Twitter Best Practices: Twidiots, Twools, and Other Twitter Types to Avoid
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stay away from these 8 Tweeps
As Twitter basks in the glory of being the fastest growing social platform in the world, chances are there are lot of new "Tweeps" on Twitter. If you’re at all concerned about who you might want to avoid on Twitter, here’s a handy field guide to …
8 Tweeps You Don’t Want to Meet or Be on Twitter
Twool: Someone who uses Twitter as a personal pressure relief valve to sound off about every little annoyance in life. The Twool will then sometimes get into raging arguments with people who disagree with them.
Twit: The user who finds everything just so amazing! They usually forget that Twitter is on the web, and so they waste everybody’s time and share stuff anyone can find on the web.
Twerp: He or she doesn’t understand that everything is public on Twitter. This category includes the basic (Moms chatting with their college kids about the really mundane or embarrassing) to the less-basic (celebrities having "@" conversations instead of using direct messages and then saying something stupid. A star in this category is former Major League Baseball player @JoseCanseco.
Twanker: Someone who goes out of their way to be obnoxious because any attention is better than no attention. They will sometimes send provocative "@" tweets to celebrities just to provoke a response.
Twarcissist: This Tweep loves themselves and talks all the time and always about themselves and the things they are doing. This area includes companies and brands, but also people who just plain can’t get beyond talking about themselves. Over the years it has included well-known CMOs and politicians all the way down to Twitter newbies just finding their way.
Twidiot: He or she never knows what is or is not appropriate to say on Twitter. This includes those who use very foul language all the way to those sharing their illegal activities as they are doing them! They may also be described as a "Twat" in British English.
Twalker: This creepy Tweep is a stalker – that person who is on Twitter only because of the slim promise of interactions with the famous, the desirable or the influential. Sends numerous "@" messages to these people and does not get a response – ever. So are there other kinds of Twitter annoying personas out there? Give them a name and let me know.
Mike is a strategist and teacher who helps businesses and students understand and get the most from social media. He currently is a Lecturer in the Department of Communication at the Rochester Institute of Technology where he teaches advertising, public relations and journalism (all with a social media twist).