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Twitter Etiquette Part II: Auto-Tweeting Is OK For #FollowFriday/#FF Posting. Feat @jpuopolo & @oatmeal

February 25, 2011 2 comments

Some FollowFriday Auto-Tweets Set Up In My TweetDeck For Today's Tweeting,

 

In this post “Twitter Etiquette: The Do’s & Don’ts Of Auto-Tweeting (My Opinion)” written exactly a month ago on January 25th I discuss what I think is OK and not OK if you are going to set up an Auto-Tweet on Twitter.

However, as each #FollowFriday (now more often than not shortened to #FF), passes and I see tons of people who write a bunch of names with the #FF hashtag preceding it I became less and less likely to pay any attention to the #FF tweets. Then, I got a #FF tweet from one @jpuopolo at around the same time as I read The Oatmeal’s “How #FollowFriday Is SUPPOSED To Work” comic (I pasted only part of it below to make it a lot smaller because otherwise it would take up this entire page and also that part illustrates what I am talking about.so click the link above to read the entire comic).

 

What I would see on #FF and my reaction as a result. Go to http://theoatmeal.com/comics/follow_friday to see the full comic.

 

Now @jpuopolo is one of those people who, in my opinion, is ‘doing it right’. His #FF tweets are always dedicated to one or maybe two people per tweet. There is always a reason given in the tweet why we should actually want to follow that person or why @jpuopolo likes that person or even just something funny about the person to make them into a person and not some random Twitter handle accompanied by a bunch more and a hashtag.

 

The way that @jpuopolo does his #FF tweets is pretty much exactly what The Oatmeal recommends as the proper/expected way – the way #FollowFriday is SUPPOSED to work. But when I tried doing it one week I found that with the amount of conversations and experiences I have in a week it is sometimes difficult to remember who and why I would like to issue a #FF tweet for when it actually comes to Friday.

This is why I have changed my rules for when it is OK to auto-tweet. I think it is completely legitimate to set up auto-tweets for fully formed and thought out #FollowFriday tweets. This way, when Friday comes not only do you give some credit where credit is due and encourage other people to follow someone who you think is awesome – your #FF tweet is really from the heart because when you wrote it on Tuesday you really were thinking at the time, “Wow, this person rocks…other people should get to experience the fantastamazingness of their Twitter streams!”

One final thing, I asked @jpuopolo: “How do you keep coming up with all these awesometastic #FF? thanx so much!” and pictured below was his reply:

 

 

Final Thought: Do you agree that this is a completely legitimate use for auto-tweets?

Have a great #FollowFriday and a great weekend!

To check out my first Twitter Etiquette post from January 25, 2011 click here.

Suggestion: When Changing Your Twitter Handle Overlay Your Old One On Your Avatar

January 5, 2011 1 comment

In my time on Twitter I have seen a number of people who have changed their “Twitter handle” – formally referred to by Twitter as a “Username” – from one day to the next with no warning or notice. Sometimes, it is because the name they originally wanted has been let back into the public domain for whatever reason. Sometimes it is just because the person decided they wanted to switch and just picked a new handle. Often, these new handles don’t have anything to do with the old handle and the person with the new handle decides to change their Twitter avatar (profile picture) as well. This results in people, like me and you, starting to see some seemingly random person posting in their tweet stream. Then we begin wondering who this person is and when did we start following them? This is especially true when the person’s avatar isn’t a very good or clear picture of them or if they have no other information in their profile like their full name listed, a completed bio, or a link to another website of theirs.

When you change your Twitter handle go into whatever image editor you use and insert your OLD handle in a readable font, size, and color in a noticeable place (top or bottom) of the new avatar.

As such, I am going to suggest a new point of “Twitter Etiquette” (Twetiquette? Twitterqette?). When you change your Twitter handle go into Paint (the simplest image editor which every copy of Microsoft Windows comes with) or whatever image editor you use and insert your OLD handle in a readable font, size, and color in a noticeable place (top or bottom) of the new avatar. Leave it there for a week or so, that should be long enough.

Doing this is much more effective and much less annoying than tweeting a message every day (or more) “Hey I used to be @OldHandle but this is account now has a new handle” when you change your handle.

My current (Jan 5, 2011) New Years themed avatar with my "old handle" noted.

The only other – possibly better – way I could think of  to do this would be to change your “Name” to include your old handle. In this method, where my handle on Twitter, as you know, is @Dan_L and my “Name” is Dan Levy if I were to change my handle to @GuruDan or something like that I would simply change my “Name” to ‘Dan Levy formerly @Dan_L’.

What do you think? Is it a simple and yet effective & unobtrusive enough way to accomplish the goal of letting everyone know your new Twitter handle? Have a better idea? Let me know.

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