I have to confess as much as I dislike Auto Dm’s while using TrueTwit validation I was Auto Dm’ing all my new followers on the various twitter accounts I managed including my personal one. It supposedly helped out with automatically accepting new followers and filtering bots. After many complaints and finding out how much these actions annoyed my twitter followers I decided to stop automatically accepting followers and to sending automatic DM’s. The irony with Truetwit was that it ended up annoying the real followers and it obviously did not affect the spammers and bots.
What I do when I receive an Auto DM?
- I think of unfollowing the person. Although I did confess I use to Auto-Dm now that I am a converted Non-Auto Direct Messenger I get a quick impulse of wanting to unfollow the person. I quickly browse thru their profile and if the rest of the conversation seems to look like they are just self-promoting or spamming then hitting the un-follow button comes next.
- I ask myself why the person decided to take this approach. After analyzing their tweets I usually reach out and if I deem it appropriate I ask them why they use they sent me an auto-dm.
- I want them to stop as soon as I see one come in. Some services allow you to unsubscribe others don’t if it bothers you that much you might want to go ahead and put a stop to some of these services.
No matter how you want to justify your Auto Dm’s they are defined as Spam. They are not requested by your new followers and it is kind of going against the trust this person just gave you by following you.
Most people are too polite to notify you that Auto-DMs annoy them. I have seen how many people feel disgusted by Auto Dms and the same way they just followed you by hitting a button they will unfollow you by hitting the unfollow button. This is a consequence because you gave a bot the task to do your engagement on twitter.
No one likes Auto Dm’s On Twitter
Immediate sensation of disgust are felt by many when they receive an Auto-DM, most people are against using and receiving Auto Dm’s. I have never met someone who truly believes they are useful or serve a purpose. Ask your followers like I did and see the following tweets on how most of them felt when it comes to Auto DM’s.
If the reason you where using Auto Dm’s was to be polite and to thank those that followed you I would eliminate using auto Dm’s and do the following:
- Take 10 to 15 minutes every day and getting to know your new followers.
- Take a look at their blog and maybe comment on one of their posts.
- Read their tweets and answer them back genuinely on any tweet you can relate too.
- Create a list of your last 20 followers and monitor them for the next few days or weeks so you can make sure you are engaged with them.
- Re-tweet any of their content with a line expressing your point of view.