11 Rules of Twitter Etiquette You Need to Know

Posted on February 18th 2013

11 Rules of Twitter Etiquette You Need to Know

ImageWhen on a date, one should have proper etiquette! Just like being on a date, when you are tweeting away on twitter, one should also have proper etiquette. TWITIQUETTE if you prefer! So how does one have awesome Twitiquette? I’m glad you asked! Follow these simple rules:

Rule #1: Don’t start a tweet with a hashtag. Let us see your thought, idea, comment, or story first.

Rule #2: Please, please don’t use more than 3 hashtags in a tweet. If you do use three hashtags, do it sparingly. It’s just annoying.

Rule #3: This rule is going to go against what most “tweeps” believe! Don’t strive for followers. Strive for engagement. Ask people questions and engage with them! They’ll like it. In the long run, you’ll get more followers this way.

Rule #4: Some people just don’t follow back. That doesn’t necessarily mean they won’t interact with you! Tweet them a question, idea, or story.

Rule #5: Even though you have a maximum of 140 characters, you don’t have to use all 140 characters. Try using around 120 characters. This will allow other tweeps the ability to retweet you.

Rule#6: Add a profile picture. Enough said. You’d be surprised at how many people don’t add a profile picture.

Rule #7: If you were selling your house, would you make it look nice for an open house or showing? Absolutely! Same applies for you twitter handle. Add a background, make it look nice.

Rule #8: Should you come across a spam account (and you will) please report them. The less spam accounts there are on twitter, the better it will be for all of us.

Rule #9: Add a description. By looking at some of your information, Tweeps who don't know you will be able to find out what to Tweet with you about?

Rule #10: If you’re struggling on determining how long your tweet should be, what your tweet should contain, hashtags, etc. remember to K.I.S.S. (Keep it simple stupid.).

Rule #11: In the end, just be yourself. Be authentic. Create value and enrich people’s tweets with great content!

After all it’s just twitter, it should be fun.


Corey Donohue

Community Manager , Heyo

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Posted on February 18th 2013 at 4:48PM

I never actually thought to report spam, I alays just ignored it. I'm definitely going to start doing that, thanks!

Posted on December 20th 2013 at 6:27AM

Great Article! Thank you so much for sharing this :)

Posted on December 27th 2013 at 11:43AM

Twitter now aloows attaching photos & videos to tweets, which has been announced since your article was published.  Obviously keep the photo/video relevant to the tweet and try to use originals or your own creation.