For me, a lot of the automatic direct messages on Twitter (Auto DM) are annoying. Some of them do not make sense and I am more apt to unfollow unless it is something worthwhile. So in a way, I put a list of my own guidelines for Auto DM. The best way I can explain each is by scenario.
Perhaps some of you have experienced a situation or two (or more) from below.
- No coupon codes or discounts please. Do I go to your site, then comment right off the bat to advertise? No. Please try engaging first, then perhaps I might be interested on buying.
- Please stop sharing the Facebook fan page links. I do not want to join your fan page on Facebook. Why – I do not know you yet. You are kind of jumping into the game ahead of time. Engage in conversation with me and I might go and click “Like” on your fan page.
- I do not want to know how you got a million followers, especially when I look at your profile and the number of followers are only less than 10% of what you are trying to teach people how to get. When you get there, I MIGHT watch, but right now, I am comfy with building my followership organically – the right way!
- Fill your profile out. If I see the default Twitter bird, I am unfollowing immediately. I do not care if it is a favorite cartoon character picture, a real pic of yourself, or your company logo – at least put something up so I will give you a chance.
- No affiliate links please. Your first DM to me better be a short introduction that makes sense.
- I did not sign up for porn on Twitter, so please go back to MySpace.
- I know how many followers I have. I do not need you to point that out. What was the point in doing that?
- Are you really in my niche? Or are you just there to spam the hell out of everyone who is trying to make an honest connection? When you give me a link to your site off the bat, I hope it might not be a sales page.
- Spam me once, get reported and blocked. Spam twice… thrice… same thing. Multiple spam accounts do nothing but tick people off.
- Your DM tells me to follow you on another account. What? You can change your username, or wait until I know you on the one account to trust you enough to follow on another.
I do have my account set to auto follow on some services, but I do not use an Auto DM as of yet. For myself, I have never been too keen on the idea. I do like the direct message (private message) capability though.
Do you use Auto DM? What is your advice on how to effectively use it?