This article is not meant to offend anyone, but I am sure it will. If you have ever been asked to retweet links for someone, at least I think you can sympathize. I have spent hours defending my right to say no to a retweet request. At some point I realized it’s time to just lay it out for everyone so you know where I am coming from.

1. You Have Never Spoken To Me Before

Often people follow me, and I follow back, but they may never speak a word to me. That’s fine, the internet is full of lurkers. But to send me a link without ever even saying hello and building a relationship with me, is truly in bad taste, and likely to get you unfollowed.

2. You Never RT For Others, But Expect Your Content To Go Viral

If I look at your feed and it’s all about your latest blog post, and you don’t regularly RT others content as well, then unfortunately no one owes you a RT, and it’s doubtful you will get one.

3. I Have Never Used The Product, App or Software

Don’t expect me to advertise a product, app or service I have never used personally in my Twitter stream. I am never going to endorse something as the “Best” or the “Greatest” if I have no knowledge of it, or I simply don’t think it’s that awesome.

4. Your Site Contains Content I Morally Disagree With

Everyone has the right to create content as they see fit. I personally have the right to share content I like. But if your sidebar looks like an ad for porno, or you have politically charged entries that I personally disagree with, then it is my right to say no. Just as it is your right to post the same content.

5. I Never Even Saw Your Request

I realize there are people out there that believe I see every single tweet and direct message I receive. I will take this opportunity to say “No, I do not.” I do my best to filter content, but even the best filters don’t bring up every tweet created that day. So there is always that distinct possibility yours was missed in a restart or a barrage of other tweets.

6. I Did Not Like The Content

Sometimes I just don’t like the content, or don’t feel my followers will enjoy it. Don’t feel bad, they don’t like all of my content either. But over time I have become accustomed to what people like and what people don’t like to see in my twitter stream. In all honesty though, I only share content I have read and enjoy.

7.  Bad Grammar

Sometimes I enjoy the content, but notice so many spelling and grammar errors that I simply can’t tweet it. If grammar is not your strong suit, then by all means have a friend review the article for accuracy before releasing it to the scrutiny of others.

8. It’s Not Fresh Content

Sometimes I have already tweeted a similar article and don’t want to flood my stream with the same information. Aim for unique content and it will guarantee you more views than a cut-and-paste style copy of something already reported.

9. It’s A Paid Event Invitation

Basically you are looking for free advertising of your event. And while I understand that, I don’t feel the overwhelming desire to sell to my twitter following. If it’s an event that I see merit in, I will consider it, but these type events should be offered as advertisements to blogs, not as retweet requests to help keep your costs down.

10. I Don’t Want To

The way I feel about it, I don’t need a reason. I do want to help my friends with retweets. I truly enjoy sharing great content on Twitter, but I never feel the need to force feed my followers tweets just because someone is my friend. I don’t mind the requests, as long as they are accompanied by the respect for my right to say no.