Have you been tweeting long enough to have your own pet peeves on Twitter? That usually happens about Phase 6 in what seems to be a fairly predictable cycle in the transformation from Twitter newbie to devoted user. The phases seem to go something like this:
Phase 1. Not understanding what all the fuss is about over Twitter.
Phase 2: Deciding to give it a try, but often in a limited way, like “I’ll do it just for one month.”
Phase 3: Following a whole bunch of people, in hopes that they’ll follow you back and shoot your follower numbers through the roof.
Phase 4: Pruning your list of follows, when you realize you’re following a ridiculous number of people you’ve never heard of and couldn’t care less about.
Phase 5: Deciding that Twitter really is pretty cool, and trying to talk everybody you know into joining.
Phase 6: Developing into such a Twitter veteran that you can name at least one Tweeting practice that annoys you every time you see it.
What bugs you? The auto reply to a new follow that includes a sales message? An update post that promises zillions of followers in 24 hours? Maybe it’s people who post links that don’t work. (I’ve done that one myself, I think.) Or people who send out ten updates in a row so your entire computer screen is filled with multiple versions of that person’s face. There are people who are tormented by the inspirational quotes tweeted daily by some. Others seem to appreciate those.
An update on what someone had for breakfast is cause for an unfollow to some. Endless tweets of chest-beating and self-promotion turn the stomachs of others.
Post a comment below to share your opinion. What sort of tweet drives you crazy?