DISCLAIMER: This post may or may not be tongue-in-cheek.
When you’re fairly active in the blogosphere you tend to see a fair few car crashes on Twitter, forums and blogs. Of course everyone everyone’s entitled to a mini-meltdown from time to time but the problem with doing it in a public space is that everyone can see it. Hindsight/experience is a wonderful thing, although I have seen even veteran bloggers/tweeps lose their cool over the past few months. So here are my top 5 tips for avoiding toe-curling mistakes on social media. I’d love to hear yours.
2. People unfollow you on Twitter for one of two reasons. a). The weird glitchy thing that means Twitter unfollows someone on your behalf because you haven’t interacted with them for a while (NB: this may or may not be an Urban Myth). b). Because they don’t want to follow you. They’re not interested in you, or what you have to say, they don’t like you, or feel you have anything in common, or they don’t like the people you talk to. Take it on the chin. Asking them publicly on Twitter why they’re not following you anymore – particularly if you do it in a whiny, needy tone – is the social media equivalent of drunk dialling an ex, and it’s never a good look. If you’re really that bothered, email them.
3. And while we’re talking about drunk dialling… it’s worth bearing in mind that Drinking + Social Media can be lethal. Unless you’re a shiftworker who does unsociable hours, avoid commenting when you’ve had a few and are tired. Those rants/nasty comments left on blogs after midnight just make you look silly, bitter and sad.
4. Twitter is great for interacting with celebrities, but tweeting them links to your blog = pointless. Trust me, they’re not interested. Worse still is tweeting the same link to endless celebrities. That’s just toe-curling.
5. Pick your battles. Avoid @-ing someone with a negative comment unless the circumstances are really extreme/you feel really strongly about something (and referring to someone as ‘she’ or ‘he’ and @-ing them in the same tweet just makes you look like a bully). Unfortunately Twitter is a microcosm of society, and that means it does attract some people with a playground mentality. In those instances, the block button is your best friend.