twitter etiquette for new users
- replying is how you make friends! reply to anything you want and be friendly. don’t make rude jokes if you’re not friends already though!
- quote retweeting is a no-no. when you “retweet with a comment” it’s not liked by content creators because it makes a new tweet out of their tweet and they don’t get the likes and retweets they would get if you’d just retweeted it straight up. if you want to comment on a retweet, reply to it or post a new tweet starting with “LRT” which stands for “last retweet” (it’s fine to quote retweet dumb memes and so on.)
- you can make your tweets private. this means no one but your followers will be able to see what you post and no one will be able to retweet your content. you can switch back and forth between private and public at will. some people make a separate private account to tweet personal stuff and let mutuals follow it only. it’s a good way to keep things separate.
- what is privatter? privatter is a third party web app that content creators can allow to be attached to their twitter. it lets them tweet content that they can make exclusive to logged in users, followers, mutuals, or a specific list of users. as long as you are logged in to twitter and fall into the intended category, you’ll be able to see it.
- you can mute people you follow. (and those you don’t, ofc.) you can also mute words and phrases and entire conversations. if you mute someone you follow and they reply to you, that reply will still show up in your notifications. it’s a good way to keep the peace!
- you can limit notifications to people who follow you or to mutuals. (notifications from people you follow will still show up regardless of which option you’ve selected.)
- miscellaneous tips and warnings: if you accidentally unfollow and refollow someone, it won’t show up in their notifications as long as it’s within a couple minutes. no more accidental stuff. everyone can see who everyone follows so watch out. people will know if you unfollow. if you want to report someone and want them gone forever, report a tweet where they used a curse word. screenshotting tweets for harassment is a no-no and can get you banned. don’t be lame. don’t be a dick. vaguing others is generally really bad form and so is complaining about content within a fandom you’re in. use the mute tools at your disposal and don’t be a spoiler. you won’t come back from a rep like that and everyone sees everything.
that’s it! happy tweeting!!
how do i keep all my content together on twitter?
- threads are your best friend!! you make a tweet with your commission info and links and so on and pin it to the top of your page. then reply to that tweet with a copy and pasted link to the tweet where you posted the art/fic/etc you want to not lose. reply to that new tweet with the next piece of artwork and so on. you can also make a unique hashtag for your content to use when you post, so that when you search that hashtag later you’re able to see just your art. good luck!
Oh this is good to know. I have no idea how twitter works really.
Totally disagree on the quote tweeting thing. Most Twitter users are savvy enough to know that they can interact with the original content by clicking through. It also gives the original poster and opportunity to promote their content by RTing and liking the quote, thus bolstering impressions and interactions which works alongside the algorithm for highlights/while you were away/in case you missed it notifications. The quote tweet can and will get you more impressions and interactions and is the best way to have a conversation show up on your followers’ timelines.
Also Moments are a thing and they are excellent for portfolios. People can easily scroll through all of your work from different times and the moment itself can be tweeted and pinned. As your thread grows in length, replies can be hidden and sometimes threads glitch and disconnect in certain spots. Some people also exclusively use their “likes” as a way to categorize work, while others use unique hashtags and bookmarking.
Not to mention that LRT doesn’t work because twitter likes to re-arrange items in the …in case you missed it section so they will actually get even less context than a quoted tweet.