I bloody love Twitter but..

Okay, so I am in serious danger of turning into one of those people who try to tell others how to use social media here. But stuff it.

Twitter. I bloody love Twitter. It’s no secret. But just lately I seem to be inundated (okay, it happens about five or six times a day so maybe not inundated but you get the drift) with people demanding that I retweet this, retweet that. And do you know what? It really hacks me off.

If I want to retweet something, then I will. And I often do. Call me old fashioned but you know, something that makes me smile, something that I want to share, that kind of thing.

But when people (who normally aren’t even following me by the way) send messages along the lines of “MY PET DONKEY ONLY HAS ONE EAR. PLEASE RT THIS TO RAISE AWARENESS OF THIS TERRIBLE DISEASE” it really gets on my wick. And I’m sure I can’t be on my own on this one.

This morning I woke up to one such message. (Yes, I do check Twitter before I even get out of bed. Addicted, much?) The message was sent in BIG SHOUTY CAPITALS which annoys the hell out me anyway so they had already got my goat but when I checked their timeline, they had sent the same shouty demanding tweet to dozens of other people too. I won’t name them because to be fair, if it hadn’t have been them then it would have been somebody else, such is the trend for bombarding me with these things at the moment. It went along the lines of their child has an illness and they demanded that I retweet to raise awareness of it. The profile of the Twitter account didn’t link to any sort of charity or even a site explaining the illness. Am I missing something here? How does retweeting a shouty message to my 5000 and odd followers actually help their reportedly sick child? Baffling. There is in fact only one word to describe this and it is spam. And of course I reported and blocked them as I always do.

Call me cynical but I don’t think the kind of messages and tweets that I am moaning about here are anything to do with charity or raising awareness. Or if they are, they are going the wrong way about things. When did social media get so, well, anti-social? When did it become acceptable to SHOUT at somebody and demand that they retweet something?

Don’t get me wrong, I am a huge hugeย huge believer that social media can be used for social good. Just look at the campaigns that I have been involved with for UNICEF and Save The Children to name but two. In fact, anybody that follows me will know that I am more than happy to help charities spread the word when it is a cause that I truly support and can believe in. But blind retweets that actually have no real meaning? No. Just no.

Rant over. For today at least.

57 thoughts on “I bloody love Twitter but..

  1. Roman Filipowicz (@fritzromanov) says:

    The ones that annoy me are the blatant fishing for retweets. E.g. ‘RT if you have a nose’ or ‘RT this if you’re reading it on Twitter right now.’ Pathetic.

    If you want to be retweeted then write something informative or funny that we *want* to share.

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  2. seasiderinthecity says:

    I’m in total agreement and think I may have had the same tweet. I don’t get it and sadly it puts some people off retweeting the things that are specifically for a cause and really could do with being spread across twitter.
    And shouting, grrrr

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    • (Mostly) Yummy Mummy says:

      I think this one in particular was sent out to pretty much every parenting blogger from what I could see on their timeline so I bet it was the same one. And you’re right about putting people off retweeting things too.

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  3. Laura MacGill (@HaggisMummy) says:

    It’s like those Facebook “games” – on the stairs, I’m going to Bermuda for 10 months, purple, 7 inches. They TOTALLY WIND ME UP. Sorry, I was shouting there. Don’t get me started on the ones suggesting you raise Breast Cancer awareness by “keeping this one from the guys”.

    I agree- raise awareness by linking to a website, suggest everyone donate a fiver, volunteer for the charity for a couple of hours a month, write a blog about it. Just something that will actually make a difference.

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    • (Mostly) Yummy Mummy says:

      Exactly, I’m all for making a real difference but this just isn’t the way. Oh, and don’t get me started on those ridiculous Farcebook status games. I can see me going on to write a whole series of social media rants at this rate *jokes*

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  4. troubles' mum says:

    Completely agree. I’ve had a couple of requests, polite ones mind, from a profit-making venture (I will say no more) asking me to RT something with a link in it.

    First of all, I am very cautious of sharing something with my followers that could be, to my knowlegde, spam or bad links.

    Secondly I think NO, DAMN YOU! I will not be told how I share things with others. I will share something I have seen (assuming I’m interested enough to follow you in the first place), liked, and want to share with others, or because I have a good relationship with the tweeter.

    Otherwise, they can sod off. Well said!

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  5. Jools says:

    You won’t get any argument from me. Maybe I underestimate the power of a retweet sometimes, but when I read these pleading retweets, I wonder does anybody actually do more than glance and move on anyway !!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • (Mostly) Yummy Mummy says:

      I think there can be strength in retweeting something. Personally, I see it as a sign of approval from the person retweeting. But I do see what you mean and yes, the danger of constant retweeting is that people just skim over them on their timeline without even reading them, losing the point completely.

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  6. TheLazyGirlBlog says:

    That’s made me firghtened now- I’m hosting a get together online for Oxfam, and I’m hoping there will be lots of RTs on the night (enough to get it trending, that’s the goal). I’ve not actively asked anyone to RT by @ing them, so I hope that’s different! Otherwise sorry for the 3rd March x

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    • (Mostly) Yummy Mummy says:

      Completely different in my view! Retweeting to show real support for real charities can make a huge difference and I have seen so many successful social media campaigns for charities. I think my issue here is when there isn’t a real cause as it were. I don’t like the demanding bit, I think it’s just plain rude but my real issue is with the fact that these pointless retweets don’t actually create any real awareness. They are hollow tweets if you will.

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  7. mutteringsofafool says:

    My personal pet hate is the ones that say ‘RT this to prove how great twitter is or prove someone wrong’ also there has been a lot of ‘RT this for so and so who’s dying and trending is on their bucket list’. Really? Very cynical I’m afraid

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  8. Middle-Aged Matron says:

    Well said! Being a fairly new Twitter addict I haven’t suffered this too much, although I was peeved when one Tweeter suddenly followed me and immediately DM’d me asking me to retweet a generic tweet puffing his new book. I am similarly exasperated by people begging for help to reach xxx followers. If they’re good people will follow naturally. It’s not a race.
    PS could you please retweet my impending tweet about my death post on my blog!!
    PPS I’d like 400 followers please. Can you help!

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    • (Mostly) Yummy Mummy says:

      Yup I agree over the reaching xxx followers thing too. I never get when Twitter becomes a numbers game – surely it’s all about the conversation? Quality over quantity and all that – the numbers don’t actually mean anything!

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  9. Hannah Rachel Potter (@bubbleboo) says:

    I completely agree with you – in fact, when I tried to kindly point out to someone who was doing exactly that (plus lots of SHOUTY DMs) that it wasn’t the best way to further their cause, I was met with a whole load of abuse via e-mail. Which pissed me off even more, because I really was trying to help them out with the marketing of their book. Moral of the story? Report. And Block.

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    • (Mostly) Yummy Mummy says:

      Ahhh now you’re the second person to mention the book thing. And I remember receiving similar messages although not to the extent of abusive emails – unbelievable! Report and block is the only way, clearly!

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  10. Tara says:

    I totally and utterly agree.
    I would never ever do that to someone. It’s spam as far as I’m concerned and I ignore.
    And the capital, dear lord the capitals. What’s that all about? Totally AGGRESSIVE and makes me run for a cup of tea. In my equally awesome Twitter mug like yours in the picture! ๐Ÿ˜‰
    And yes, I had that same shouty request this morning too. I had to have TWO cups of tea to recover. And a biscuit. Or two

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  11. Cari Rosen (aka @cazroz) says:

    Isn’t it completely normal to check twitter before you get out of bed in the morning?!

    Totally agree with all of the above. RTs because you want to spread the word or it’s a friend or it’s made you laugh/scream/wet yourself etc But not because anyone tells you to.

    Big love from your tweety chum xx

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  12. Kate on Thin Ice says:

    Hiya
    Hope I don’t wind you up with this comment.
    Just thinking that due to your work with charities you might want to join the Charity Connections – Blogging It Forward group on Britmums

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  13. Mammasaurus says:

    ooo I feel your rage! I have just started getting these tweets – at first I thought ok I can do that – after all it’s just hitting RT and if it helps someone out. But as time had gone on I just feel that in the majority of cases it’s a bit spammy.
    Also if you are lucky enough to have a lot of followers then do you really want to fill their timelines with spammy RTs – nope ๐Ÿ˜€
    Maybe a generic ‘I don’t do RT requests’ response is needed ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Charities are a different case I agree.

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    • (Mostly) Yummy Mummy says:

      I know it is only a click of a button but it is all a bit spammy, isn’t it? Plus I think I am quite contrary and if somebody tells me what to do, I’m likely to do the opposite ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  14. Corinne says:

    I completely share your thoughts on this, I find it so annoying and do not think it helps. There are times when a friend asks for a rt on a question or something and then I will but not just for random junk.

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  15. queenofbiscuits says:

    I feel the same about #ff, I am not totally against them but think they should be used sparingly and with a reason. Hate huge lists of #ff just because its Friday.

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    • (Mostly) Yummy Mummy says:

      Yes I must admit, as lovely as it is to receive a #ff it is nice when it is used in the ‘proper’ way to actually recommend that you follow for a reason. I hate it when my timeline fills with lists and lists of the things. It takes away from the meaning I think. God I sound grumpy, don’t I?!

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  16. Kara says:

    I’m wondering if I’m thinking of the same person!!
    I’m fed up with seeing people harassing celebs too – please RT this you will make me day. “Hello”? The celeb won’t have read the tweet, Infact barely acknowledged it if not ignored it. If it is RT’d it’s probably a poor harassed assistant!
    And Spammers – please twitter – sort it out. Presses Delete and Block again!

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  17. mummy_ethal says:

    Oh I agree hun. I always check the other tweets sent and then report and block them. But my TL is full of them so much that I miss the tweets that I actually want to read! Sure there are more like us … maybe we should start a trend?

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  18. Rachel says:

    Completely agree! I hate it when I’m asked to RT something from someone who doesn’t even follow me, when I’m ‘told’ to follow someone in a messaage they’ve sent me and those blasted automated DN’s when you follow certain people.

    I RT if it’s something I like or something I think others should know about!!

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  19. Fishfingers for tea says:

    Yes, this! It’s getting to the stage now where my timeline can be full of retweeted cr*p and I ignore most of it. I’ve also been asked to RT things via DM when I haven’t even said ‘Hello’ to the person before (I suspect this is the same book thing mentioned above!). I don’t like being shouted at and I don’t like being told what to do. Oh, and as for checking twitter before getting out of bed, perfectly normal!

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    • (Mostly) Yummy Mummy says:

      Oh wow so many of us had the book thing! How annoying! You’d think that they would have taken the hint?! And yes, I’m with you. I’m sick to death of my timeline being full of rubbish pointless retweets. It’s not what Twitter is meant to be about. (Or not for me it isn’t, anyway!)

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  20. Midlifes Singlemum says:

    I totally agree with you and all of the comments above. I’d just like to add my pet peve of jokes and thoughts sent by email (often very funny or moving and rather nice) which then tell you to send them to x number of people to prove that you are a good friend or some other such nonsense. I will decide if I want to pass something on or not thank you – and you can be sure I won’t if I’m told to. Also jokes which require you to scroll down for half a mile for the punchline whilst reading: wait for it….you’re gonna love this….etc…

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  21. Nickie says:

    Yes, YES and thrice YES!!
    And what Kara said re the celeb retweets. In fact, I mentioned it once on twitter and got jumped upon by a number of “prolific tweeters” to say that asking for RT’s from a celeb can be a positive activity say when a child is missing or to raise awareness. I still disagree.

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  22. From fun to mum says:

    this post is genius! This is what I got today: someone is doing a blog about getting free manicures and what not, with the details of the places in big bold capital letters. They asked me to READ AND RT!!! Capital! Why would I RT? I was already pissed off at myself for reading it! Very annoying!

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  23. Honest Mum says:

    I agree, yes there are better ways to go about getting exposure and I think it’s the way (well the way I feel) I can’t say no to people requesting RT’s. I’m going to follow your lead and be strong. Just so you know, if you tweet about this post I will totally RT it x

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  24. Kate Buckley says:

    Completely agree and I end up thinking badly of the charity or cause for constantly harrassing me. Its the same with ‘Chuggers’ who come to your door at the most inconvenient moment and try and bully you in to giving the price of a coffee each month. I’m a SAHM and can’t afford to drink coffee out. You’ve just inspired me to do a mass follow of annoying tweeters .

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  25. Icklebabe says:

    Totally agree wifey , although I get more porn spam than anything else, maybe it’s what I tweet about,.,although Im hardly risquรฉ ๐Ÿ˜‰ and while we’re on the subject I do SO miss, less popular, lark about with you mates twitter. Seems like most people have an agenda no adays , we twitter dinosaurs must stick together…. Charity or no charity , spam is spam …wether its save the donkey or porno pam …it’s all still chopped pork ๐Ÿ˜‰

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