I saw this post regarding a personal twitter policy and actually thought it was pretty cool. The writer, Josh Whitford notes that his post has an Uncopyright statement which states that anyone can copy this template and use it for their own use. I am going to borrow the headings for this post.
My Twitter Goal
I want to build professional relationships with others on a variety of topics. I really like topics relating to marketing, social media and meeting people who use services at Midwest Laboratories. Through this process I will constantly be learning, sharing and making new friends.
My Twitter Policy
This document represents the way I use twitter to communicate with the people I meet everyday on Twitter.
If I have something confidential to say to someone, or someone want to communicate something confidential I will respect their wishes. Any content shared with me via direct message will always stay as a direct message. Future follow-up by email or phone may also be necessary.
Subject of postings
I want to post my opinions and let people know where I stand. Integrity and trust are at the heart of my postings. I also write with passion on topics that I have personal experience with. Again my goal is to continue to learn and become a better person. As a company representative, I will represent the company in a professional manner at all times.
I really respect conversations that take place at every instant. I always want to strive to keep the dialogue positive and refuse to be involved with any spamming techniques. Listening is a huge part of this process. I will also tell you what I am working on, ask questions and provide feedbeck and credit where credit is due.
Me following you
I like to follow interesting people and people who are on twitter everyday. I use the “networking in person rule”. If you are interesting in person, I will follow you to learn more. I am not a reciprocal type of guy. People don’t go to a networking event and follow everyone at the event, they are selective in who they spend their time with. It is the same for me on twitter.
You Following me
I like to check out the new followers everyday. If your bio is interesting and I look through your most recent posts and I see value in your conversations, I will most likely follow you. Your profile says a lot about you.
I monitor twitter all of the time and especially those individuals I have placed into lists. Lists are very important to me, because it helps me sort out which people I want to pay attention to more than others. Also, I check for any mentions of my name by people. If you mention my name in your tweet, my goal is to reply back to you that same day. I have other work to do, but I make it a point to acknowledge those people who have taken the time to say something about me.
I don’t use protected postings. I carefully select which people I want to follow and I post some personal information, but most of my conversations are on a personal level.
I think this policy template is awesome and I think everyone should post a personal twitter policy on their own website! Feel free to copy. If you go through this policy and post it on your site, please let me know. I would like to see and learn how others view their use of twitter.
Let me know what you think of this twitter policy. I think it’s a great exercise to help you stay focused.