10 Commandments of Twitter

I have been on twitter (@jkriggs) for almost three years now

and I have observed several habits of a lot of users that I think need to be changed.
Here are my 10 Commandments of Twitter (in no particular order).

10. Thou shalt not retweet thyself.

Seriously guys – let your tweets stand or fall on their own merit.

9. Thou shalt not tweet 67 times a day.

One of the quickest ways to get unfollowed is to tweet about anything and everything all day long. Make your tweets stand out by only tweeting quality, funny, timely, inspiring, or informative stuff.

8. Thou shalt not copy someone’s tweet and claim it as your own.

This is plagiarism – if you think something is worth repeating, then retweet it so the orignal author is given credit.

7. Thou shalt not click on that questionable link to see “what the dad saw his daughter do” – it’s SPAM!

Come on guys, we’ve all seen the links – if you don’t recognize the user don’t click on it and spare us from all the direct messages! And according to @edstetzer‘s post, don’t claim you’ve been hacked when it happens. Admit you fell for the scam.

6. Thou shalt not retweet a compliment someone tweeted about you & Thou shalt not retweet a compliment and edit the tweet with a “thanks” at the end only because you want others to see how someone is praising you.

Proverbs 27:2  “Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips.”

5. Thou shalt not only tweet about the accomplishments you done.

It’s okay to occasionally post some good things you’ve been able to accomplish – especially if they were done through God’s power.  However, if you are constantly talking about your self; where you’ve been, who you’ve seen, what you’ve done, people will either unfollow you, or skim over your tweets because no one wants to hear self boasting.

4. Thou shalt not tweet lies.

Double check your sources before you tweet something you’ve heard or read.  Make sure it’s true and not some rumor floating around.  Obama is not the anti-christ and no one is taking “In God We Trust” off our money… yet.

3. Thou shalt not post a link to a site and not make it clickable.

This is one of my biggest frustrations with twitterers. If you think it’s important for your followers to view the page you tweet then make sure it is linked or clickable.  There are a few ways to accomplish this.  If you post from twitter.com or text message be sure to put “http://” before the “www.”  If you post from tweetdeck, hootsuite or some other third party app, most of them will automatically make your links clickable.  Do everyone a favor and if after you tweet, you realize you can’t click on that link – delete it and repost correctly – don’t make us copy and past the link in the address bar (because we won’t).

2. Thou shalt not have a 30 minute twitter conversation with someone. Pick up the phone and call them.

Some things should not be discussed through twitter.  These included but are not limited to: Arguments, Personal matters, Family matters, Church problems, and Inside jokes.

1. Thou shalt not tweet a hateful or critical comment about your spouse, boss or leaders.

If you have an issue with someone – please go to them in private and work it out.  Complaining about someone only makes you look bad. Griping about someone in authority says a lot about your relationship with God.

What else would you add to this list? What are some habits of twitterers you think should be adjusted? Do you think I’m off base with my rules? Comment below.

Love Jesus, Do good work, Be a blessing.