Twitter bitch: 10 annoying things about Twitter when you’re a blogger

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Twitter has to be hands down my favourite social media channel. We have really become best buds. But like with most people who you spend way too much time with, sooner or later, there are going to be things about them that irk you. Yup, though I have a whole lot of love for Twitter, sometimes I really just want to bitch about it behind its back. Thus, here are my 10 most annoying things about Twitter:

1. You vow to spend an hour hammering your blog only to get sucked into the T-hole. Noooooo!

2.You don’t check your Twitter for a day and almost have a heart attack when you see the number of notifications. How can this be???!

3. People who send you “Hi, thanks for following me, check out my blog” automatic messages. Sorry but nobody likes these or actually bothers to check out your blog from reading it. Please. Just. Stop.

4. People who purely like your Tweets just to get their stupid corporate names in front of your face when they have a supremely tenuous link to your content. Stop trying to freeload!

5. People who have never retweeted a single tweet of yours despite you retweeting countless of theirs. Come on man, show the reciprocal love!

6. The last thing you want to do before you switch off at night is….check your Twitter! So wrong, and a sure fire way of not being able to hit the sack peacefully. Must. Put. The. Phone. Down.

7. There is no such thing as a Twitter holiday. Twitter is like one big godforesaken hamster wheel that you can’t ever get off because nobody else does either! Can we all just agree to join hands and hit the pause button sometime in the near future?

8. People who retweet you without so much as taking a peep at the link included in your tweet. OK thanks for the RT, but do you actually have an idea what that post was about?

9. People who follow you, then unfollow you, then follow you, then unfollow you – please stop! You make me feel like I’m having my own personal Groundhog Day.

10. Follow me back freaks. Seriously, it’s a free world and we can follow who we like. Just because you follow someone (or thousands of people for that matter!), doesn’t mean they have to follow you back…so shoot me Twitter etiquette-schmetiquette.

What else would you add to this bitch list?

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  1. Yes to all of these but especially the last two. If I haven’t followed you back by the second time you’ve followed me, it’s never going to happen! And all those follow-you-back merchants just look like game-players desperate to build their following. I don’t think I’ve ever followed back a ‘follow-you-back’.

    • Good for you Tim. Also, I find it gets to the point when it becomes impossible to reciprocate following back anyway because you simply lose track… so basically, just follow who you want to follow, don’t feel obliged, and that’s good enough for me because since when did it all have to become to complicated anyway…it’s only social media after all 😉

  2. Ahh yes, however for me the mute function and its effectiveness far outweigh the negatives. People can’t pee me off if I can’t see them 😉
    The fake friends too..,those that breeze into your feed like a whirlwind of love and retweets, until they spot a bigger/better/different blogger who they think will further them more.
    I too love Twitter the most, mustn’t complain really – I’ve made some great friends on there. 🙂

  3. 3) the only thing an automatic thank you message does is make sure I DONT check out their blog

    7) LMAO as I’m erm on day 1 of my blog break. Look how well that’s working out…I saw this post link on your Twitter wall ahem!

    9) OMG why won’t they grow up / make their mind up?

    10) yep winds me up no end. Wouldn’t dawn on me to TELL people to follow me.

    You made me laugh as always.

  4. I haven’t been on Twitter long and am still getting used to it but i have already had the ones who expect me to follow them back. Glad to know I’m not the only one skipping on the follow me sign. Thanks for sharing on #wineandboobs

  5. Gosh I didn’t realise the automatic message was so annoying I thought it was just etiquette. My apologies to all those people I’ve annoyed. New blogger error! My worst problem though is 6. I blame Twitter for my insomnia.

  6. AH! I just found your blog through #wineandboobs. I LOVE your humor and honesty. This reminds me of an e-card I just sent my best friend – “We can only be friends if you are kind of a bitch. Not a full blown bitch, because that’s no fun. And, if you’re not a bitch at all, that won’t work either: A halfway bitch. Those are my kind of people.” See, twitter has to be a bit of a bitch, or you wouldn’t love it so… 🙂

  7. My personal Twitter gripe are the MLM spammers. No, I have no interest whatsoever in your scammy pyramid marketing scheme. Go away. But I do love Twitter. I luffs it. Even that time, when I woke up and thought I’d gained 1000 followers overnight. I got very excited. I was going to tweet about it. Then I realised I was looking at the number of tweets I’d done. Doh. That’s what happens when I check my Twitter feed before I have coffee in the morning. #wineandboobs

      • Multi-level marketing, so any company where the money is brought in not so much from selling the product, but from recruiting people to sell the product. As for the followers thing, I felt like a right pillock. Thank god I didn’t tweet about it but I came so close. To make matters worse I mistook my Following page for me Followers page, so I was like ‘OMG, that big name author that I recently followed has followed me back. Wow, how awesome am I?’ Err, not very is the answer to that.

  8. Oh I agree with these so much but especially number 3!!! Those are so freaking annoying and you know it’s a random message from some stinking app on their phone!!!!!!! At least take 5 minutes to send a thoughtful message if you really want me to check out your blog! Ugh I could keep going lol! #wineandboobs

  9. I’m really new to Twitter and I’m still not sure I “get” it but I agree with everything on your list already! Number 3 really does bug me and I’m afraid that if someone sends me that once I follow them, I unfollow them because it annoys me. Grrr.


  10. I’m still pretty new to Twitter so I really liked this! I’m so terrified of making a major faux pas so I’m relieved to say I don’t do these! (I need a glossary – it makes me feel so old to admit it but it’s learning a whole new language and most of the time I’m nodding and smiling in the corner!!)

  11. Love this! My Twitter pet hate is the tweets trying to get me to buy followers. I mean I’m hardly up there with a million followers, but surely I don’t look quite that desperate lol! #effitfriday

  12. Yup the DM drives me mad. In really glad you clarified the following unfollowing thing too, I actually have been questioning my own sanity over this! I don’t mind the random retweets though- I’m pretty grateful for anything I can get!

  13. Absolutely agree with all of this… But I have to ask, and have been wondering… Rather than an automated message to new followers, I manually send a tweet to 5-8 new followers thanking them. A couple a day. Is this as annoying as an automated message? I find that lots of people re-tweet so think it helps me and the other people in it to get our names out there a bit! (And if someone has unfollowed and re-followed me, and I notice, I don’t thank them a second time).

  14. Ooh, auto DMs. They seriously should get rid of that asap. I DM people back to tell them I usually unfollow people who send those. Mostly it’s newbies, but they can’t be that new if they know about auto dms.

    And people who just presume you’ll follow them. It’s like on instagram. If your feed is just full of posts (or photos/phrases) I just don’t want to see, then I’ll not follow.

    Great post, and I think I agree with all of them.

  15. Yes to all those and I’ve only been on twitter 3 months! Particularly find number 1 happening a lot, and I do NOT like the DMs. I question the point of having a DM system, mine is seriously abused by spam. Funny post x

  16. Yes, yes, a thousand times yes! I’m especially up for that Twitter holiday….it’s exhausting sometimes isn’t it? But so hard to stop! Me? Addicted?

  17. I want to be more into Twitter (goodness knows I have far and away the highest number of followers on there than any other social media channel – for why??) but it does my head in a bit and hence I don’t really spend time pondering these things. Having said that the automated ‘thanks and check out my profile’ messages do really wind me up! Thanks for linking up to #thetruthabout Xx

  18. Oh yes the dm’s are so annoying and I hate follow back freaks too! I also hate the people follow you and then unfollow you, seriously what is the point! Always good to have a rant, I feel better for you knowing you have got that off your chest haha. Thanks for linking up to the #bestandworst 🙂 See you again! x

  19. Im with you on all the above. The retweet without reading posts especially. I have a weird guy at the moment who is systematically going through my tweet history (through weeks of tweets) and fsvouring EVERY one mentioning a series of posts I did on my tattoos, but not one click through…..
    Another thing I hate is when Twitter unfollows people without my knowlwdge #anythinggoes

    • I had someone do that a while ago and it irked me so much that in the end I blocked them – it was creepy. Maybe time to hit the block button on this fella?

  20. haha I love this list. I am guilty of a DM though. Eek. My biggest one in all social media is follow for follows. I am determined to keep my Twitter following to under 1000 as I can’t keep it. I will hit my numbers but hey ho! xx #anythinggoes

    • Noooooo! stop with the DMs lady! I actually started a separate list of bloggers I love so I could keep track of them because my following list is wayyyy over 1000 now – eek!

  21. This really made me laugh! I have only just joined twitter recently and am still trying to get to grips with it!! I am being bombarded with in-boxes to thank me for following them, I haven’t read a single one of them!!! Ha! #anythinggoes

  22. I absolutely love this post! You are completely right with all your list!! But the one that really makes me nuts and I want to stop following people just for that reason are the stupid DM. Also annoys me because you receive those messages even though you are just following back so that is so silly!! I wish everybody stops using them! 🙂 xx

  23. Yes! I also don’t like/understand it when someone likes your tweet containing a link when they haven’t followed it (unless perhaps they are saving it for later?) and those who follow just for the follow back then unfollow as soon as you have. That’s just rude!

  24. Great Post! “To do or not to do”- that is the Twitter Etiquette question! The best thing about social media is that if you made a boo boo, you can always learn and move on. Okay, I am going to RT your tweet now!

    • Haha also some people are a lot more forgiving when it comes to Twitter etiquette whereas others are total sticklers for it and can be quite mean with it! x

  25. Yup, 3 and 9 are my absolute bug bears! If I followed you, I’m probably checking out your blog anyway, and seriously – do you think after unfollowing me 5 times I’m then going to go ‘Oh, ok then, I’ll follow you now, I don’t want to lose 1 follower’ when you follow me for the 6th time?

  26. I agree with all of these, although I did used to do the whole “check out my blog” in a message to new followers. I soon learnt though. That shit is really annoying.

  27. Ha ha, totally agree! I’d also add the auto DM that asks for follows on Facebook &/or Instagram – if I want to follow you on another platform I will do, but I’ve chosen Twitter & no I don’t need to see the same post on all platforms, once is enough!

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