Everyone who owns a social media account of any kind knows that there is always a list of “Dos and don’ts” for its users. This list is usually just a social norm people expect you to understand and learn, but don’t actually teach you. That, of course, is why we’ve stepped in to help.
One could argue that Twitter is simultaneously among the best and worst creations of all time. However you feel about the platform, here’s how to successfully run a Twitter account:
Get to the Point
As the great Kevin Malone of The Office once said, “Why say lot word when few word do trick.”
The shorter the tweet, the more likely people are to pay attention to it and engage with it. Don’t type in a paragraph what can be summarized in a sentence.
You’re Not Cool
Go ahead and assume you’re not important. If you go on Twitter and act self-righteous and better than everyone, people will put you in your place. The platform is known for its trolling and ratios. Don’t act like you are someone special––chances are you’re not.
Don’t Steal Tweets
Think a tweet is important or funny? The retweet button exists for this very reason. If you copy and paste, everyone on Twitter has the right to assume that you’re unoriginal and have an underwhelming personality.
Know your Meme
There is always a new meme or funny format to spark creativity, but definitely pay attention to when it dies and then move on. Nobody wants to see the same tweet five hundred times, so if you’re using an old format, it better be the best joke anyone has ever tweeted. Trust us––it won’t be.
Don’t Be Creepy
Think a girl or guy is cute? Great. Lots of people meet on social media nowadays. This isn’t an excuse to dm someone every day and respond to all their tweets. Definitely DON’T tell her that you have her post notifications on. If they don’t respond or aren’t showing interest, leave them alone.
Don’t abuse the Quote Tweet
Don’t be the person to quote tweet someone’s tweet, whatever the reason, unless prompted to respond, with one or two words that just reaffirm the post. Just retweet the aforementioned tweet and give that person the recognition for tweeting it first.
Threaded Conversations, save the notifications:
If someone sees a convo and wants to interject one point, that’s fine, but if they are not responding, untag them in the replies, no one needs all those tweets in their mentions when they are finished with the conversation.
First of all, what is a subtweet? Short for “subliminal tweet”, Merriam-Webster defines subtweet as “a usually mocking or critical tweet that alludes to another Twitter user without including a link to the user’s account and often without directly mentioning the user’s name.”
Remember that airing your dirty laundry on Twitter is never a good move. A petty, self-fulfilling move like this is really just a form of gaslighting by the tweeter who, when confronted, just claims the tweet is a general statement. If you have a problem with someone, just message them privately. Don’t be a drama queen.
Don’t be afraid to mute:
Don’t waste your energy on people who drive you nuts, or never contribute anything positive to your feed. Muting someone will allow you to remove that person from your feed and avoid any conflicts.
Put the guns away, chief:
Much like the gym, nobody really enjoys someone who spends their whole time flexing. There are things to legitimately share as they are actual accomplishments, such as personal news, career advancements, life goals. However, there are some things that do not belong on social media and are just blatant bragging. Use your judgment.
Know when to stop an argument:
Let’s face it. While Twitter is great for having thoughtful and respectful discussions, people take it too far. If you find yourself in any sort of disagreement, it’s fine to go back and forth for a while, but know when to stop. You are not going to change their mind and they are not going to change yours. Save yourself the rise in blood pressure, mute the conversation and move on.
Know How to Detect a Troll:
First of all, do not feel the need to respond to every reply or mention that you receive. You are not obligated to, especially if they are a troll. If they don’t have a profile picture, tweet like a fifth-grader, or use a lot of hashtags and don’t make much sense, just assume they’re a troll and move on. More likely than not, they are, and it’s a waste of your time.
Stop with the #hashtags:
The ONLY acceptable time to use a hashtag is when there is a trending topic that you want to share your thoughts about (ie #Grammys, #Election2020, etc). Never use more than one hashtag in a tweet and never hashtag random words that aren’t on the trending page. Also, having multiple hashtags in a tweet makes it look like spam. No one likes spam.
The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.