It’s unbelievable how many twitter fights are happening lately. Nevertheless, the issue is not just the fights on social media, but the fact that such fight ends up with people or pages ‘unfollowing’ or ‘unfriending’ each other. We can all agree that unfriending or ‘unfollowing’ is a cowardly act. It’s like running away from a battle or a challenge, and you don’t need to do that.
While you may not be the one to start a feud on twitter, it may come to meet you without your asking for it. So, you need to be prepared.
Before you get into a twitter feud, you need to define what a “win” is. According to the free dictionary, to win is “to achieve victory or finish first in a competition.”
How does a twitter fight ensue?
A twitter battle ensues when two or more twitter users engage in a text battle on the popular social media site because a comment, opinion or taunt provoked a pride-driven response and feelings are vented for all to see.
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It is clear that people use social media as their voice. Even Brands take to social media to express themselves. With every Tweet, post, every response, and every cultural trend engaged, brands are able to share their true voice in many special ways.
But there is a proper way for a brand to engage when a war situation ensues on twitter. Most brands run from negative comment or tweet; some will rather delete the comment or respond aggressively.
Let’s take the twitter feud between Kanye West and Zappos for an example and, may be, learn a thing from it.
“I got into this giant argument with the head of Zappos that he’s trying to tell me what I need to focus on. Meanwhile, he sells all this s–t product to everybody, his whole thing is based off of selling s–t product,” West stated.
In response, Zappos launched a “sh*t product” page on their site and directed readers to the new page. Zappos CEO, Tony Hsieh, sent out tweets saying, “Yes, it’s true that we sell sh*t product,” “This is the throne, everyone has been watching. Whether you’re #1 or #2, your clique will show no mercy, even in Paris.”
“Good one,” you may say. Right?
Can one really win a twitter feud?
Yes you can! And there are ways and approach to it.
How to Win a Twitter feud in 5 Easy ways
- Keep the true bitterness to direct messages.
If your Twitter feed is unlocked, anyone can read it. Think carefully about what you’re willing to broadcast publicly. If you must use Twitter to further your feud, restrict truly spiteful sentiments to direct messages.
That way, the Direct Messages will be kept between you and your nemesis. To write a direct message, either press the DM button in your Twitter client or stick a “d” at the front of your message.
- Don’t send bombarded tweets.
Sending a stream of tweets irritate your followers. Keep your messages brief and break them up with other interesting content.
- Include other sympathetic tweeters in @replies.
If you know there are other people who agree with your opinion of your nemesis and their antics, get them involved. Strength in numbers works on Twitter too.
- Make sure your message is clear.
Avoid bizarre approach to arguments. If you don’t make your issues with your challenger clear, people won’t understand why they should be on your side. Twitter is a window into your world, keep it clear.
- Know when to end the feud or take it to the real world.
At some point, you’re going to have to face up to your rival in real life.