With Twitter having recently announced the new mute feature – allowing users to silence followers without completely blocking or unfollowing them – we take a look at the people on your timeline, you are most likely to mute first. Twitter will roll out the new feature in the coming weeks.
The Breaking News “Reporter”
Motivation for this sort of individual is not entirely known. Usually not a qualified journalist, this user is fond of posting “breaking news”. The problem, the news are usually not verified, which begs the question of what exactly it is the posts aim to achieve. “Breaking news” when used appropriately is a titled attributed to stories of great importance, but usually, news items reported on Twitter by the Breaking News “Reporter” are often labelled incorrectly and detract from the stories that actually warrant the title, or at worst, are entirely fabricated.
The Celebrity Retweeter
Always retweeting celebrities, the Celebrity Retweeter is someone who, many argue, is a less confident Twitter user. As a result, they only share other people’s posts. Usually the celebrity retweeter is an individual who may feel daunted by the prospect of Twitter and is struggling to get to grips with the platform and/or is struggling to let their personality shine through.
Usually members of the annoying #teamfollowback, these users are usually after nothing but high numbers of followers. Tweets often encourage a follow or a retweet; has too many hashtags [something the followback has in common with the hash tagger]. Best way to identify a member of #teamfollowback? They almost always have high numbers of followers and people who follow them, i.e. followees.
Regardless of who is tweeting, whether it’s them or their PR team; users are able to keep up with their favourite public personas and what they are up to. Anybody known by masses of people is considered a celebrity: athletes; musicians; political figures are all considered celebrities. Their influence can be used purely for self promotion or to lend a voice to an important issue.
The Regular Joe
Everybody’s “friend” wit high levels of involvement. Always tweeting and replying to every message. Most of their time is spent on the platform, actively engaging with community members.
Knowing your Twitter personality allows you to focus what it is you are on Twitter for, and what you should be tweeting.