Just to be clear, as with my Instagram post, this isn’t a list of “rules”, or anything like it: as I said before, the beauty of social media is that it can be anything you want it to be, so I’m not trying to change the world (or the internet) one complaint at a time here, I’m just … well, I’m just complaining for the sheer hell of it, really. I do that sometimes. I’m sorry. Anyway, on that note, here’s why I unfollowed you on Twitter*…
(*Not YOU, obviously: I would NEVER unfollow YOU.)
You use auto DMs
You know those completely impersonal “thank you for following” messages you sometimes get when you follow someone on Twitter? Those messages that normally also include a list of instructions to now follow the person on all their other channels, too? I don’t ALWAYS unfollow when I get one of those, because if I followed you in the first place, chances are I’m interested in what you have to say, but I do find them really off-putting, and if they’re too demanding, they do sometimes prompt a swift unfollow. I mean, no one really likes being TOLD to follow someone, and if I’ve just followed you on Twitter, then telling me to now ALSO follow you on Facebook, Instagram, Bloglovin’, LinkedIn and God knows what other networks you’re in is a BIT much, no? It’s like giving someone a gift and having them say, “Thanks! Now give me five other gifts! And read my blog! And comment on it!” I particularly dislike the ones which say something like, “Thanks for the follow: check out my blog !” To which I always just want to reply, “No, YOU check out MY blog!” Because I am a child, obviously.
You live-tweet TV shows
Even if I like the TV show you’re tweeting about, I’m STILL not going to want to scroll through your 15 million updates about it, seriously. And if I DON’T watch the TV show? Or I watch it at a different time from you? Well, now my feed is flooded with comments like, “I can’t believe that just happened!” and “Why did she just do that?!” and sorry, what? Oh, and also: SPOILERS. I said this in the comments of my Instagram post, but I think my issue is that I just don’t “get” live-tweeting. Like, I can’t imagine sitting down to watch my favourite show, getting all relaxed, then saying, “Right, let me just get out my phone and spend the next hour with one eye on the TV and the other on Twitter, constantly posting updates, then responding to people’s responses, then responding to people’s responses to my responses to their responses…” AAARGH! Easy way to turn something relaxing into something that feels like work, I guess?
Or sports games
Actually, pretty much ANY talk about sports will end in an unfollow from me, unless I really, REALLY like you…
You’re constantly trying to sell me something
I know people use Twitter to promote whatever it is they’re selling, and that’s fine: I use it to promote my blog, so I can hardly complain about other people doing the same thing. What I really hate is being specifically targeted – like, I tweet something about shoes, and someone responds with, “Sounds like you need our new heel grips – check them out here!” Er, sounds like YOU need to learn how not to sound like a spammer! Also: NO.
You use direct messages to contact me about something you could have emailed me about
This is a pet hate, but lately I’ve had quite a few people contact me with a question about something, and, rather than sending me an email, they’ve chosen to contact me on Twitter instead, and because of the character limit, they’ve had to split what should have been a simple question into 35 separate messages – which I then have to respond to in a similar way. I have NO idea why people think this is convenient, and maybe it is for them (I know Twitter is getting rid of the character limit soon, which will make it easier, but I’ll still always prefer email) but it’s really inconvenient for me, so I’ll quite possibly unfollow you, so you can’t do it again. Speaking of which…
You ask me to follow you so you can send me a DM
You know, that’s a really clever way way to get people to follow you, but no. Did you know you can send me an email without having to ask me to follow you first? So when you refuse to do that, I assume you’re just trying to force me to follow you – or you’re about to send me 72 separate messages in order to ask me something. Either way, NO.
(Er, I obviously can’t unfollow you for this, because I wasn’t following you in the first place. And I still won’t be, just FYI.)
You have the same auto-tweets set to repeat constantly
Look, I get it: Twitter is great for self-promotion. I mean, I’m a blogger, I use it to promote my posts too, and I use Buffer to schedule tweets to older posts, so they don’t end up just dying a slow, lonely death, lost in the dusty archives of my blog. So, honestly, I can’t really complain about other people using Twitter for self-promotion, and most of the time it doesn’t really bother me to see you tweeting the same link a few times over – if you DON’T do it, then a large part of your audience are going to totally miss that tweet, after all, and well, girl’s gotta hustle, basically. What I DO hate, though, is when people have an auto-tweet set to go out several times a day, and it’s just the same exact thing, over and over again: the ones I see are normally something to do with Bloglovin’, but I also see people promoting their blogs by posting the same tweet every hour, on the hour, to the point where it feels like every single time I look at Twitter, that person is parroting the same thing. It’s too much, people. At least word it slightly differently if you’re going to post the same thing every single hour!
But enough about me. What are your pet peeves about Twitter?[Er, P.S. – don’t forget to follow me on Twitter! Even although I’m at least twice as annoying as anyone else over there!]