8 Twitter Mistakes that can Destroy your Twitter Reputation

Building an awesome reputation on twitter is difficult and can take months to build, but losing it is very easy and it can be a matter of seconds and you might actually end up destroying it.

A lot of twitter users want to become twitter champs, but they actually become dumb twitter users. This happens because they make a lot of mistakes and yet make no effort to prevent further damage to their twitter reputation.
When people enter into the twitterverse, they aren’t aware of the rules and they also don’t study any twitter guide and they end up making many mistakes. Like real life, if you make mistakes in twitter, you are forgiven once or twice, but if you try to repeat it over and over again, then nobody would be ready to forgive you and you will surely end up losing respect among your followers.

These are some of twitter mistakes that you should be aware of and should not make if you want to become a powerful twitter user:

1. Auto DM

This is, by far, the most annoying habit that some bloggers and businesses use to promote their links. These links usually include affiliate links and links to their products. The problem is that though earlier auto DMs were a good facility to promote stuff, but now it has become a gateway to annoyance (and is usually full of spam). Auto DMs make you appear as bots and spammers. People don’t like following bots and they would instantly unfollow you, if you send them Auto DMs.

It would be better if you use a personalized DM to introduce yourself and then maybe build a relationship with them.

2. Promoting links via @

As a blogger, I know that some links may need promotion and you may like your twitter followers to help you out. But if you start asking for retweets and using @ replies to promote links you would perceived as a needy tweeter who is always asking for retweets. Instead of using @s use DMs to request your friends to promote your links. It is personal and is a better medium to promote.

3. No Conversation

Twitter is a platform to share useful information and also to interact and share experiences. If you are thinking of only sharing links, then you would never succeed. Conversation is a prerequisite and if don’t try to interact with people, they will start ignoring your tweets.

4. Bulk Following

A lot of people think that bulk following is sure-shot method to become a twitter hotshot. But they are highly mistaken, because quality following is better than quantity following. A person having 1000 followers can have more influence than a person having 10000 followers. Once you bulk follow, your closing the gate to a network, which could have increased your twitter influence.

5. Over Monetization

According to twitter users, making money from twitter is not very bad, if it is done in moderation. But if you are thinking of bombarding the twitter stream with a number of sponsored tweets, then you will be unfollowed immediately. Make sure you don’t cross the limit.

6. Revealing passwords

Revealing password is one of the worst things you can do to your account. Once you use your password on a twitter app, it gets stored there and then anybody can hack your twitter account. This has been my personal experience that once your twitter account gets hacked, then you start to see some offensive and inappropriate tweets being tweeted directly form your account. This can be really bad for your reputation and if action is not taken immediately, then you are bound to lose respect.

7. Not giving back love

Shameless self promotion does not work in any social media. It should be a give and take relationship and you need to retweet and thank people in order to protect your authority. Treat your twitter followers as if they are your family.

8. Being Offensive and Rude

Do you want to make enemies on twitter?. If yes is the answer, then start using bad language and point your fingers at others. Make them lose their mind and start spreading hatred.

In all, I would recommend that you don’t make these mistakes and try to show some twitter etiquette. If you don’t make these mistakes, you can be rest assured that you don’t lose your reputation on twitter.


What mistakes have you made? Are there other types mistakes commonly made by twitter users?

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  • I don’t agree 100% with the “4. Bulk Following”-rule. It’s true if you don’t take advantage of lists (or decks, if using TweetDeck). But if you do, networking with <10 users (or whatever you prefer) is no problem, even if you have over 10,000 followers 🙂
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  • Interesting read, you are the kind of twitter for real 😉
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  • Hi Gautam,

    These tips are pretty much accurate … But there are different scenarios for #2 and #4 ..

    But as usual another gem piece written by you mate!! keep up the good work.. sorry I’ve been tremendously busy lately

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  • The mistake I made at the start was auto DM. It takes more time to respond personally to each person but it is worth the effort. I also agree with about quality over quantity. Building a network/tribe of friends is more important than building meaningless numbers. Thanks.

  • I seem to be doing all the right things. I really appreciate this post thank you very much

  • I think will all tend to follow the above rules, well some of them anyway 😉 But we do like to change them a little to suit our own needs…
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  • This is really great and interesting read! As a matter of fact, you are a twitter genius.
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  • Ok. But don’t believe in miracles. We are humans.

  • ken

    retweeting every damn thing you see will get an immediate unfollow. ive had whole pages from mayhem studios of retweet of random shit

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  • Thanks for the post Gautam. For a long time I considered Twitter to be less useful due to the character limitation. But lately, I have been using it and have found it to be pretty great.

    Have a great weekend!

    – mark
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  • I can’t find anything new in this article. Why should anyone think that twitter is different from talking to someone?
    Just be yourself, say what you think and dont talk if there is nothing to say. As alway – not only on twitter.

    • Hey some may not find something new in this article because it is composed of some annoying habits that are often committed by a lot of twitter users.

      But there are many people who are still not aware of this fact.
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  • Ok, after reading the comments, I see there really are people who needed this info 🙂

  • Good points, being rude is sometimes ok as long as it’s not directed at anyone or group, people can always unfollow you. If you try and be too PC to please everyone, you aren’t being yourself 😉

  • No Conversation! That always happened to me. Its hard for me to create conversation with twitter so I use twitter just for twit or retweet. I really still confuse about twitter and I rather using facebook to get connect, to get socialize.
    Thanks for sharing Gautam.
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  • neorenggana

    I have made mistakes when promoting, before that i’m using via mode. My twitter account was overloaded messages by tweet Monetization but after i change password it’s stop. and now i selective every tweet sponsor to avoid it’s happen again. Thanks

  • Hi,

    NO conversattion there isn’t always a problem! If you have a busines profile, conversation is not a rule, but a exception.
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  • Thanks Gautam for some additional useful tips. It seems I’m not committing these mistakes and that’s good to know! I like reading posts like this even as confirmation that I’m doing something right. I couldn’t imagine not conversing on Twitter. Sure, I like many people, want people to go to my site, but would never think to @ somebody to ask for a RT. I figure if somebody finds my link useful, they will RT it wanting their followers to have access to the same info. As for Auto DM’s, I knew my first day on Twitter, I couldn’t do that for feeling it is too impersonal! Personal DM’s seem OK depending on whether or not there is an obvious rhetorical question in them!
    Thanks again!
    Tor L.

  • Hi Gautam– thanks so much for the tips! I just started Tweeting recently so these were very helpful!
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  • My biggest Twitter pet peeves:
    1. Incomplete profiles
    2. Infrequent tweets
    3. Bios that are completely unhelpful (or no bios!)
    4. Private profiles

    * These are more reasons why I won’t follow someone in the first place, but I totally agree with you on why I would UNFOLLOW someone. Great post!

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  • These are all really good points! It’s really about being a decent and considerate person in the virtual world in the same way one would be in “real life.” Jim Skafish

  • I spend too much time just chatting with people, I feel like in chat room but Twitter is like chat + blog so I have to work on it.

  • Really appreciated your article… Totally agree with point #4, bulk following. I think people who do this are missing the whole point of twitter, you can’t have relationships in bulk.

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  • Nice point Gautam and also one more point that would be always keep your profile empty.. Many twitter used despite of interesting tweets never take pain to complete their profile.. 2 lines of bio and one avatar add personal touch.. Is int it?

  • Very nice tips, I couldn’t agree more.
    I find especially the auto DM totally useless, especially the ones greeting you with “Firstname Lastname” as if it was enough to make it warmer… sigh.
    Engaging and sharing always have been the real soul of the social media use of Twitter, and I think it should always go that way.

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  • I totally agree with you.

  • I would add another that’s become pretty relevant lately: 9. Failing to monitor hashtags, replies and mentions. It’s so important to be an active participant in the conversation, that includes not only what you are saying, but what people are saying about you and how the conversation is evolving. Brands can’t abuse hashtags or just jump into a conversation without knowing what it is really about. At the same time, they need to make sure they are aware what others are saying to or about them and respond promptly.

  • Thanks, very interesting

  • rndtechnologies786

    Nice thought.

  • Paperd0ll

    How about when people use their accounts to chat back and forth with friends just like they’re texting? Those are boring accounts! I often unfollow (or never follow to begin with) those. I’d rather follow accounts that retweet interesting articles or share interesting observations.

  • really a great post for blogger like me. i learn many things from this.