Tweeting every little detail of your life is a great way to make your followers lose interest in you.
“Ordering pizza lolz!” or “Need to scratch my foot” or just plain “lol!!!” with no further clarification. How many times have you seen tweets like these? My feed is loaded with them, and most of them have no context whatsoever.
Today, in part 6 of my 10-part series on Using Twitter Effectively we’ll cover the sort of things you probably shouldn’t share with the world.
This series was originally written over a 10-day period in 2013. I’ve included relevant updates throughout the series as Twitter changed policies and procedures. Please be aware that I may not have caught all of the changes. If you find such a change that isn’t captured in this series, please leave a comment with the new Twitter policy, and I’ll update the series accordingly. Cheers!
The Details Only You Care About
You may have to go to the bathroom really…really…bad. But do you need to share that fact with the world? Consider the following series of tweets I pulled out of my feed just for this occasion:
“BRB tweeps! Nature calls!”
“Still walking to bathroom. Big house.” (about 3 seconds after the first Tweet)
“Finally in bathroom LOLZ!!!” (another second or two later)
“Just flushed!” (<— ok, I added this one for emphasis)
“Damn, no soap.”
“Ok! What were we talking about?”
Or this one:
“Making a sandwich.”
“Had to use white bread. Ran out of wheat.”
“Need to buy more wheat bread tomorrow.”
Well, that’s just…interesting? No…no it isn’t.
To be fair, it may very well be interesting given a proper context. You and your followers may have a running gag about wheat bread. In that case, the sandwich comments are probably hilarious! My point is that these sorts of things often happen without any other purpose than the writer wanting to hear his/her own voice.
Remember: As a writer (or any other kind of artist, for that matter), you are your brand. Again, I’m not suggesting you censor yourself. What I’m suggesting is that your followers probably follow you for a specific reason…and it’s doubtful that reason has something to do with your extreme sandwich-making skills or prowess with toilet fixtures.
Are the above examples some kind of mortal sin? If the vast majority of your Tweets are of this nature, then yes…if you’re attempting to establish a writing platform.
“Up now. Going to make coffee. Then going to work.”
The first reads like a to-do list. The latter reveals some of your character, and may in fact be interesting to your followers. It’s not about the “facts” of your morning routine. It’s about your attitude toward it, and your attitude about what you do is far more interesting than what you’re doing.
Twitter is NOT Your Diary
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