What NOT to Do on Twitter

Twitter is a great way to get the word out about your business. When those 140 characters are used correctly they not only help you sell your products listed on eBay and Amazon, but they can establish you as a major presence on the Internet. When Twitter is used incorrectly, however, you may establish a presence – but one that people want to avoid. While you may disagree, here are some common Twitter pet peeves and things to keep in mind when Tweeting.    

Ignoring Your Mentions and Direct Mentions

While you may not have time to answer everyone immediately when they have kindly mentioned you in a tweet or sent a direct mention, you should always make an effort to respond even if you can’t do it right away. A late response is better than no response at all. If you’re ignoring the people who comment when you tweet something, make a point to engage them, even if it is just to thank them for responding to you.

Sending Out Links Without Explaining Where The Links Go

Because of the risk of viruses or phishing scams, unless there is a description of the link and where it goes it’s likely most of your followers won’t click it, especially if you’ve only just “met”. Always try to include a brief description of the link you’re tweeting. This not only assures everyone that it’s something they actually want to see, but let’s them know that it’s really from you and not a hacker.

Not Thanking Followers for Retweets

Retweeting someone’s tweet is doing a favor for them. You may want to help your followers by retweeting their “for sale” items, but if they never thank you for doing so, you probably won’t be as keen to continue. You don’t need to go overboard and thank someone every time they retweet something, but you should occasionally show some appreciation for what they did for you.

Over Using #Hashtags

Hashtags are great when they’re used properly. For example, when you’re at a conference and you want to know what other people are saying, you probably look for hashtags. Hashtags can be overused, however, which can make them less effective, so it’s probably best to ere on the side of caution when using them. Make sure to Reread your tweet before you send it out and make sure that it actually makes sense. Sometimes too many hashtags just make a tweet confusing. Ask yourself if you would understand what you wrote if you read it for the first time. In the case of hashtags, sometimes less is more.

This guest post was contributed by Kat Simpson. Kat is a trusted eCommerce author, speaker, educator, and entrepreneur. Kat Simpson has been a successful eCommerce merchant for over 10 years; is an eBay Education Specialist and Gold Level PowerSeller, as well as a successful Amazon merchant. Currently Kat is the hosts the popular weekly eCommerce Podcast That Kat Radio and an active Facebook Group ThatKat.

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