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Recently, I’ve discovered that several people were following me (@nlinton) on Twitter. Of course, I clicked on their profiles to find out more about them to possibly follow them and I found out that they protected their Tweets. This has happened three times in the last week.

I can understand why. Kind of.

There are a lot of spammers, scammers, porn bots, crazies and people looking for casual, anonymous and STD-laden Internet sex-hook-ups on Twitter. I have been Tweeting for a year and I’ve come across all of these issues. But I can’t say that it has happened enough to compel me to protect my Tweets. Minors probably need to. I would not want my kids being contacted by just anyone online through Twitter.

I am much more selective on Facebook and LinkedIn, where I only accept requests from people I know or have met personally. For instance the other day I received a LinkedIn request from a woman who worked at a company in Marietta that I wasn’t familiar with and isn’t in my industry. I racked my brain for more than an hour trying to figure out if I met her somewhere or knew her from a past position. I logged into LinkedIn to look at her profile. No picture. One job listed and it was only a company and title, no specifics. No past positions. No schools. No shared connections. No information about her whatsoever.

I didn’t feel one bit guilty about declining the connection. LinkedIn is a work in progress, and I am always tinkering with my profile, but it is foolish to run around sending invitations to people and you haven’t put in the basics on your profile.

I also don’t feel bad about blocking my Tweets from people who follow me, but protect their Tweets. So, I’m telling you upfront that if you choose to follow me and I go to follow you and find out you protect your Tweets, you won’t be hearing from me anymore.

It just seems strange to me to use Twitter to follow people Tweeting conversationally, reading the links they share, yet not wanting to fully engage yourself. If you want a more selective social media experience there are forums to do this. I don’t think this is what Twitter was designed to do. And it makes me think that maybe YOU are the spammer or a bot or crazy, and have nefarious reasons for hiding your Tweets – like you don’t want to make too many people mad doing what you are doing, report you to Twitter and risk getting your account suspended!

If it is a personal safety or privacy violation issue, I think Twitter is far safer in this respect – without having to protect one’s Tweets – than say LinkedIn, Facebook or MySpace.  Tweeting conversationally and sharing links won’t open you up to serious issues.

As far as the spammers, bots and other crazies are concerned, regular pruning of the people following you can prevent a lot of issues. I do it at least once a month. Of course, people who come out of the gate being obnoxious (follow me!, retweeting the same crap over and over, obvious spam and other foolishness) get the boot immediately.

I’m still learning about this Twitter thing. If someone can provide me with a good reason for hiding Tweets, let me know, I am open to other’s opinions, etc. I just don’t see the point.

By the way, follow me on Twitter @nlinton. LOL! And have a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday.

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I’ve been reading some great Twitter articles lately that have really helped me. So, because I want you to like me and think what I am offering is useful to you, I pulled my favorites together for you to use as you will – quick, dirty and satisfying.

Enjoy!

  • Retweeting occurs most frequently on Friday and in general 3:00 p.m. to midnight. Afternoons, evenings and weekends also yield high retweets.
  • “You” is the most retweetable word.
  • 19 percent of retweets have links.
  • The more frequently you tweet links, or tweet in general the fewer clicks you’ll get: Tweet once an hour for maximum results.
  • Don’t spam. Just don’t do it. Bad juju.
  • Watch your links. Do they work? Do they lead to nowhere? I personally hate that. Are you sure you attached one? I’ve done that. So embarrassing.
  • If someone hits you, hit them back, especially if you are using Twitter to develop meaningful professional relationships.
  • Kill off Hyper-Tweeters swiftly and ruthlessly without an ounce of guilt or a second thought. Don’t be afraid to use that unfollow button!
  • You don’t have to follow someone who follows you. You really don’t.
  • On the flip side, if someone unfollows you, don’t get bent about it. It can’t be personal because they don’t know you personally.
  • Manage your Twitter account. Even if you don’t tweet everyday, just take a quick look at who is following you and what they are posting each day. I found this out the hard way doing a client project. I was so happy tweeting and getting new followers that I didn’t stop to look VERY CLOSELY at who was following me. I did look one day and most of my new followers were legit. One, however, was a nasty porn spammer who had an avatar of Britney Spear’s mouth photo-shopped on something very large…and it wasn’t a microphone. Yikes!
  • This is a special message for those in my industry, particularly my PR peeps seeking to reach out to bloggers and other media: PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE DO NOT DIRECT MESSAGE (DM) SOMEONE YOU HAVE NEVER CONTACTED.
  • And this special message is for my junior and mid-level PR peeps that know not to do this, but will be told to do it by someone in “upper management.” They will even ask you to draft the message and send it to them “for review” before you DM someone on Twitter that you shouldn’t. Gently and tactfully guide them to some links that spell out best practices on using Twitter. Show them why it may backfire and offer alternatives. Don’t show them this post. I will help you out by posting a couple of good sites below.
  • Let folks know you are a real live person by tweeting regularly to maintain a presence. Twitterati recommends 10 to 20 tweets a day. NOT AN HOUR.
  • Just like in Kindergarten, being courteous and thoughtful will get you a long way.
  • Finally, don’t forget to thank your followers!

Happy tweeting!

Flackchick

P.S.:  And because I love ya, a couple of good links: