Here’s a great idea. Whenever someone follows me on Twitter I’ll send them a little direct message back thanking them or something. Okay maybe I’ll throw a link to my blog in too. Hmm, maybe a video? How about the product I’m selling…
You can see where I’m heading with this, auto DMs on Twitter. Sounds great, but honestly they are annoying. I try to follow almost all the people who follow me, but I’m more choosy now than I have been in the past. Why? I’m getting sick and tired of those DM pitch messages.
Don’t get me wrong, sending me a DM later that I can tell is more personal is cool. It’s a nice touch.
I posed this question to my Twitter followers this morning and got these replies:
That’s a pretty resounding: “they suck” response. Now I repeated the question and specifically asking my followers who do send out these autoDM what value they got out of them. Heck they could even DM me with their answer.
This leads me to again wonder, why do it?
Are people clicking those links? Friending on Facebook? Signing up for newsletters?
I really want to know. I help folks with using Twitter for business, etc and if it does work then I can recommend it.
Yes, I can see how it could be useful.
“Thanks for the follow. Don’t forget to watch the live stream of the event” (for an event account, clearly).
“Thanks for the follow. Don’t forget our fundraising party…”
But just the hi and thanks?
But just hi and thanks? Not so much.
Bottom line: do you unfollow people who send autoDMs? Are you more careful following because you don’t want to get an autoDM? Do you use autoDMs and have found success with them?
Leave your answer below…