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Wed, 22 Oct 2008

Twitter Etiquette

I have a couple Twitter pet peeves. I follow around 80 people on Twitter, and this list has been carefully optimized over time to maximize signal vs. noise. I'm a huge fan of Twitter, I actually have seven Twitter accounts for the splintered fragments of my personality. I enjoy Twitter so much that I want to highlight 2 small peeves that I'm hoping we can minimize in order to help all of us maximize our signal.
  1. Multi-tweet tweets: Brian Marick, one of the most intelligent, humorous geeks I've had the pleasure of meeting has a long-running habit of allowing his tweets to break out of the 140 character limit. Brian, this is cheating! Embrace constraints!
  2. Context-less replies: I could point to a lot of offenders (myself included) but I'll point at one of my favorite people, Bil Kleb. I often observe people having a glorified instant messaging conversation on Twitter. This can get really noisy if you're not careful. You want to make sure that each tweet has enough context that your followers know enough to know that they're not interested or compelled to click through a username or tinyurl.
OK, stepping down from the soapbox...

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