|Fail whale moments for freelancers.|
What writer doesn't look back on their first few days of tweets and cringe? I sure do. Here's a chance to look back and laugh at the mistakes we made before getting the hang of the Twitterverse. For new tweeps, take this as an opportunity to shorten your learning curve.
*Infographic after the article.
5. Irrelevance & Obscurity
Twitter isn't the social network to go to the artsy outfield. If you aren't tweeting something relevant or current, you aren't going to be relevant to the medium. Attention spans are short and no one is going to follow your storyline 140 characters at a time. There could be 50 tweets in between each one. Who could keep up with that? So save your novel excerpts for your blog or website, where they'll be
Unless your name is Justin Bieber, Ashton Krutcher, Barack Obama, Lady Gaga, Alyssa Milano or any other celeb with millions of followers, Twitter isn't the place to indulge your ego. And you know what? Even those listed show a little humility in their tweets. People want to interact, not take decrees of opinion from some obscure writer on an ego trip.
Twitter only allows 140 characters to get your thoughts out, but you really have less than that, if you want to leave room for people to respond. Think and tweet in headlines, not in-depth stories. Many writers go over the allotted character limit, making their tweets nonsensical when these get cut off. Plus, this breaks your links, which is frustrating.
2. OD on Hashtags
If you are using more than a few hashtags per tweet (or hashtags in every tweet) you look like a spam bot. You don't have to reach the whole world in one message. Keep it simple and, for goodness sake, human.
1. Dissing Clients
Nothing, I repeat, nothing good will come from trashing a client on Twitter. It doesn't matter if they haven't paid you, are being too needy or whatever the annoyance is. If they are a current client who pays, they will drop you. Bad client you're tossing? Doesn't matter. Some potential client will find that tweet and never hire someone so unprofessional. It's Twitter Karma--only put good thoughts out there concerning clients.
What are the biggest mistakes you have seen writers make on Twitter?
Infogaphic credit: Tamara McRill