Nothing says, “I’m new here,” like having no updates. People want to see a reason to follow you. Show them.
2. The default avatar (color doesn’t matter).
See No. 1. If it’s not worth the 30 seconds it takes for you to upload a photo, why should anyone give you two seconds to follow you.
3. Accounts that have all tweets starting with RT.
Yes. Twitter is about sharing, but an RT (retweet) only shows what others have created. Add your own thoughts. Provide some original content from you.
4. Private accounts.
Seriously? Let the few friends I have with private accounts explain it to you, but why would you even want to be on an open sharing platform like Twitter and not let people see what you’re sharing? Maybe you should stick with Facebook.
5. Tweeting only your own blog posts.
We all know you are the best writer in the world and create amazing work for us to read—or do we? If you do nothing except tweet your own stuff, no one will get a chance to know you as more than a self-pimping creep.
6. RT-ing yourself.
Got to admit, I do this on occasion—and cringe every time. Whether you RT from your own account or another account you manage, it’s bad form.