Twitter Policy

Thanks for visiting my blog and for your interest in connecting with me through Twitter at @dianelevin.

Twitter is an easy-to-use social media tool that allows users to share information and converse and connect with people around the globe.

I will be happy to follow you back (although I make no guarantees) if

  1. You use your Twitter account to share what you know, pass on interesting links, or help others on Twitter
  2. Your tweets show that you get the “social” in  social media; in other words, you’re using Twitter as a two-way channel to communicate with others on Twitter instead of standing in the corner talking only with yourself
  3. You have updated your Twitter profile with your real name, a bio, and your location, and uploaded a photo so I have a sense of who you are

Among other things, I will unfollow you, not follow you or may even block you on Twitter if

  1. You tell me that you can make me rich, ensure my business success, gain me thousands of followers, increase traffic to my web site, or help me get right with God (the Flying Spaghetti Monster and I are doing just fine, thanks)
  2. You use your Twitter account to endlessly pitch goods or services
  3. You’re a spambot and not a real person (and I don’t need the Turing test to tell the difference)
  4. Someone ghost-writes your tweets for you
  5. I catch you tweeting while driving
  6. Your Twitter picture is of you or someone else naked, unless you’re Michelangelo’s David
  7. You use an autoresponder to send me a message when I follow you back (see #2  in the preceding section)
  8. You use Twitter to demean or defame others

And of course I reserve the right to make exceptions to any of these general guidelines.

If you’re new to Twitter and want to learn more about how to use it, please read my post, “Twitter tips for mediators: how ADR professionals can get the most from this social media tool“. (Despite its title, it’s not just for mediators.)

If you’re okay with these guidelines, then you’re welcome to follow me on Twitter at @dianelevin. I’ll look forward to connecting with you there.

With a tip of the hat to @RayBeckerman, @CatherineMorris, and @inkyelbows for inspiration for this Twitter policy.

6 responses to “Twitter Policy

  1. Diane,
    Great idea to post this policy. Thanks for following me.

  2. Susan, you’re welcome – and glad to know you found this policy helpful.

  3. this is most helpfu Diane; framing ones values around this whole social media evolution makes the on/off switch easier to use with less hesitancy I find

  4. Hey, I think this is the first time I’ve seen these values bundled up into one place so concisely and thoughtfully. Similar principles have been rattling around in my mind for a while, especially the expectations you laid out for a Twitter profile page. I never follow anyone who hasn’t provided the information you’ve listed, for the same reasons.
    So thanks, this is great and maybe will gradually move more explicitly into the ongoing evolution of the social media culture.

    • Ken, thanks for the nice compliment, as well as for visiting my blog! This policy has served me in good stead, I must say. (Unfortunately it seems to do little to deter the snake oil salesmen and so-called social media “experts”, but it does get positive feedback from nice folks like you.)

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