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
- You use your Twitter account to share what you know, pass on interesting links, or help others on Twitter
- 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
- 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
- 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)
- You use your Twitter account to endlessly pitch goods or services
- You’re a spambot and not a real person (and I don’t need the Turing test to tell the difference)
- Someone ghost-writes your tweets for you
- I catch you tweeting while driving
- Your Twitter picture is of you or someone else naked, unless you’re Michelangelo’s David
- You use an autoresponder to send me a message when I follow you back (see #2 in the preceding section)
- 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.