Good practices to improve communication on this social network

Some tips that may be useful when posting comments on Twitter

I have been on Twitter for 16 years and in all this time I have been acquiring a certain experience when it comes to knowing how to publish.

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Of course, although I have more than 35,000 followers, I am far from being what some call an "influencer." I do not intend, therefore, to create a school with these tips, but to point out some good practices that I think can be useful to avoid confusion and unnecessary problems, and above all to avoid wasting time on that social network, in which at the moment I can still say that my account has never been suspended.

These tips are suitable for any normal user (after all, I am a simple blogger), but I think they can be especially useful for communicators, public figures, etc., whose messages have a relevance that what the rest of us write lacks:

  1. Prudence. This should be the golden rule of every tweeter when publishing any message on that social network. And what does prudence consist of? I refer to the definition given by a great man, the Polish Pope Saint John Paul II, in 1978: "he prudent man, who strives for everything that is really good, endeavours to measure every thing, every situation and his whole activity according to the yardstick of moral good."
  2. Avoid the rush. A piece of advice related to the previous point. Hurries are always bad advisors. It is better to take some time to think carefully about what you are going to write.
  3. Quality is better than quantity. There are people who believe that the best thing on Twitter is to publish many messages. It isn't true. The best thing is to post good messages. It is better to publish little and good than much and bad.
  4. Clarity. When you write a message, try to think about how people are going to interpret it and try to be clear when explaining what you are going to say, in order not to give rise to confusion as far as possible. the possible. If what you want to say is not well expressed with a single message, open a thread to better develop what you are going to say. In my case, what I generally do is link to my blog articles, where I have much more space to explain myself.
  5. Read more than you write. Spend more time reading what others publish and searching for sources of information than writing. This should be another golden rule on Twitter. The more you read, the more information you will have to write something in good condition.
  6. Look for good arguments. If you are trying to communicate ideas, proposals or solutions to others, you should look for good arguments to support them. This often involves spending time searching for those arguments.
  7. No insults or foul words. This is very personal advice. Both on this blog and on my social networks, I try to resist the temptation to use profanity or insult others, even if my body tells me to do so. Insults and bad words litter the Internet and can sometimes get you into legal trouble if they are insults.
  8. Do not give in to provocations. On Twitter it is common to find a type of user, trolls, who dedicate themselves to provoking others through insidiousness, insults or harassment. Don't fall for their provocations. They want you to lower yourself to their level to expose yourself. Toxic users like these are better to block.
  9. Do not use Twitter to vent. If you have had a bad day, if you have slept badly, if you are nervous or irascible, do not use Twitter to try to release those bad moods. The rest of the people do not know your personal situation and may interpret your message as a hostile attitude. Furthermore, when someone is in these conditions, they usually say things that they later regret.
  10. If you have made a mistake, rectify it. It is human nature to make mistakes and it is wise to rectify them. The unfortunate thing is not to rectify when you know you have made a mistake. On Twitter you have the opportunity to delete a message if you made a mistake when writing it. If deletion no longer solves the problem because the message has already been widely disseminated, acknowledging the error is the fairest and bravest thing to do.

I hope these tips are of some use to you. If you want to contribute any more, you can do so in the comments of this post.


Photo: Kaitlyn Baker.

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