Is it just me, or is Twitter the most outrageously uptight social media tool ever invented? It starts with a simple question: “What are you doing?” But Twitter quickly reveals itself to be a minefield of unwritten rules, exclusive jargon and career-damaging etiquette traps.
Following this hunch, I hopped on my Twitter account yesterday and asked some theatre tweeps “what’s your number one piece of twitter etiquette?”
- Don’t tweet during a play. I know people are trying to make that the next big thing (aren’t they?), but just say NO.
- Be conversational. For instance: What have you seen lately? Are you planning on Shirley V.?
- Provide at least a pinch of value with every tweet.
- The conventional, unwritten rule is one ‘heads up’ tweet per blog post.
Sounds like good advice. But what happens to Twitter users who aren’t up on the latest Twitter etiquette? Will they be banished to the land of the great unfollowed? Or, worse, will their colleagues simply sit in quiet judgment of their ill-mannered Twitter friends?
On the topic of Twitter etiquette, the Vancouver-based theatre blogger Simon Ogden has said: “Twitter etiquette is evolving all the time, that’s for sure.”
He’s right. I just hope I can evolve with it.
Maybe this Twitiquette primer will help.