I *heart* Twitter. More so than Facebook, My Space (so retro) and any other 'Let's be Friends' network.
I do not have a Smart Phone or an iPrecious so when I choose to have your tweets sent to my phone it's because I want to know what you are up to. I follow plenty of people, but only a small fraction of those do I have sent to my phone, and only with them do I feel that I can chirp back with a comment. My regular chit chatters...you know who you are...I hang on your every tweet. :)
But with that being said, for everyone else, I have a few annoyances I have to get out there. If you follow me, the absolute first thing that I do, is check your stream. If I see any of the offenses below chances are good that I'm not going to follow you. Ever.
Enough with the quotes
If I'm going to follow you, there's something about YOU that interests me. I do not want to read a never ending barrage of literary quotes. I'm fairly well read, I don't need Twitter spewing Emerson at me.
Links upon links
I like to know when you've put up a new post on your blog or if you've read something on the interweb that is so OMG! that you have to share, BUT if your entire stream is nothing but links? Forget it. I'm not following you. All you are telling me is that you have nothing original to say.
If you have so many bullshit notations combined with links and hash tags that I can't figure out what you're saying? I immediately tune out. All I see is a bunch of crap and it looks like you're swearing at me. Although your links and tags and whatnot display your advanced knowledge of Twitter and that should be commendable all it really does for me is make you look like the person at the party that can't shut up.
Absolutely No follow.
So now that I've alienated 2/3rds of Twitter, check these folks out. They save my sanity most days: