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What We Like And Don’t Like to See On Twitter

Here are 23 Twitter Likes and 23 Twitter Dislikes from people that are using Social Media regularly for many different reasons, business and personal. I thought this may be a good exercise as recently I’ve seen some Tweets that really turn me off people and wondered if they even knew it. Plus I’d like to commend those that are tweeting well but you can’t just openly point out without seeming like a stalker. So I thought I’d put together some “tweet length” comments from other Tweeters as to what they like and dislike seeing on Twitter. There may be more of mine – but hey, it’s my blog post 🙂

What we Dislike seeing on Twitter:-

@_Sians Tweets that are all in capitals – I want to reply “stop shouting”

@dungarvanbrewco Impersonal, automated content where the user is not actively engaged with the application or users

@3keyscoach I don’t like seeing spam or people following for no apparent reason other than to boost their numbers.

@spiderworking I don’t like accounts that don’t chat back… ever (unless they’re press sites etc that I just rely on for news)

@denisefay I dislike when someone sends me a direct message when I begin following them and I know it’s not directed at me personally

@_Sians Tongue in cheek tweets that come across as sarcasm or rude as you’re tweeting a stranger – you need to know someone well before flippancy works

@CG_OnlineM Being followed by spammers and ‘ladies of Twitter’ (formerly ladies of the night) Ermmm, I’m a chick, not a dude – back off…lol

@CliffHouseHotel Spam. Hotels tweeting (and repeating the same) special offers. Charity/sponsor requests

@Cottages_ie I hate seeing bullying on Twitter – or anywhere obviously. It’s not nice, it’s not clever and people should be ashamed of themselves if they do it

@elainerogers I dislike when people mistake lack of rapport for disagreement, and immediately react negatively

@smallbiztrends Arguing with someone over Twitter is bad manners and uncomfortable for those who get caught in the crossfire (i.e., followers).

@encouragxcellns I hate seeing all these rules about what people can & can’t do, drives me nuts!

@_Sians Replies to a tweet from hours or days ago which are then out of context so don’t make sense – give a reference if a delay in reply

@eunicepower Photographs of every thing people consume – it’s ok for something fab but should be reserved for that.

@DeStress_Mag I dislike trolling, personal feuds that are aired online (keep your dirty laundry private people), cyber stalking, cyber bullying and spammers

@ballymountaccs Dislike the accounts that keep putting out stuff with no personal contact

@_Sians I will often unfollow if I see people using bad language.

@SannWood I don’t like to see someone posting that they’ve just eaten a sandwich or that they are now going to bed.

@fionaashe I dislike automation & automated DMs, unduly harsh criticism of others, spam, hacking, Twitter being used purely for marketing purposes

@frankbradley I dislike people that are deliberately argumentative on Twitter. I just find 140 characters difficult to have a heated debate on. Too much room for misinterpretation

@smbizceo Broken links. Make sure you double check links before you post them. I hate getting excited to see something only to click over and find the link is broken.

@nialldevitt I dislike when I see people lack respect on there, we’re all people at the end of the day

@_Sians Constant “profound” quotes from “profound” people… gets boring!!

What we Like seeing on Twitter:-

@CliffHouseHotel Humour. Photos. Information on Social Media. #tweetsinthreewords

@encouragxcellns Love seeing success tweeted and shared – shows what SM is all about.

@denisefay I like the conversations that you can strike up..and the smiles.. It’s the instant communication that I like

@smbizceo I like seeing things of a positive nature. Social media should be fun so anything negative puts a damper on things

@garrendennyLane love the way hashtags are used to bring people together with common interests and to promote events.

@tannerydungarva I like networking and twitterbuddies that turn into friends

@frankbradley I like people giving useful answers to my questions (shout outs)

@lynneallbutt I like seeing that people appreciate the connections they make via Twitter – sharing is caring

@elainerogers I like to see obvious rapport develop in as little as 140 characters, enforces human interaction

@Henparty I like seeing good news shared

@dungarvanbrewco Striking up conversations, relationships, connections and reading witty, interesting and insightful tweets

@fionaashe I love to see personalities expressed in tweets, positive language being used, tweeps supporting each other, innovative tweets, fun banter

@eunicepower Items of interest to me – for example @italianfoodie’s story on how many calories are in their pizza

@cottages_ie I like seeing nice pictures being shared – of holidays, pets, fun times

@ballymountaccs Like the immediate reaction to a question, comment or conversation

@justretweetcom I like to see people sharing useful stuff that will benefit other people reading it

@_Sians It’s great to see happy, positive people on Twitter – it helps to spread the good feeling

@writeontrack_L Love the way friendships can start on twitter. I met Marie (now a biz partner) on twitter

@smallbiztrends People responding to requests for product recommendations or referrals of good service providers

@deStress_Mag I love the amazing, quirky, funny, informative tweets that often pop up and the creative minds that create a belly laugh in 140 characters

@SannWood I like to see people highlighting/pointing to useful content and/or newsworthy items.

@3keyscoach Like seeing people actually chatting with one another and participating in chats

@_Sians I like to see people being generous helping other tweeters with questions they need answered

I hope the above lists have helped some people and I’m sure there are lots more likes and dislikes waiting to be shared so please let me know in the comments below.

Image: “Cartoon Blue Bird Sing/Shutterstock

Sian Phillips is the Managing Editor of and Content Editor on Sian is also the accountant for her clients and but is moving more and more into the content editing world; proofreading and editing blog posts, eBooks, novels and anything that is written. With over 25 years’ worth of experience in business and accounting Sian provides help to her clients with accounting and credit control. The other half of Sian’s day is spent working in the Social Media space; proofreading, copyediting, sharing posts and advice or conducting interviews for She is a qualified Accountant with an Honours Diploma in Journalism too.

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  • Hi Sian, some great Twitter insights here & thanks for putting this post together. I really wish I had more time to spend on Twitter, it’s such a wonderful tool for starting relationships 🙂

  • Awesome feedback about what is wrong with Twitter at times. It’s nice to see honest feedback from people that can’t stand with a simple reminder to not do that. Thanks Sian! 

  • Thank Sonia – I’m glad you liked it

  • Thanks Niall – and thankfully you are on Twitter or I wouldn’t have met you….or Bloggertone 🙂

  • Staci

    Excellent collection of do’s and don’ts!

  • Hi Sian,

    The above positive and negatives just goes to show that Twitter brings out the best, and worst, of society, just like any other platform. I do think Twitter is a great tool – I just wish I had more time to fully utilize it!

  • Thanks for the comment Marshall and you’re so right about the best and worst – like life in general I guess 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Hi Sian,

    Great list of the like’s and dislike’s. It was great to see how many people talk about making connections and building relationships.

    Thanks for including my contributions. 

  • Thanks Elli – it is good to see people building relationships on Twitter. I know I have. 

  • Gina Battle

    Hello Sian,
    This is an outstanding source of information. I’m grateful you took the time to put it together to educate, inform and inspire all users to be courteous and continue to be as generous in the relationship building. This is an admirable contribution to social networking. Thank you.

  • Hi Gina, thanks for the lovely comment. Glad you liked the post

  • HI Sian – thanks for taking the time and effort to put this together above – and nice to see it’s appreciated below!

    Having only recently joined the SN revolution with my new company, and as love sharing useful info when people want to know and they can use it to help themsleves, it’s so refreshing and positive to see and hear so many folk sharing and caring.

    Loving the number of responses about arguments and negativity – yes, this should be a fun medium, so let’s get positive rather than downing, and use it as a force for good!!!
    Great insights and well worth remembering.

  • Thank you – glad you liked it

  • Man! Talk about sucking all the fun out of twitter!

  • That’s some great compilation, Sian! I couldn’t agree more to absolutely ALL the points jotted in both the sections. Twitter, is definitely an enormous source of information and great knowledge. I just can’t be thankful to the inventors, more for making it more and more useful every day. 

    And as great things have their own odds, there are some aspects of Twitter usage that is quite annoying and often offending. One thing I dislike (hate!) about some so-called-Twitter-celebrities is the profanity they use about targeted communities, celebrities or absolutely anybody. The other thing is those long and incomprehensible #hashtags. They’re simply annoying and a complete put-off!

    In all, a great compilation and thank you for this article!

  • I try to avoid things that I don’t like to see. It scrolls away so quickly anyway, so I don’t mind. I don’t like fake bots and accounts, linking to bad stuff.

  • Thanks Rahul – completely in agreement with you too. Glad you liked the post and thanks for the Retweet

  • I’m the same – prefer not to see it but sometimes it’s just not needed. Fake bots are very annoying too. Thanks for the comment 🙂

  • I have another dislike to add – something that happened to me this morning. I was discussing a street I lived on back in Wales many years ago with 2 other people who had lived on the street too. And a tweeter jumped in with a map pointing to that road name (but in Cork) so nothing to do with the conversation. I thought it was a bot but now I’m not sure. I thought it was quite rude and also not relevant. But maybe that’s just me.

  • Thanks for wonderful compilation. Sometimes it is important to be reminded about the things we already know. Your post has just done that. 🙂 Keep sharing more and more wonderful tips/ 

  • Thank you for your comment. I’m glad you liked it

  • Thing that drives me crazy on Twitter: endless RTs. Celebrities are the worst for this and it clogs up my feed with annoying junk.

    What I really like: links to interesting content and ideas I would not have found otherwise. Am learning so much thanks to people who do this well

  • jennykaypollock

    Great article — It’s great to have a reminder about hat works and what doesn’t!

  • genojoan

    I’m a newbie on Twitter and see a few “dislikes” in my approach so far.  I also see in your post things that I like about what other Tweeters are doing.  Great advice and thanks for putting this out there for better Tweeting. (Now I’ll start including some photos now, like the attached pict of my 5-yr-old grandson who used to be afraid of horses.)

  • John – thanks. Across the pond we use the deer in the headlights analogy, hmmm, I like rabbits better. Yes, self-belief in your ability to achieve is critical. And, by the looks of things, you seem to be doing a great job.

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    Thanks for sharing your story and, best of all, your solutions! Good for you for booking that holiday! You illustrate how important it is for people to design something that fits their personality, interests and needs. As a formerly avid reader, I love how you can shut off from work with a book. Running a stable and successful business does take time we used to spend doing other things but it remains that grabbing some of that time for ourselves has an ROI of its own.

  • Thanks for appreciating my article, Praveen. Keep on reading my posts and i will keep on updating you with all the latest updates related to technology.

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