Don’t Be Lazy on Twitter

Listen up, guys, I have something important to talk to you about today. Twitter etiquette is our subject. Now, I’ve seen a number of book bloggers write about Twitter etiquette. Some of the advice I don’t agree with, and some I do. For the most part, I don’t give a shit how you choose to comport yourself on Twitter.

It’s your twitter. Swear up a storm, post endless pictures of your pets (unless you’re Shae, because OMG that tarantula is terrifying), quote lyrics to songs forever, discuss your love of Justin Bieber. Actually, I do all but one of these things. My point is, it’s your space and you’re allowed to say what you want. I don’t care because I do not have to follow you if your tweets bore or anger me.

Where I do get frustrated is with the stuff that I can’t help but see: the tweets that come to me. Now, I try to be a really nice person on the interwebs. For a while, I really did respond to every tweet I got, and I still respond to a lot of them. However, my patience is wearing thin with people being lazy as fuck on Twitter.

Are you fucking kidding me

What do I mean by that? Here are some examples.

Scenario #1:

Me: Check out my review of THIS BOOK: hyperlink.
Person: Oooh, I’m curious about that. What did you think?

Where did this person go wrong? THERE IS A LINK RIGHT THERE TO MY THINKING ON THIS BOOK. Don’t ask for an opinion that is right there, asking for you to click on it. But but but I’m on my phone/at work and I can’t look at blogs! Then favorite that shit and look later. The whole point of writing up the review is for people to use that. I do not have to summarize my feels in 140 characters for everyone on Twitter.

Scenario #2:

Me: Authors, maybe it’s not a good idea to send a review request that doesn’t include any book information.

Person: WHAT HAPPENED?

Literally, all of the information is right there in the tweet. I got a review request that said nothing about the book. The end.

are you serious

Scenario #3:

Me: I’m reading Y Book with a Unique Title and it’s so good!

Person: Who is that by?

Another Person: Goodreads Link?

Come on, guys. I just went to google and did a search for this title and BAM FIRST SEARCH RESULT IS GOODREADS. Also, if you search within Goodreads, it’s the only book that comes up when you type in that title. You are just as capable of googling information as I am. I promise.

Scenario #4:

Me: I love kdrama!

Twit: What is kdrama?

Other person: I don’t know what that is.

Again, GOOGLE. If I name a movie or television show or a term that you don’t know, Google is your friend. To the second person there, they’re not even interested, so why are they talking to me at all. Like, thanks, person, I’m thrilled that I now know that you do not know what kdrama is and that you don’t care. Fascinating.

Scenario #5:

Me: Long series of interrelated ranty tweets.

A flood of people: What happened? OR I don’t understand. OR ??? OR This point in this one tweet is wrong (totally out of context).

Guys, I’m clearly in the middle of something here, and if you care enough to be asking questions, than care enough to scroll. Literally, my best possible response to these is going through and tweeting links to multiple other tweets. Is this effective? NO. Now, I do acknowledge that actual twitter makes following conversations difficult, but it’s REALLY easy on Tweetdeck 95% of the time. Maybe you need to find a new app with which to read Twitter. When the rant juices are flowing, I don’t have time to stop and reiterate everything to 30 different people. Plus, I probably said something in 10 tweets that you want summed up in 140 characters minus your twitter handle. I can’t do this.

These are my biggest annoyances using Twitter. I used to answer every single one of these politely, but I honestly don’t have time for this. If you can find the answer easily yourself, do. If you’re unable to due to a temporary circumstance, say you’re sorry but this one time you can’t look it up yourself. It’s not like I unfollow or block or bitch at people for doing this once, but I am letting everybody know that I will be ignoring all tweets to which answers are so readily available. I do not want half my tweets to be links to Let Me Google That for You.

ain't nobody got time

I totally understand that probably very few of these people mean anything by asking and it may not seem mean or rude. However, if you really think about it, the implication is that MY time is worth less than theirs. Clearly they are too busy to take the time to Google or search Goodreads themselves, but I have endless amounts of free time because my job and blog do themselves. When I respond to tweets, I often google or read back through the tweet history first. It’s not bad, I promise. If you’re truly that busy, what are you doing responding to my tweet anyway?

Maybe some of these people just don’t know how to interact with me, but this is not the way to go about it. Show your personality! Recommend a kdrama or a book that you think I might like, based on whatever tweet you’re responding to. If it’s a rant, go to the beginning and then add your thoughts on the subject. For the love of all that is amusing, tweet me something to which the most succinct response is not merely a link. This is the one thing I ask of you.

24 responses to “Don’t Be Lazy on Twitter”

  1. I am dying laughing. *bows down* You are EPIC. So glad you posted this.
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  2. Morgan says:

    Amen to all of this!! I always scroll through tweet convo histories, maybe even to a stalkerish level (kidding) but only because I don’t want to seem dumb or reiterate something that has already been said. It’s SO easy to google things! I don’t blame you at all for ignoring these kind of tweets. My other favorite is when people tweet “Hey Twitter! I missed lots of stuff today, anything happen?” Uhhh…. go read your twitter timeline o_o Or this sports specific one: “Twitter, what’s the score of the game right now?” OH MY GOD YOU’RE ON TWITTER, I’M SURE IT’S ON THERE ALREADY. Or again, google. ESPN. Anything but asking other people lol.

  3. Oh my goodness, this post is heaven. I scroll a lot. I middle click all those profiles and look for tweets that were tweeted before the one that got me interested.

    Thankfully, no one has annoyed me this much yet, but I sure will be if someone asks me something that can easily be googled. It won’t take longer than a minute, darling, use it!
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  4. I definitely know what you mean I loved this post so much! I know that the people sending the tweets mean well and they don’t mean to be rude, but sometimes I get a little frustrated when someone tweets me “what author is that” or a question like that where google is a great way to solve your problem! Like I don’t usually try to ask anybody a question about something unless the question is something that I either can’t find on Google or is un-Googleable (which is rare because Google has everything). And I checked that Let Me Google That For You site and it’s hilarious lol! It’s adorable I just can’t even *wastes the next two hours clicking that link*
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  5. Ashley says:

    Yes, yes, yes. Lol. This is perfect.
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  6. YES TO ALL OF THIS. Dear God, how hard is it for some people to wait until later when they can look up stuff themselves or do their own research? I especially hate it when people ask me for the author’s name if I choose to leave it out. When I do, there’s usually a good reason: I don’t want them coming across it looking for instances of their name on Twitter.

    Hell, this applies to Goodreads too. I can’t how many times I was tempted to scream GO LOOK, IT’S NOT THAT HARD TO FIND or WAIT A FUCKING MINUTE AND I’LL SHOW YOU after I put a book on my BBA shelf. I ain’t got no more patience for that shit.

  7. Nara says:

    While I’m pretty sure I’ve never done any of those things to you on Twitter, my apologies if I have!

    I think the only circumstances where I would actually ask would be if I’ve already Googled it/looked through someone’s timeline and not found any results. Like, the other day I tried googling “phase shift” (apparently a term from X-men) and got nothing but maths mumbo jumbo. Still don’t know what it means lol.

    p.s. kind of irrelevant to the post, but have you seen the kdrama I Hear Your Voice/I Can Hear Your Voice? It’s freaking amazing. All the feels πŸ˜€
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  8. Savannah says:

    Hahaha This is great. I’ve seen plenty of Twitter ettiquette posts on other blogs before, but none of them have been dealing with a problem so… unnecessary! Maybe we can just give these poor souls the benefit of the doubt, and think they were just incredibly shy, incredibly lonely Twitter users who really wanted to talk to you, and felt like they needed an obvious opening to do that? πŸ™‚ Lol, I don’t know how their minds work, but seriously, it sounds like the fleet of Captain Obvious definitely needs to stay away from your Twitter.
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  9. tonyalee says:

    LMAO this is great.

    I am cracking up over #4 because I KNOW I have done that to you (on a different subject, but same scenario) >.<

  10. This is such a hilariously awesome post! As someone new(ish) to blogging & interacting with other bloggers, I can’t get enough of “please get your stuff together and do things properly” posts from established bloggers. Thanks for the tips, Christina!
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  11. Christy says:

    Hahaha!! Love this πŸ™‚ I’m not really sure what a kdrama is. Google, here I come πŸ˜‰
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  13. Ahahah this post is so funny! I scroll through EVERYONE’S tweets when i see even one tweet they’ve written that ”interests” me..i’m kind of a stalker…
    AND, that Let Me Google That For You link is AMAZING. *spends hours on it*
    I have no idea what a kdrama is although i have seen LOADS of people talking about i recently..*googles it*
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  14. I think I did some of these things when I just started Twitter. Twitter is CRAZY scary when you just start and this might seem like a save way to connect with people. But, I can definitely see why it’s annoying. I luckily don’t have these kind of tweets, but I don’t think I would reply to all of them. I love the gifs πŸ™‚
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  15. Kelly says:

    I think that, like Mel, I might have done some of these when I first started using Twitter, as a way to infiltrate a conversation casually. Repeat offenders/veteran Twitter users, however, have no excuses.

    I get so annoyed (in general) with questions that people ask that they could have found out for themselves. Happens all the time at work; when someone makes a point to drive themselves all the way to my store, to ask me a question that I then Google an answer to, I feel like slapping a bitch. It’s quickly becoming a pet peeve. Everyone feels entitled to having their hand held, these days it seems.
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  16. Meg says:

    HELLO JOHN WATSON GIF.
    Sorry, had to get that out of the way.

    More apologies, I know I’ve done all of these things to you before. My bad. I am lazy but I’m trying to work on that.

    (While I understand your reluctance to constantly be sending people Let Me Google That For You links, it woooould be hilarious. And maybe help people learn. Maybe. Probably not, people tend to resist learning, I know this because I am one.)
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  20. In some cases, I disagree with you about people asking these questions just being lazy. If someone saw I’d reviewed a book and asked me what I thought, I’d take that as a great conversation opener. I’d send one or two tweets back summarizing my thoughts and ask if they’d read it. On the other hand, someone asking you to send them a goodreads link is a complete moron who should learn to use the internet. So rude!

  21. Jenni says:

    “THERE IS A LINK RIGHT THERE TO MY THINKING ON THIS BOOK!’ *dies*

    OMG I totally asked you on Twitter one day what kdrama was. *hangs head in shame*

    I get what you mean, Twitter frustrates me some days to the point that I won’t even log on.
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  22. This is such a good post! It annoys me when people can’t be bothered to click the link on Twitter, and the biggest problem I have is when they see I’ve rated it something and assume I did or didn’t like it based of that, when it’s not as simple as ‘liked’ or ‘didn’t like’. There’s so much laziness out there, and it’s a real shame. I feel you Christina, I really do!
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  23. Lyn Kaye says:

    I am guilty of the “rant” one because I am usually out of the loop. I laughed at the other points. Chrome even makes it easier to Google stuff. Highlight it and right click and one of the options is to Google what you highlighted.
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  24. Krys says:

    This post made me giggle, because it’s so relatable!

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