The top 7 mistakes new Twitter users make

Not completing a bio

The cardinal sin of most new Twitter users is not filling out the small but important section that says a bit about who they are. It could be a simple as a name (or a clever alias for the secret agents or painfully shy) or even just a sentence or two. If your goal is to get the conversation going — which is the point of Twitter after all — a bio can be the icebreaker.

Protecting updates, but complaining about no followers

There are a few reasons to keep your updates private: not wanting to share your personal business with the world, thwarting spammers, etc. But many twitterers forget that by blocking updates from public view, they are also blocking potential followers. It’s a give and take situation, so you gotta give a little to get something back.

No updates, but complaining about no followers

It’s one thing to protect your updates, it’s another to not have any updates at all. Complaining about not having followers in this instance is like walking into a party, not speaking to anyone, and then complaining about how terrible the party is.

Entering an incorrect URL in your profile

Twitter allows users to add a web address to their profile, which can be their website, blog, or other social networking profiles. Many potential followers click on this link to get a better idea of who the person is. Don’t miss an opportunity by entering a typo in this field (e.g. htp:/ or by adding more than one address in a single line (

Making the text unreadable

Because Twitter allows users to create their own color scheme, some make quirky, cute, or even garish color choices. Most are okay, except for those who choose dark text on a dark background, making potential followers strain to read the page. Remember, it’s no use completing a bio if no one can read it.

Going into RSS/Twitterfeed overload

While it is true that some people are starting to use Twitter in lieu of an RSS reader, the sure way to garner complaints and/or unfollows is to make your Twitter feed identical to your RSS feed. Your blog/site may be awesome, but the point of Twitter is to stimulate conversation.

No avatar

Nothing says “I’m a new Twitter user who hasn’t quite figured this thing out” like a default Twitter avatar. An avatar is a brief glimpse into the person behind the tweets, so be sure to make it special.

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