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I use an auto DM (direct message) to simply say hello and thank people for following me. I know lots of people hate auto DMs, mostly because people use them to pitch their product or service.

In my opinion, if you use the auto DM, don't use it to ask people to visit your web site. You should be building a relationship with that person first - the rest will come later.

Thoughts? Comments?

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I recently started using auto dm. It basically says, thanks for following, I look forward to reading your twits - something like that, and I auto follow back - but that doesn't mean I'm keeping them. I wouldn't find that annoying personally.
I use auto-follow too. I go back later and check out new people - then unfollow them if their account just looks like SPAM.

I hear a lot of people complain about the simple "thanks for following me" auto-DMs because it's not "personal" enough. I always tell those people to see a therapist if they need that much personal attention from a stranger they met online. That comment never goes over well. :-)
I use auto DMs as an anti-spam measure and, in the three questions that I pose in my auto-DM, hope to initiate a dialogue with the person who's following me on Twitter (I ask who they are, how the found me, and why they chose to follow me). I usually (but not always) follow back people who respond to the auto-DM in some fashion, as I at least know that these are not those automated accounts designed to get 10,000 followers in 30 days (which, to me, is irrelevant and useless; I'd rather have 100 followers that I have some sort of relationship with and who share similar interests than 10,000 random people who I know nothing about and who aren't interested in me at all).
I don't auto-follow, simply because about half of the follows I get are spam. I do auto un-follow, though. I use socialtoo.com for my auto-DMs and also because they provide me with a list of people who have followed and un-followed me throughout the course of a day, and I find this information very useful!

SistersTalk said:
I use auto-follow too. I go back later and check out new people - then unfollow them if their account just looks like SPAM.

I hear a lot of people complain about the simple "thanks for following me" auto-DMs because it's not "personal" enough. I always tell those people to see a therapist if they need that much personal attention from a stranger they met online. That comment never goes over well. :-)
I can't remember how to get to the DM settings. Right now I don't have it on auto because I'd rather take 10 mins at the end of the day to thank people for following adding something personal. I do hate when people use DMs to redirect you to their sites or try to sell you something.

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