Since the mass exodus from Facebook to Twitter, people are using the newer social networking site for everything — except its original purpose. Twitter’s official blog states the program is a “real-time information network that connects you to the latest information about what you find interesting.” From unsolicited political and pop culture commentary to tasteless jokes and therapy sessions, Twitter has become a platform for any and everyone to express themselves, and maybe that’s what makes it so much fun. If you’re an avid user (see your average tweets per day at How Often Do You Tweet), you’re probably either happily informed or highly annoyed by your Twitter family.
There’s the unspoken Twitter rule: Unfollow anyone whose timeline runs afoul with your beliefs, theories or general mood. Have you been on the chopping block? Keep reading and check your timeline.
1. Real-Time Tweets
With iPhones tracking user locations, now’s a great time to think before you tweet your whereabouts. Do your followers really need to know what you ate for breakfast, lunch and dinner, along with your work schedule? There’s also the idea that if you’re tweeting what you’re about to do, you’re taking away from the time you could actually be doing those things. In a post on AllTwitter.com entitled “Those Who Can, Do, Those Who Can’t, Tweet About It,” writer Shea Bennett says, “If you’re supposed to be watching a baseball game but instead you’re tweeting about watching the baseball game, then you’re not really doing anything. Instead you’re in some strange, post-modern kind of limbo, caught between the actual and the re-actual.”
So, you had a fabulous dinner and now you’re about to chill on your sofa? Do it, don’t tweet it because your followers probably don’t care anyway.
2. Negativity Nancy
It’s Monday and you’d rather climb a hill in roller skates than be at work. Maybe you just broke up with your significant other and you’re hurt, either way tweeting negative thoughts won’t change the situation. And while you might garner some support from a few followers, chances are, if your tweets reek of sadness, most people find you annoying. Talk to a friend, not group of people on the World Wide Web. Twitter is not your therapist.
3. Photo Overload
Who doesn’t like a little spotlight every once in a while? A special night on the town with buddies or a spontaneous shot capturing loved ones in action is one thing, but bathroom pictures around the clock are bit excessive, no? Lay off the self-portraits, we know what you look like.
There’s nothing wrong with educating people, however bashing others is unnecessary and obnoxious. In #sadbuttrue news, some people actually thrive on others’ ignorance, misinformation or differences of opinion on Twitter and the bullying doesn’t stop there. It includes, but is not limited to, beefing with followers you know personally — and those you don’t — subliminal tweeting and sharing outrageous tweets for shock value at the expense of a gender, race, ethnicity, religion or belief. Do your followers a favor, get over yourself.
Since Twitter’s about sharing information, maybe you should actually tweet instead of reading everyone else’s 140 characters. If your profile page is full of retweets, it’s clear you may share someone else’s views, but where are yours? Trust me, your followers know who’s on Twitter to join the party and who’s just nosey. Everyone has something worthy of tweeting, so in the words of Drake, “I just need you to say something, baby!”
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