Wednesday, 14 March 2012

How very dare you!

Over the last few weeks, I've been trying to build my twitter followers on my new account for this business. People who say to me quality over quantity have a point, but I argue that you don't know who anyone knows, and the more people you are talking to, the more people are talking about you.

Anyway, in order to build connections, I've been following people I believe are relevant to my business, and have increased my followers to nearly 1500 in the space of 4 weeks.

The reason I'm telling you all this is because I was stunned, absolutely shocked how many people are using auto DM's, and my absolute biggest bugbear of all time, TrueTwit. If you're using that, then you truly are a twit!

You see, the thing about Auto DM's and TrueTwit are, they're rude. Imagine if you went to a face to face networking event, and you went and introduced yourself:

You: 'Hello, I'm Helen from Adore Social Media'.

You would walk away wouldn't you? You would be offfended and turned off, and make your excuses and leave straight away wouldn't you?

That's what an auto DM does. It makes people feel undervalued, and just there to be sold at. It's the call centre equivalent of 'your call is important to us, please hold the line.' You know it's not that important, you know they don't really care how long you've been waiting, and how frustrated does that make you feel?

As for TrueTwit, well. Imagine this scenario:

You: 'Hello, I'm Helen from Adore Social Media'
Them: Or rather their assistant: 'Hi, I'm sorry, but so and so can't talk to you until we've done a full CRB check on you. Please fill out this form and wait there whilst we determine whether you are a threat or not.'

Yet again you would run a mile!

So, please please please don't use them! AutoDM = AutoUnfollow in my book, I want to speak to you, I want to get to know you, and then maybe I'll have a look at what you actually do, and then I might even buy some stuff! As for TrueTwit, if you can't work out whether I'm a bot or not, you need my services!! ;-)

Happy Tweeting all! xxx


  1. I hate auto tweets, I didnt know about this true twit thing, even worse!!

  2. Some great advice on your blog. I have just applied the capital letter rule to my Twitter name. And yes I totally agree about the auto tweets, very's like getting a spam email