Far be it for me to assume that I’m the expert on this topic. However, my dear friend Ava requested that I write such a post. For her sake, here goes.
Reply to @ tweets
When someone tweets you directly, reply, when possible. If they are not spamming you, it’s always a good idea to show courtesy and professionalism. You might just make a new friend, who will refer you to others or introduce you to additional colleagues or supporters.
Don’t spam people
If you tweet someone, telling them to visit your site or to buy from you, this is spam. It’s fine to tweet from your own stream, inviting others to visit your site. Like this: “Have you stopped by our site lately? We offer xyz. Hope to see you there soon!” However, do not include a name in those tweets. Like this: “Hey @mommyperks! Visit my site and tell others about me, too! Thanks so much!” (This is spam)
Don’t send spammy Direct Messages to people. It’s annoying to those of us who receive hundreds of them every week. We just ignore them, anyway.
If someone does something nice for you, say thanks. If you don’t like to thank people, individually, thank people in a group. I often see tweeps do this: “Thanks for the RT’s this week!” Then they list ten people in that one tweet, as a group. I, myself, usually thank people individually. It doesn’t matter, though. Either way is fine.
If someone retweets you, consider retweeting them, also. I don’t always do this. It just depends on the person’s stream and what they chat about.
If you’re on twitter simply to spew angry tweets, find a support group instead.
Mix it up
Try to tweet some of your own content, along with retweets. If your entire wall is full of retweets, it will appear to readers that you are not able to come up with your own content, thoughts or inputs.
Follow me back!
Don’t tweet people saying, “I just followed you! Follow me back, please.” Follow people because you want to and hope they follow you back. You can also engage with them, after following: “Hey! It’s great to meet you. I checked out your site and love it. I really enjoyed your post about xyz.” That will put you on their radar in a more polite way.
Nut’n but sales
It’s annoying to everyone around you if you tweet sales all day long. “Buy now!” “10% off!” “Buy one, get one free!” “GET IT NOW!” Add more to the conversation than this. Build value.
This should go without saying but let’s say it anyhow. Be kind, thoughtful, polite and respectful of others. Refrain from flaming people or blasting people who disagree with you. Just as you have a right to your opinions, so does the next person. Don’t attempt to force everyone to agree with you; it’s obnoxious. Furthermore, it would annoy you to have someone tweet, “You should think MY way!” You’d likely tell them to bugger off.