I’m not out to get anybody, in fact I’m very interested to know if these, to me, highly annoying methods work. I am not a social media queen like Katy Perry with 82+ million followers on Twitter. I just enjoy meeting real people and having real conversations, all though that is rare it does happen.
There are some habits though that usually occur in the inbox, that I can’t wrap my mind around. I would love to get your feedback on these. And please if you use any of the methods below, I would love to hear if they actually work.
They are annoying yes, but they must work to some degree, since people are still doing it. So please after you read through the post, leave a comment and share your experience.
Help me understand why some still use these…
4 Highly Annoying Habits on Twitter
1. A Sales Pitch Before Even Saying Hello,
Does it really work sending out an automated message saying, “buy this product” or even, “get my free gift”?
We all know that, that free gift will be followed by an offer, right. So do people buy or even sign up for free offers when given at the first contact, sometimes even without a hello.
To me it’s much more effective to try to build a relationship, to engage with my followers. If I see that my follower, after having a discussion with him or her, could benefit from a post I wrote, then sure I will send a link to that.
But, does the sales pitch before even saying Hello work?
2. Follow Me on…
If somebody does not want to engage on Twitter fine. But unless you are Brad Pitt, David Beckham or Gary Vaynerchuck I will not follow you on Facebook, Instagram or Linked In, if you ask me in your first private message, without any prior engagement.
Does that work? Do people jump off Twitter to interact with a person that they just met, who they have no relationship with, on another platform?
I can see that this might work if I’m growing my followers actively somewhere else… maybe.
If I get the chance to have a conversation, if I get the chance to see a couple of tweets then sure, if I enjoy the content, I might follow the person elsewhere.
For me I’m looking for quality, for relevant followers that I have things in common with. Not just to rank up my followers number.
Does this work? Do people follow on other platforms if that is the first thing asked to do?
3. Asking to Retweet or Like or Sign Up or…
I don’t know it just doesn’t sit right with me if the first thing somebody does is asking me to do something for them. Go retweet this post or sign up here…
If this is the first message, if we have had no prior engagement, I will probably not retweet the post or sign up for anything. Unless the cause is very very noble, although that is very rare.
I have found it to be very effective though to say “thank you” to the people that do retweet my content. They seem to retweet again. Also to retweet other peoples content that I find useful, without expecting anything back, seem to work well.
But, does it work, when retweet is the first thing you are asked to do?
4. The Follow Unfollow Game
It is very clear who plays this game when you use a tool like Crowdfire or Buffer for example. With social media tools like that you can see who follows and unfollows.
I see nothing wrong with unfollowing people you don’t have things in common with or you do not like what they post. But putting it into a system is just a waste of time.
If you follow me, I follow you, but YOU unfollow just to get the follow number down for yourself… I will unfollow you as well… See how that goes why follow me in the first place. Stop wasting time.
Sure not everybody will be using a tool and check this, I just don’t see the benefit.
What does it proof if you have a lot of followers but are following a few when you play the follow unfollow game?
I am truly interested why people do this.
I love Twitter when I can meet like minded people, have real conversations and engage with people that enjoy similar things I do. Some annoying habits going on there, sure, but overall it’s a great platform to interact with others.
What do you think? Do you find these things annoying? Do you find them effective?
If you use them, how do they benefit you or your business?
Would love to hear from you as always,
Have a productive day,