30 Twitter tips hath September: Ditch the Twitterfeed
In September, we’re offering a Twitter tip a day. Send us your thoughts and suggestions.
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Day 24: Don’t use your Twitter account like
an RSS feed; ditch Twitterfeed.
Twitterfeed connects your Twitter account to an RSS feed (or many feeds), so that each time the feed is updated, it sends out a tweet via your account.
This is a bad idea.
(What’s an RSS feed? Check out “RSS in Plain English” on YouTube.)
Sure, it’s an easy way to promote your blog content (or for some reason, someone else’s blog content), but it’s lazy. It’s robotic. It’s inauthentic.
That doesn’t mean you can’t promote your blog (or anything else you want) via your Twitter feed. I tweet out “selfish tweets” (as I call them) regularly, like for this 30 Twitter tips series. But I write each one. And I try to be selective.
If readers want to subscribe to my RSS feed, the button is conveniently located in the sidebar. It’s optional and automatically updates for you. But if they want to interact with the real me, then they should follow my Twitter account, because I write every single syllable (minus retweets, which I do regularly, though I tend to rewrite many of them).
Remember: Be human. Own up to everything you write, including those short tweets every day.