10 Twitter Types to Know, Love and Hate

By Thomas Wailgum , CIO |  Internet, Twitter

The diversity of Tweeple on Twitter is, of course, what makes it so damn compelling and addictive: There's always somebody, somewhere offering 140-characters' worth of communication.

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Most of us can be classified into a Twitter user category, and just for fun, CIO.com tried to categorize the different types of Twitter users: those we love, those we hate, and those we love to hate. (You can stop following someone, you know.)

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Mr. Politico Explainer: You're just trying to find out what this person thinks about, say, marketing strategies or CRM software. Next thing you know, you've got the second-coming of Rush Limbaugh or James Carville on your Tweetdeck. Buzzwords: Obama, Palin, Cheney, Bush, Hillary, Palin, Beck, Olbermann, Clinton Typical Tweet: "I wish Cheney had been president" or "This would never have happened during Bill's 8 years in office"

The Quote-erator Explainer: Whether a "serial entrepreneur" or a budding exec, this self-proclaimed titan never read a quote related to business that wasn't worthy of a tweet. Buzzwords: Jack Welch, Warren Buffett, Six Sigma, Steve Jobs, Andrew Carnegie, Peter Drucker Typical Tweet: "Business opportunities are like buses, there's always another one coming." -Richard Branson

RT-egoista Explainer: Naturally, every Twitterer loves it when another retweets (RT) his tweets. But the RT RT'er takes it too far: He constantly RT the tweets of others who RT his stuff. (Get it?) Buzzwords: Me, me, me, me, me, me, me Typical Tweet: RT @johndoe: RT @memememe New blog post: "10 Must-Read Bloggers" including me, of course :-) RT and check my blog out!!

DJ Tweet Explainer: It wasn't cool before Twitter came along, when this guy would go on and on to anyone in earshot about his unparalleled knowledge of music and obscure artist greatness. But it got exponentially worse with Twitter. Buzzwords: Buffalo Tom, LP, Kate Bush, Rufus Wainright, vinyl, Elliott Smith Typical Tweet: "Check out this lost track from the Pixies " or "Don't miss Arcade Fire's show at the Orpheum. I'll be there."


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