I have introduced a new word to the whole social networking language. Twitteritation. It means...Irritation with Twitter. In any form. Feel free to pass the word along. Let me explain why Twitteritation came to be......
Remember when I spoke about the endless different "rules" for blogs? Well there are rules in Twitter too, though they are hardly discussed as much as blogging and querying. My issue with the implied rules of Twitter is that common sense seems to have dropped out of the running. This is causing my Twitteritation.
When we use Twitter, anything that is NOT a Direct Message is broadcasted to all of your followers. Then if your followers want to "re-tweet" anything, it's up there for their followers and eventually, you see how this can become a cycle and LOTS of people are seeing your tweet. It can be helpful for promotion. One of the things I love about Twitter.
What I don't like is when a person might reply to something they see another person tweet and then suddenly, they're gone. Like...forever gone. I understand that Twitter is a quick conversational type of social networking without the distractions of games/apps or whatever. Therefore, there are plenty of times I say whatever I want to or need to say (which isn't usually mind blowing) and then go back to my writing/blogging/procrastinating. But, when I check back, if I see someone has replied to my tweet, I reply to them again. I don't want to be a snob. It's sort of the equivalent of someone telling you "I love your dress." and then you walk away without ever saying anything back. Not even Thank You.
I also don't like the endless conversations between two people that have nothing to do with writing and so I see twenty million tweets about something I couldn't possibly understand. So...do I want replies or not? LOL I sound awful grouchy. But here's the problem. I don't want an endless conversation with you that takes place like a chat room. I just want courteousness and respect. And if I compliment you...or suggest others follow you because of your sense of humor (due to a tweet I saw) at least send me a tweet with a smile. Or...something. Ya know? Oh..and I'm not using YOU as in my cool kids. :0) To my knowledge none of you have done that.
So, remember that people are watching Twitter just as much as they watch blogs. Be polite. At the very least.