The beauty of Twitter - and indeed all forms of social media that are accessible in the modern world - is that everybody gets an opportunity to say what they want to say without any filtering. Twitter users can garner a following, gather a network of online fans and friends, talk about what they want and express whatever opinions they want until their hearts are content.
But Twitter can also be a curse - at least for the people who have to put up with those who abuse it to the point that they need banning from all forms of social media for life.
For every informative, intelligent, friendly user who isn't stuck so far up their own backside that they can see what they ate for breakfast, there are at least ten idiots whose illiterate online input is enough to make you tear your own eyes out - or at least it seems that way.
In this article, we're going to highlight a number of ways in which Twitter can be annoying, by listing some of the worst things Twitter users (quite possibly YOU) put out there for all to see. Here are the fifteen types of tweets we all hate seeing (unless you're one of the people who tweet them. In which case take note!).
15 Inspirational Quotes
Inspirational quotes are fine. They're great, in fact. Well, they can be, when they come from inspirational people.
14 "Bored" Selfies
Selfies are a part of modern life - that we have been forced to accept. Heck, the word "selfie" has been added to the dictionary, so what choice do we have? And, of course, Twitter is full of them.
13 Irrelevent Hashtags
People seem to have forgotten what hashtags are for. The purpose of the hashtag in social media circles is to highlight trending words so that other users can identify tweets/statuses about a particular topic - for example, if there was a big fire in London, you might hashtag "#LondonFire" so that others can identify what you are saying about a hot news topic.
12 Too Many Hashtags
On a strongly related note to the last point, some people - regardless of whether or not they are using their hashtags in the correct manner - abuse the privilege by simply using too many of them.
11 The Sub-Tweet
Sub-tweets are completely pointless, get the culprit nowhere and achieve nothing - and yet Twitter is absolutely full of them. To elaborate (if you didn't already know), a sub-tweet is a tweet directed at one person in particular without actually naming or tagging that person in said tweet.
10 Begging For Retweets & Favourites
Some people on Twitter simply get a kick from getting retweets and favourites. Apparently it makes them look and feel popular... or something. Actually, beggars, it makes you look ridiculous and you should stop doing it immediately!
9 "Retweet For A DM"
This is very much related to the last point, but it's a more specific tweet and an even more narcissistic action. Some people will tweet asking you to retweet the tweet in question in order to receive the privilege of direct message (a DM) from them - what a treat huh?!
8 Vague, Attention-Seeking Tweets
One of the worst things about social media is the fact that it gives people who don't need attention the chance to try and get it (granted, if it helps someone genuinely in need, that's a good thing, but 9/10 times the people who seek attention on social media are just that - attention seeking). "Gonna quit Twitter," "could today have been any worse?" and "can't believe what's just happened" are three such examples of vague, pointless tweets that emphasise that something is wrong, but pointlessly don't explain what (they probably missed their favourite television show or something).
7 Tweeted Replies With Periods At The Front
When you directly reply to someone on Twitter and their @handle appears at the start of the tweet, the only people who can see your reply are you, the person you are replying to (and anyone else whose @handle is in the tweet) and those lucky people on your timeline who follow both you and the person you're replying to.
6 Boring Activity Tweets
"In bed," "On the bus on the way to work," "In the bath," "About to get a shower," "Sitting on the toilet," "Eating my dinner"... seriously... Who. The hell. Cares?
5 Food Pictures
There are two key reasons why food pictures on Twitter - or indeed any social media platform - are wrong. The first is that, if you're hungry, the last thing you want to see is an image of some food that somebody else is about to tuck into - frankly, food picture tweets are thoughtless and inconsiderate!
4 One-Word Tweets
If you're only going to tweet one word, you might as well not tweet at all - and yet millions of Twitter users are responsible for single-word tweets on daily basis!
3 Completely Inappropriate Retweets
It goes without saying that - just like pretty much every other corner of the internet - Twitter is full of content that a lot of people would deem inappropriate. It's particularly inappropriate if you're accessing Twitter in a public place - which is one of the reasons why, in a lot of people's cases, they actively avoid following accounts with any kind of adult content.
2 "This Is So Me!"
There's a really irritating trend on Twitter at the moment, whereby an image or video will be posted that shows somebody doing something or reacting to a particular situation, and Twitter users will relate it to how they might act in the same situation and tweet "This is so me TBH OMG!" or something along those lines.
1 "Am I The Only One Who..."
"Am I the only one who doesn't like pizza?" No. "Am I the only one who thinks The Avengers was a boring movie?" No. "Am I the only one who doesn't find Beyonce attractive?" No. "Am I the only one who's never been to Glastonbury?" No. "Am I the only one who..." NO. NO. NO. NO. NO! You are NOT the only one!
This question is becoming more and more common in tweets, whereby any given Twitter user will ask if they are the only one in the world with a particular opinion. In 99.99999999999999999999999% of cases they are NOT the only one. There are 7 billion people living on this planet - very few people are so special that nobody else has the same opinion as them! Stop asking this damn question!
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