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30 Twitter tips hath September: Begging you to stop begging

September 8, 2009

In September, we’re offering a Twitter tip a day. Send us your thoughts and suggestions.

[Tweet this tip]
Day 8:
Don’t be a Twitter beggar, since adding
“Please RT!” sounds like begging.

Do I dislike the phrase “please RT”? Yes.

Does it seem to be going away? Hopefully.

Do you sound a little desperate when you ask for a RT? Kinda.

(What’s an RT? “Retweet.”)

Can you decide for yourself what to pass along and what to ignore? Absolutely.

Would you “please RT” this charity fund-raiser tweet? Maybe.

What are the chances you’ll “plz rt” this wacky blog post tweet? Iffy.

(You don’t say a lot, do you? Nope.)

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30 Twitter tips hath September

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. September 8, 2009 8:25 pm

    Oh, no! All I have are wacky blog posts. At least, I don’t ask for RTs. I do hint at follows, though. Is that equally poor Twittetiquette. OMG! I coined a new phrase!! LOL. Thanks for the tip.

    • September 9, 2009 8:21 am

      You’re welcome. That’s why I’d be careful about Twitterfeed. Dumping your blog posts into Twitter nonstop could be a big turnoff to your followers.

  2. Russ G permalink
    September 22, 2009 12:33 pm

    I know my example isn’t typical, but I figured I’d share the only time I’ve “please RT”‘d in my 2000+ updates.

    My students had just finished blogging their essays and I was looking to get as large an audience as possible for their work. I tweeted that they had blogged and they were ready for comments and added a “Please RT” to the end of it. I feel that my followers know me enough that the 1 time they’ve seen me add that, it’s probably pretty important to me that my tweet got a big audience.

    • September 22, 2009 1:09 pm

      That is an excellent example. Do it once, and people pay attention. Do it all the time and you are quickly ignored.

      You didn’t breach the trust you built with your followers. You enhanced it by respecting them. Good job.

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