Following yesterday’s post on the increased scam level in Twitter, here are 10 tips to safe Twittering.
1. Friends and Followers – be selective about who you follow. If someone is following way more people than they have followers then it may be best to avoid them. They could be “Follow Spammers” more interested in gaining exposure than in finding interesting Tweets.
2. Before you follow someone, check out their recent Tweets to see if they are of interest to you before you add them (or of interest at all).
3. Keep a limit on the number of Twitterers you follow. If you are following too many people then you’re simply going to suffer from information overload and you won’t be able to find the gems so easily.
4. Don’t click on a link from anyone you don’t know or trust. Many Twitterers use TinyURL or similar to shorten URLs (I do) but this camouflages the true source so you don’t know what your clicking on. These could be disguised links to potentially dangerous sites or viral downloads so be careful, or you get a Mac.
5. Monitor the Tweetosphere and make sure you are aware of anyone who mentions you so that it comes to your attention and you can be ready to counter any adverse Twittering.
6. Read the Twitter blog for updates and information on malware and spam issues.
7. Secure your Twitter name. Get a Twitter profile in your business name before someone else does. Thanks to Pimp McFly for that one.
8. Use your common sense when Twittering and remember that most of these announcements can be seen by anyone and everyone. You don’t really have to tell announce that you’re away from home.
9. If someone you’re following overloads you with spam then use the Twitter block at the right of the side panel to block them and let Twitter know too.
10. Call on the community. If something adverse does happen then make your community aware of it. You will be amazed at the support, advice and action of the collective.