Five Things I Won’t Do On Twitter

I love Twitter. It’s a real-time pulse of the world, or at least, my part of the world and I like to keep it relatively simple. People do a lot of stuff on Twitter, some good, some bad and some down-right nasty, but I give this to you, today, a list of things I WILL NOT do.


1. I will not ask you to ‘like’ my Amazon/Facebook/Smashwords book page.  I do click ‘like’ buttons on things that I know I like. If I read a book and I like it, then I’ll click, but I don’t go around spamming people to like my stuff when I know they haven’t read it. In my opinion, it amounts to begging, and I don’t beg. Period.


2. I will not #follow4follow. Honestly, I have two words for people who do this – fuck off. People F4F irk the crap outta me. I find it hollow and self-serving. I have a rule; I follow people I’m interested in, but I’m not going to drop them if they don’t follow me back. Grow up. This isn’t high school.


3. I will not spam hashtags with annoying pleas to “Read my book!” “Read my blog!” A link to my new posts come up on Twitter and I do a bit of promo around the time my books come out, but that’s about it. I won’t bombard you with this shit. I saw this a lot in hashtag groups, so much so that I no longer visit these groups. Thank you assholes, you ruined something for me.


4. I will not constantly re-tweet. I don’t mind sharing tidbits or info from people I follow, but I won’t fill my stream with just re-tweets. I like to talk to people too.


5. I will not #MM and #FF. I haven’t seen many of these lately and I’ll explain why I don’t do it. I used to, back when I was first on Twitter, but then I thought, my preferences of what I like is different to other people’s, and what if someone follows someone else and it turns out they DON’T like that person? How do I look to that follower now? I suggested they follow someone that wasn’t a match? I don’t know, I understand the concept, I just don’t like it.



About Darke Conteur
Darke Conteur is a writer at the mercy of her Muse. The author of stories in several genres, she prefers to create within the realms Science Fiction and Dark Fantasy. A pagan at heart, her personal goal it to find her balance within nature; exploring the dark through her stories and the light through her beliefs. When not writing or working with crystals, she enjoys knitting, gardening, cooking and very loud music.

10 Responses to Five Things I Won’t Do On Twitter

  1. Awesomeness! @ArmandAuthor put your post on my radar. I agree with what you are saying 100%, and I would like to add an additional 5 commitments:

    6) I will not thank you for following me because that’s degrading. But I will follow you back if I want to connect with you; @ mention you in a meaningful way, or retweet your content that I like so you know I hear you and like what you’re doing.

    7) I will not send automated or unsolicited DMs at no time!

    8) I will not exclusively spew my facebook status updates or foursquare checkings or instagram posts to twitter. If I have to push content from third-party apps, I will only do that on a selective basis, when it makes sense.

    9) I won’t steal your great tweets, and tweet them without credit to you, pretending they are mine..

    10) I will not solely be a broadcaster, I will create tools to listen to what my connections are saying that are meaningful to me and my community on a daily basis (like “lists” or a published or unpublished account; or a flipboard account).

  2. I agree with all your points, although I don’t know what #MM or #FF are. I think it’s wise to not spam people, and I love the “it’s not high school” line. So true!

    I still can’t make Twitter useful for me, but I keep working at it.

    • #MM is Maniac Monday or something like that. There’s #WW=Writer Wednesday and #FF=Follow Friday. I see twitter like a water cooler. I don’t tweet everything I do, but I like to start conversations and see where they go.

  3. I don’t use Twitter much but I am finally learning what Tweetdeck can do. This week I’ll be on there all week with prescheduled tweets for the Indies 4 Hire event, but aside from that I read from the sidelines. I can’t hang with the Twitter pros.

  4. Pop in anyway if you have questions or want to add to the dialog. Gwen and I will be in and out all day.

  5. kmcambion says:

    The most annoying thing to me are the posters that all on their timeline is just book promos. Nothing about themselves; just book promos and more book promos. Basically spam-producing robots.

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