Many of us have a love/ hate relationship with Twitter. While Twitter is an outstanding communication platform, the communication skills displayed by its users don’t always measure up. Here are some of the most annoying Twitter habits that we should all be trying to avoid.

1. Random Favorites

We sign into Twitter and get excited when we see 20+ notifications waiting for us. But the excitement quickly fades into disappointment when we realise that at least 50 percent of them are “favorites” harvested from foreign accounts, who probably have no idea what we’re talking about! These kinds of people have no intention to read or share our content; they only want to draw our attention to gain subscribers when in reality there’s a fat chance of them getting a follow from us.

How to avoid: Block them when you see them. Unfortunately, there always seem to be more on the way.

2. Compulsive Lists

The list phenomenon seems to be accelerating. Most of us are added to a list after using a particular hashtag. Being added to such lists can be an honor if the reason for it our expert advice and timely insight, but it’s also quite possible we were added automatically, we can also be automatically added, and this kind of list behavior is useless to both parties.

How to avoid: Block the creator of the list. Follow these instructions.

3. Every Breath You Take, Every Tweet You Make

Twitter’s main page displays a continuos flow to posts from the people we follow, except of course when all of that real estate gets hogged by that one single follower who seems to tweet as much as he breathes. Talking about EVERYTHING and nothing gets irritating fast. Twitter is a platform for regular updates but please make them insightful for everybody’s sake.

How to avoid: Choose you followers, as you do your friends, wisely.

4. “Thanks for Following”

There’s nothing inherently wrong with saying thank you to a new follower when you’re being genuine, but automatic private messages promoting your website or LinkedIn page are anything but. So how do you deal with the volume? Tools like Metlwater Engage enable you to view new followers and rank them by influence, so you can prioritise your most valuable new contacts and show them love with personal thank yous.

How to avoid: By all means reach out, but be sure to customise the message and speak like a human and not a robot.

5. #Stop#Speaking#Like#This

Hashtags are iconic to Twitter and, when used correctly, they’re a great way for readers to discover new content and for posters to align themselves with larger discussions. To all those people out there that #talk#like#this, please stop. You’re giving hashtags a bad name.

How to avoid: The general rule of thumb is to use no more than 3 hashtags per tweet. Any more than this makes the copy hard to read and the poster look desperate.