Trick or Tweet: Top 8 Twitter Pet Peeves

Are you guilty of committing a Twitter faux pas? From typos in bios to automated direct messages, these are the gruesome Twitter pet peeves that could irk your profile visitors—and cost you followers.

1. Automated Direct Messages

“Thanks for the follow. Let’s figure out how to work together!”

“Nice to meet you. I offer social media consulting services. Hit me up if you have any questions.”

I could go on and on about the annoying, automated direct messages I get every day (and I’m sure you could, too). If you have these set up, please turn them off. They are rude, irrelevant, and oh-so-obviously automated.

2. Typos in Twitter Bios

If you’re a type A personality like me, typos probably get under your skin. While I can forgive the occasional typo in a tweet, email, or text message (we all get incorrectly auto-corrected on our iPhones, right?), nothing’s worse than a permanent typo in a Twitter bio. All too often, I notice people misuse hyphens, overuse exclamation points, or worse—misspell words—in their Twitter bios. Please, if you only proofread one thing, proofread your Twitter bio. Copy and paste it into Microsoft Word. Have your coworker review it. Whatever you need to do, don’t let typos happen in your bio. It’s a pretty permanent piece of your online presence.

3. Sexy Auto Bots

Ah, yes. The sexy auto bot. Easily identifiable as a profile with a stock photo, bikini-clad young woman and thousands of auto-generated followers but only a few tweets. I cringe every time another young woman in a bikini starts following me.

4. Hacker Automated Direct Messages

Not to be confused with automated direct messages trying to sell me social media consulting services, the hacker auto DM is in a league of its own. No, I don’t want to see the video I was in or the blog where people were talking about me—thank you very much.

5. People Who Use Bots to Get More Followers

These guys are easy to identify. They usually have tweeted less than 50 times and are always promoting links to “systems” that will make you a “millionaire in 30 days.” But somehow, magically, they have over 10,000 followers (and are only on a few lists, too). They tend to identify themselves as “social media experts” with “proven systems for generating links and money” and claim they’re “living the dream.” Guys, give it up. You’re not fooling me—I know you’re full of it, and I’m not going to follow you back.

6. Anyone Who Calls Themselves a Social Media Expert

The people that call themselves “social media experts” are usually the ones that use bots to generate more followers and have auto direct messages set up. Enough said.

twitter profile photo7. People Without Profile Pictures

Is your profile picture still the unhatched egg? If so, we all just assume you don’t exist or are too clueless to figure out how to upload a profile picture. Or both.

8. Automated Direct Messages That Sound Like Pick-Up Lines

Ann Handley forwarded me an automated direct message she received that said, “Lets Take This Beyond 140 Characters and Connect on Facebook as well … ” Creepy, much? Oh, yeah, notice the typo in the message, too. For the love of all things awesome on Twitter, please stop the automated direct message spam.

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