Despite the common knowledge that quite a lot of us LOVE the little bird known as Twitter, I have decided to give people a few tips. When asked about how to get started in the blogging world I always, always, always say Twitter. And I will continue doing so. Not including other bits and pieces, twitter was how I really got into the blogging community. I joined in with one twitter chat once I made an account, and I just remember meeting SO MANY new people! I think most of my bloggy friends were made on Twitter, if I'm honest- and they're all brilliant!!
You may remember my first post about Twitter from last week, where I just included some tips on getting started. However, today, I have the contributions of some lovely twitter people to help me give you some tips on Twitter etiquette!
One of the general pieces of advice for any kind of social media is that, just because you're sitting behind a screen, it doesn't give you an excuse to suddenly be mean. Words can hurt, whether they're spoken or written. Just ask anyone. Orli puts it extremely well:
@WeavingPages If you wouldn't say something to someone normally, don't say it on Twitter - words hurt people either way :/You're on Twitter to share your thoughts and to have fun! Being the person who is always putting other down won't make your experience fun, so make sure you try to be nice. That doesn't mean you constantly have to be so kind it gets to the point it's fake, just be conscious of other's feelings and you'll get along great!
— Orli XD (@BlameBookshelf) January 25, 2015
Fi's piece of advice kind of goes hand in hand with what I said too:
@WeavingPages Don't worry about appearances a.k.a. don't try to script your tweets, no one cares! Have fun! :)Everyone wants to know you, not whatever image you're trying to get across. Be yourself! If others don't like that, it's their loss. The people that matter are those who love you enough to tolerate your slight craziness. (THANKS GUYS! *HUGS*)
— Books for Birds (@CrazyCrunchies) January 25, 2015
Of course, if everyone's acting like they do in real life, things aren't always going to be rainbows and unicorns. And that's okay. People get frustrated, things happen, and it's not always intentional. So take Elicia's advice:
@WeavingPages Try not to overthink about a tweet that may or may not relate to you. It only makes matters worseJust move on. Sometimes it's for the best. I personally tend to not wade into conflicts, although sometimes I do have things to say on a issue (ones that aren't between people!!) and I'll speak out. But you have to learn to judge situations. Subtweeting happens sometimes and, even if it's about you, a lot of us just choose to leave it alone. Nothing good comes out of conflict- trust me. What Valery tweets applies to the situation very well, I think!
— Elicia Cheah (@EliciaCheah) January 25, 2015
@BlameBookshelf @WeavingPages "Seeing a stranger share an opinion in a public place isn't necessarily an invitation to challenge them on it"So you know: think before you tweet! Arianne also had a lovely piece of advice:
— Valéry Blue (@Valeryinblack) January 25, 2015
@WeavingPages But even when not talking bookish tweets, remember to be professional (though never be afraid to have fun and fangirl, too!)Basically, be nice, kind, be crazy, have fun, be you.
— Arianne (@Ariannebooklove) January 25, 2015
Hope you enjoyed this little piece of advice- but remember, these are just tips! They are completely susceptible to a lot of things!