Buh-Bye Auto DMs!

Not to sound like a curmudgeon, but I have lots of pet peeves on Twitter.

In no particular order, stuff I hate that people do on Twitter:

  • Hook their Facebook up to their Twitter so that every time they create a new FB status update, it automatically generates a tweet. 
  • Spamming. 
  • Too many hashtags. 
  • People who tweet every random thought that goes through their head. 
  • People to auto-DM a “Thank you for following” message (which usually includes “like my Facebook page!” or something else equally as spammy) after you follow them. 

Well, auto-DMs are now a thing of history. As is auto-followbacks and bulk following.

When I first joined Twitter almost 6 years ago, it was pretty common to auto-DM a thank you message to new followers. However, as time has gone on, this practice has fallen out of favour, because it’s not authentic and genuine. Now Twitter has changed its API, and auto-DMs and auto-followbacks are no longer allowed.

I, for one, am happy. I often unfollow people if they send me a spammy auto-DM. I want to interact with people on Twitter who are genuine–not someone who’s just in it for the perceived glory of having lots of twitter followers, or someone who is more concerned about their own bottom line, rather than mine.

Let me be clear: I don’t begrudge anyone trying to make a buck. I’m trying to make a buck. But it’s about how you go about doing it.

My goal is to set myself up as an expert in my field, and to provide value to my followers on Twitter. If you follow me on Twitter @rebeccacoleman, I tweet a minimum of five useful links about social media every day. Some of those are my own blog posts, but the vast majority are not, just useful things I’ve found in my feeds that I want to share with my audience. Basically, the plan is, to earn your trust by curating great content.

I loved Twitter before, but I love it even more now.

See you on the Tweeter!

h/t: @kariwinfield1


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Rebecca Coleman

Social Media Marketing Strategist, Blogger, Author, Teacher, Trainer. Passionate foodie, mom to Michael, fueled by Americanos. I love my bike. Soon-to-be cookbook author. Localvore with a wanderlust.

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