Have you ever had a case of Twitter burnout? Being on social media can sometimes feel like a full time job in itself. If you have a loyal following/fan base, proper etiquette tells you to check in several times a day and to respond to all mentions received. There is a large population of people who are anxious to hear what you have to say today. Most of the time, this works out great. You love to connect with new people and see some familiar faces as well. When you first started on Twitter, you never imagined you would ever need a break from it. The mere thought of not tweeting was unthinkable.
However, sometimes you just want and need a bit of down time. Sometimes you just need to step away. There doesn’t have to be a specific reason for the break other than you just aren’t feeling that Twitter feeling right now. You basically just have nothing to say. Maybe you have personal things going on, maybe you are on an extended vacation, or maybe you just need some time to get back to enjoying Twitter again. So what do you do? When people count on you to be present on your page, and when they count on you to make them smile or laugh, what do you do when you’ve just lost that Twitter feeling? Here are a couple things to consider when you are faced with Twitter burnout.
1. Scheduled/Auto Tweets
Some people would say this is the best way to avoid Twitter burnout and also conquer it when you have time to be on there. It really works for some because you can seem to be present even when you aren’t. I personally do not like auto tweeting. I prefer to be present when I am on Twitter so I can respond to people and let them know I am actually there. However, auto tweeting is great for those times when you just don’t want to tweet, but you feel the need to show you are around. HootSuite has this feature, and it’s widely used.
2. Send A Message To Your Friends
Sending out a tweet letting others know you will be gone for a certain period of time is a great way to show people you care about them and want to respond to them, but you will be absent from your timeline for an extended period of time. It also shows others that you have other responsibilities and need to focus on them right now. By letting them know ahead of time, your friends and followers won’t feel abandoned.
Above all else, remember Twitter is for FUN – If you don’t recharge yourself and regain focus, you can risk stressing yourself out too much. If that happens, you may never want to come back to tweet again. Taking the time you need to get your pep back is something we should all do from time to time. Although some people might not understand why you are gone, you can be sure the vast majority of the ones who care will welcome the fact that you took the break, and they will be glad when you are back and ready to tweet again.
How Do You Handle Twitter Burnout?