There was a reporter in the US last year who used twitter to provide live event coverage of a child’s funeral. Yep. Seriously.
Then there was the patient tweeting live during kidney surgery. The question “why?” comes to mind.
And I’m sure we’ve seen swearing and other “stuff” which I place in the broad ‘not-too-flash’ category.
Just because you can share something with the world, doesn’t mean you should! I stick by the philosophy of the 3 E’s: empower, enable and equip. If something I write doesn’t fit that mantra, it’s gone! There are some comments that I know the intended person would interpret one way however the many others who are also likely to read it may view it entirely differently – these too are gone from the public domain!
Bearing this in mind, I’ve put together my Top 5 Twitter Tips – these will keep your tweeps happy (remember happy tweeps means a happy you!)…
- Think about your mum (and not just on the 2nd Sunday in May). If your mum would approve of your tweets, then at least it’s passed the first filter.
- Twitter is a tool – nothing more, nothing less. Tools are used to build things so ensure you’re building up, not tearing down.
- Angry, upset, disappointed? Wait… don’t post your negative emotional response to a situation. Wait a few minutes, an hour, a day (does it really need to be shared?)… Remember, once it’s out there, you can’t bring it back.
- Be deliberate about what you tweet. Be intentional. Some randomness is fine, even funny, too much is just plain weird.
- Retweet the good stuff (like this blog!) & unfollow the rubbish. However, retweeting glowing stuff about yourself is decidedly uncool. Empowering, enabling or equipping someone else – awesome!
Let Hope Rise.