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Twitter etiquette – Twittiquette?

October 25, 2010

Hello citizens of the Interwebs…

Miss Manners is calling!

I’m genuinely interested in what people think about the following…

Does Twitter etiquette dictate that you must acknowledge follows?

…with a DM?

…with an auto-DM?

…at all?

Nothing annoys me like the reply email (especially the dreaded “reply-all”) email that says “Thanks!” and nothing but.  I kind of feel that way about Twitter too, but maybe I’m just too cold and callous.  What do you think?  What else about Twittiquette do you feel is a must/must not do?

6 Comments leave one →
  1. October 25, 2010 3:09 pm

    I do not think that a random follow requires a “thank you” or any sort of acknowledgement.
    But if someone follows me because we were just on a conference call or webinar together, or I met them at a conference or other F2F event, then, yes, I do acknowledge (and follow back).

  2. October 25, 2010 3:49 pm

    Barbara, I think that’s a great rule of thumb. I’m getting bombarded by auto follows and it’s leaving me a bit icked out.

  3. October 25, 2010 4:16 pm

    I agree with Barbara. At least half the follows I get (and it’s not a big number overall) are from people I’ve never ever met (e.g. they may be interested in soccer and found me on a list, or maybe…just spammers). Those folks don’t get a peep from me.

    If I’ve met them, however, even if it was just for a moment, then they get a follow back. DMs I usually save for someone I know fairly well.

    So, short answer: the response is commensurate with my relationship to the person.

  4. October 25, 2010 9:20 pm

    I’ve turned off notifications of new followers, so I have no idea how many autofollowers or junk followers I have. I don’t really pay attention, though I’ll glance at the number if I visit the Twitter home page for some reason instead of using Tweetdeck. So, basically I don’t acknowledge anyone! I bet that makes me really popular 🙂

  5. October 26, 2010 10:07 am

    Never an auto DM, never never never never. That results in an unfollow from most of the people I know. I usually don’t do anything, unless it’s somebody I’m totally shocked has started following me, and I feel I need to say something.

  6. Karen Hobbs permalink
    October 27, 2010 10:39 am

    ……has a lot to say about the do’s and don’ts of twittering.
    Personally, I like the advice about self publicity and banality! Life is too short for Fbooking…let alone reading others opinions about minutiae!

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