I tweet. A lot.
I know that for some people, especially those who follow a relatively small number of people. my tweets can be overwhelming and sometimes annoying.
And a few weeks ago, I got an email from someone who let me know that she was sick of it, especially as it pertained to #Fitblog, a hashtag that can generate several thousand tweets in an hour.
I explained that there are several ways to try and block the tweetstream:
- Muuter.com, which allows you to temporarily mute or ignore specific people, hashtags, keywords or other data
- Filtering out the hashtag and/or specific people on Tweetdeck
- Unfollowing me (sad)
- Staying off of Twitter during our peak chat times on Tuesday nights (not good advice, but I had to throw it out there)
But none of the options seemed good to her, and I understand why. She would either have to allow a third party application to access her account (Muuter) or change her own behavior.
She gave me a suggestion back — to encourage people to start accounts JUST for taking part in #Fitblog, so she and others could continue to follow main accounts but not get sucked into the crazy Twitter streams that happen during chats.
I don’t think that works, either, because I’d be asking people to run multiple accounts, and it would defeat the main purpose, which is giving people exposure to lots of new friends (and bigger followings, too!).
All of this led me to ask my own Twitter followers what their biggest pet peeves are when it comes to hashtags, and they had some interesting answers:
Now I want to know what YOU think? What are your pet peeves on Twitter, especially as it pertains to hashtags? What rules would you write if you could?
More interesting reading from others:
- Why I Unfollow People Who Use Hashtags (and the follow-up, I Get Older; The Blog Entries Stay the Same)
- Hertfordshire Police Commit Twitter Hashtag Fail (maybe one of my favorite stories ever)