’re probably following quite a few other accounts, too.

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Don’t Be Obnoxious

Quite a few Twitter etiquette tips can be boiled down to “don’t be obnoxious.” Most of this stuff should be obvious.

Secure Your Twitter Account

You should secure your Twitter account to protect malicious people from taking it over and spamming your followers, as recently happened to organizations as large as Burger King and Jeep. Be sure to read our list of list of ways to secure your Twitter account What You Need to Know About Securing Your Twitter Account Twitter accounts are juicy targets for scammers and malware distributors. Once someone compromises your Twitter account, they can send out tweets with links to scams and malware, bombarding your followers with their junk. Strengthen your... Read More .


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Of course, not all of these tips will apply to everyone. if you’re CNN, your followers probably do expect to be constantly bombarded with your latest content. If you’re a political blogger, your followers do want your political opinions. if you’re a politically incorrect comic, curse away – your followers would probably be surprised if you didn’t.

Nevertheless, if more people followed these tips, Twitter would be a better place. Twitter’s come a long way from being a site mocked for containing status updates like “I just ate a sandwich,” and it can become a more interesting place if people follow proper Twitter etiquette 6 Things The Internet Has Taught Me About Etiquette [Opinion] Over the years, I've learned that the Internet has its own sets of rules and etiquette much like any other culture. Granted, I have also learned something else about the Internet – it's very cynical... Read More .

Do you want more information on making use of Twitter? Download our complete guide to Twitter How to Use Twitter Twitter can be overwhelming at first, but we're here to help you make sense of it. Here's a complete guide to using Twitter and understanding how it works. Read More .


Do you have any other Twitter etiquette tips we didn’t mention here? Or do you disagree with any of our recommendations? Leave a comment and consider following us on Twitter!

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  1. Gloria Clifford
    April 18, 2019 at 9:45 am

    The only reason my Twitter profile looks amazing is WizUgo com. It started increasing my follower's list in a few days. The results were steady and legit. The most important part is this tool is totally safe i.e., your Twitter account won’t get banned from it.

  2. Mac Witty
    February 28, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    and that which applies in all situations - do not forget to say thanks if you got help

    • Chris Hoffman
      February 28, 2013 at 6:24 pm

      Yup, it's always good to be appreciated!

  3. Duane Adam
    February 28, 2013 at 9:52 am

    I totally agree with the "don't over-tweet" some people tweet almost everything every freaking second.

    • Lisa Santika Onggrid
      March 3, 2013 at 5:21 pm

      Not to mention some of them tweet of the most mundane aspects of one's life. Good grief if I read another 'just have coffee' or 'ate sandwich'.

  4. Scott Macmillan
    February 28, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Twitter is usually the last place that I look for my news.It is too limited in information.Reddit,Gizmodo and online news feeds have what I'm looking for.

    • Chris Hoffman
      February 28, 2013 at 6:23 pm

      Depends on who you follow, of course. I don't actually get most of my news from Twitter, either.

  5. Nevzat Akkaya
    February 28, 2013 at 7:18 am

    Nice suggestions. However I find Twitter as a resource to latest news. However, it's ugly as a conversation, discussion place. Facebook, Google+, even Friendfeed is much better in that case.

    • Chris Hoffman
      February 28, 2013 at 6:23 pm

      Yes, true enough. It certainly is a different, more fast-moving format.

  6. Justin Pot
    February 28, 2013 at 1:00 am

    This is a fantastic list, and will be one of the first things I share with people trying to understand Twitter culture from now on. Thanks for writing it.

    • Chris Hoffman
      February 28, 2013 at 6:22 pm

      Thanks, that's what I was going for!