Three steps to Heaven

Back in August I finally got around to writing the ‘Corporate Twitter Guide’ they’d been on at me to produce. Being the sort of guy I am, I actually did it in twenty tweets.

Because I’ve just spent five minutes looking for it so I could point colleagues, who will be twittering in my absence, to it, I thought I should also post it somewhere more easily searchable.

So here you go. Please feel free to copy, re-use or remix as you see fit:

Richard’s Guide to Corporate Twitter Etiquette

  1. The point of tweeting—as with all social media—is to drive traffic to the site & bring it to the attention of potential new customers.
  2. We try to achieve this by building a community and a network around
    our social media activities.
  3. Communities are built on trust. People trust other people; it is important to maintain personal connections while remaining professional.
  4. People trust you to share interesting and relevant content; trust that you will respect other members of the community.
  5. Therefore, your tweets should be enticing and catchy, but never misleading. You are publishing: always factcheck; never libel.
  6. Your own voice is important—try to become a trustworthy voice of the company. We all have different voices and this is good.
  7. You are speaking on behalf of the company. Say ‘we’ when appropriate, and don’t write anything you wouldn’t repeat in the boardroom.
  8. Add value. Are you making the company look good? Are you interesting to other people? Are you putting the company before yourself?
  9. Through your tweets, your links and your conversations, give people a reason to follow our twitter account. See #1.
  10. Check what other company tweeters have just written. Duplicate tweets are good, if there’s at least few hours between them.
  11. Try to keep your tweets to about 100-120 characters, not 140. This gives people room to retweet and comment on your gems.
  12. Use hashtags responsibly, on keywords, e.g. #Ecology #RCT #Vaccination. Don’t overdo it: #This #is #silly. Examples follow:
  13. “Congratulations to F1000 Members @lauramenenti and Peter Hagoort on ‘Shared Language’ #psychology #fMRI”
  14. “Section Head Regina Fölster-Holst wins first prize in German science #communication competition”

  15. “Retweet for the other hemisphere: on the importance of good note-keeping #retractions”
  16. Follow interesting people back, but don’t feel you have to follow everybody. Don’t set an autoresponse for new followers.
  17. Engage: take time to respond to people who ‘@’ you. Reply to and retweet interesting tweets from others.
  18. Together, @s and RTs should take up no more than 66% of your output; and you should send fewer RTs than @s.
  19. Be polite and courteous at all times; even when you’re arguing with a muppet. Again, see #1.
  20. Punctuate. Try not 2 use txt spk. Rephrase rather than mangle the English language. And don’t swear. Ever. Even in jest.
  21. Have fun.

(Original on Twitter and G+.)

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3 Responses to Three steps to Heaven

  1. Charlesk says:

    Good stuff. I’ll put this up on the wall by the social bunnies pod.

  2. ricardipus says:

    Have you advised Tideliar of the last bit of #19?

  3. rpg says:

    CK, most welcome.
    R’p: no, but he doesn’t tweet corporately, does he?

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