Know proper ‘tweetiquette’ to effectively use Twitter

June 1st, 2009 - 5:54 pm ICT by ANI  

Melbourne, June 1 (ANI): If you thought tweeting on Twitter was just about writing a 140 characters sentence to update people about your thoughts, then you are mistaken- for you have to know proper “tweetiquette” to communicate via the popular website.

New York Times best-selling author Joel Comm has said that the social networking site has its own rules of etiquette, just like normal conversations.

And he has recently released a book on ‘tweetiquette’, titled ‘Twitter Power’- a guide to using the popular site as a marketing tool.

“Every conversation has rules. We know not to interrupt people, we know not to use bad language, we know not to talk too loudly. Exactly the same is true for a Twitter conversation,” the Daily Telegraph quoted Comm as saying.

And Comm noted that the topmost Twitter tip is to post good content-be entertaining, informative and brief.

Secondly, users should not spam-people won’t want to follow you if they’re having blogs, products or businesses constantly advertised to them, he said.

One should avoid capital letters so that they don’t shout, and spell out words completely.

And another golden rule is follow people who follow you, and stick to 140 characters that give people value.

“Think of Twitter as one big party, and it’s huge and there are a lot of small groups standing around talking,” said Comm.

He added: “You wouldn’t just break into a group of people and tell them what you have to sell. People need to get to know you, like you and trust you. It’s all about relationships.”

Comm has 60,000 followers on the site and, in his opinion, good tweetiquette is to ask and answer questions, to give opinions and to interact.

And Comm has also advised that one should avoid getting into trouble by writing about his or her boss or work in negative ways. (ANI)

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