I keep reading all these Twitter lists online about what you should and shouldn’t tweet on Twitter. I agree with most of them and let’s face it, some of them are just common sense. However, there is one “rule” that keeps coming up that I’m not sure I agree with.
This is the “rule” that you can’t or shouldn’t tweet about what you’re doing throughout the day. I’ve read that this is a surefire way to get people to unfollow you or even blacklist you on Twitter. I have heard self-proclaimed experts rant about how this practice should never be done.
I do not agree.
I think a lot of people are forgetting exactly what Twitter was designed for in the first place: a microblogging platform. Basically, that’s blogging, but on a small scale. What are people doing on their blogs? They often talk about their day, right? Many blogs are actually a kind of online diary.
While blogs are now commonly used by businesses, marketers, and more, the original popularity was for the personal diary/diary experience. The same can be said for Twitter. Twitter is like the status messages on Facebook and Myspace where you can post in 1 or 2 sentences what you’re doing.
Why not tell people you’re walking your dog in the rain if you want? It is a micro-blog, after all. It’s your Twitter stream and you can tweet whatever you want.
Now on the topic of whether or not other people will want to hear what you’re doing, I guess it depends on how exciting you are. People will follow celebrities who talk about what they’re doing every minute of the day, but they’ll be less thrilled to hear that no one is cutting their toenails.
If you’re a creative, witty, or sarcastic person, people may enjoy your tweets, even if it’s about ordinary stuff. If you mix your tweets about what you’re doing with other helpful tweets, this also creates a nice balance and most people won’t have a problem with that.
Tweeting about what you’re doing with your day creates a personal bond or connection between you and your followers. It makes you less of a spam bot and more of a real human being. I wouldn’t put tweeting what you’re doing in the “DON’T” category, but I would caution against over-tweeting these mundane matters.