It seems like every day some celebrity tweets something they shouldn’t have. While some tweets are taken out of context, others are just spur of the moment thoughts that should have never been posted. Twitter isn’t meant to be a free for all. What you post can haunt you forever. Before you post those next 140 characters, use the following tips to learn how to tweet responsibly.
Don’t Get Too Personal
It’s fine to share your interests and talk with others, but keep some aspects of your life personal. For instance, a teacher tweeting about getting drunk and sharing the experience with students isn’t exactly appropriate. In fact, it’s a great way to get fired. Remember that others are reading those tweets. If it’s not something you’d be proud to hear your own child brag about, don’t do it yourself.
Basically, remember Twitter isn’t your personal journal. Thousands and even millions of others could see these tweets. Anything that could jeopardize your job, relationships with friends and family or personal security shouldn’t be posted.
Wait Until You’re Less Emotional
Feeling angry or upset? Don’t tweet! The more emotional you feel, the more likely you are to post something you’ll regret. Whether we like it or not, people are easily offended and we don’t exactly have politically correct thoughts when we’re mad about something. Give yourself some time to calm down before heading to Twitter.
Ask Someone To Read Your Tweets
If you’re using Twitter to promote yourself or your business, tweeting responsibly is even more important. The last thing you want to do is offend potential clients or do anything to ruin your professional reputation. To avoid major uh-oh moments, have a friend, family member or co-worker read your tweets before you post them. An extra opinion helps you catch potential problems and may even help you create a better overall tweet.
Only Tweet Sober
I’ve seen far too many drunken tweets get people in trouble. They’ve lost jobs, gotten dumped by their significant other and even pushed close friends away. The solution – only tweet when you’re sober. Trust me, you don’t come off sounding as awesome as you think.
Don’t Tweet And Drive
This one shouldn’t really need to be mentioned, but sadly, people tweet and drive every day. Much like texting, people feel the need to stay in contact with their followers, even when they’re behind the wheel. First of all, it’s dangerous. Your tweet isn’t important enough to risk the lives of everyone on the road around you. Second, nothing is so urgent that you need to tweet immediately. Your followers will wait. Put the phone down and focus on driving. You can tweet when you reach your destination.
Not The Place For Attacks
Social media has gotten a bad rap as being a platform for bullying. Take the time to think about your tweets before you post. Are they extremely offensive? Do they seem like a personal attack on someone or a specific group of people? Would the tweet be hurtful to you if someone tweeted it about you? If you answered yes to any of these, don’t post your tweet. Keep tweets friendly and respectful. Every person who follows this tip helps make Twitter a better place to socialize.
Twitter should be a fun place to meet like minded people. Following these tips will make you a more responsible Twitter user. They may seem simple enough, but they help keep you safer on the site and even boost your reputation, leading to more followers and better interactions.