Twitter Etiquette – NO Automatic DM’s

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This is an ongoing series of blog posts on Twitter Etiquette. My first post, Ten Things Not To Do On Twitter can be a a good starting point for new users and a good reminder for us veteran Twitter users.Twitter and other forms of Social Media is about relationships. Learn it, live it, and love it; or suffer damage to your reputation when you attempt to shorten the time it takes to develop these relationships! One of the quickest ways to torpedo a new social media relationship, before it even has a chance to begin forming? The Automatic DM (Direct Message). Twitter DM’s can be a tool to communicate privately with one of your followers; but it is NOT a method to automatically send your followers information they have not requested!When you receive a new follower, send them a personal tweet, engage them in conversations and ask to learn more about them or their business. Remember, it is about relationships, not initially trying to sell something!Here are some personal favorites; actual DM’s received by me or some of my followers: I just created a new group for you to join, please check out my blog!It is great meeting you, keep smiling and spreading your good cheer! Hey, help spread the word about this link, video, site You know how to use Twitter, check out my site and give me your valued feedbackNo one knows about this, but I have stock tip that you will want to act on nowFor me, any of these types of DM’s will simply cause me to unfollow you!If you want a good tool for reducing the number of Auto DM’s, check out SocialToo; it is a great service and worth checking out.Let me know some of your “favorite” Auto DM’s and don’t be THAT person that abuses a new relationship.

Comments

  1. Thank you for your comments Sonia! I love it when someone comments on a post from months or years ago ;) I know, most of mine are still pushing or selling something, which really is sad. The one about giving is intriguing and makes me wonder if some people are actually getting it!! Thanks again for commenting!!

  2. Mr Business Golf says:

    The Auto DM I got that resulted in me drafting my Twitter Manifesto was..You can Follow me all you want, but that does not mean I am going to follow you or anyone you follow.There are a lot of "What’s In It For Me’ people out there muddying up the water of who is out here to build friendships.

  3. Suzie-NO Auto DMs says:

    Favorite auto DMs? I would take up the entire page. Hhhmm….."I am honored to meet you and thanks for following." HOW do they know this when they don’t know me? They haven’t engaged at all. Come on…."Looking forward to your inspiring tweets." Really now? What if I am the devil incarnate and don’t utter an inspiring word?"I’m so thrilled you chose to follow me! Please come talk to me at !"That is so not going to happen. EVER…Engage. Communicate. Build relationships. Don’t tell me to visit your site, click on a link or buy anything…Phew! I feel so much better now. LMAO

  4. Here are a few of my favorites:Thanks for following me and I will let you know if I will follow you back.Here is a present for you…Thanks for the follow. Can you tell me how you found me? (Yes dumbass, I found you on Twitter)Thanks for the follow. Please also follow…Or I get DM’s from people that don’t want to follow me back. Like I care your reason and being rude to me is just letting me know that I shouldn’t have followed you in the first place.1) Do I know you? (um no, that’s the purpose of twitter)2) I just wanted to let you know that I am not going to follow you (ruined my day)I had one very rude guy actually put it out there on the public timeline with the hashtag #unfollow. He said the following "I part on good terms, but don’t care anything about what you have to say, so I am unfollowing you" How in the hell is that parting on good terms! What a jerkThe moral of the story, no need to be rude to others and try to be personal if you are sending a DM!

  5. Heather {Desperately Seeking} says:

    Ok….Here is my favorite…"Thanks for following me. In an effort to follow only the top people, tell me why I should follow you back?"It’s rude, however, the funny part about it? He followed me first and I was following him back.I don’t do Auto DMs anymore, but now no one gets a personal DM either because I don’t know who the new followers are and I can’t keep track of them. ::sigh::

  6. i gust want to say some thing "great job"Update your Twitter randomly according to your intrest Or, from Rss Feed Or, from your own tweet message list Or, Any combination of the above three http://feedmytwitter.com

  7. Thank you for your comments Sonia! I love it when someone comments on a post from months or years ago ;) I know, most of mine are still pushing or selling something, which really is sad. The one about giving is intriguing and makes me wonder if some people are actually getting it!! Thanks again for commenting!!

  8. Sonia Di Maulo says:

    Hi John,Great to find your post, almost 2 years after you wrote it. Things have not gotten better… AutoDMs are still very much alive and kicking!BUT I did receive one today that has intrigued me… An autoDM that is actually about giving. Here it is: If there was ONE tweet I could tweet about you or yr business, what would it be? Please DM me.I REALLY like this one because he made the DM all about me and how he could help me. Very bold! If DMs were able about giving than about taking, I think the service would have a lot more value.Sonia

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