Who sends autoresponder direct messages to new followers? I mean REALLY! Have you forgotten your first DM is your first impression with a new follower (read potential customer)? Have you no respect for the sanctity of someone’s “Twitter time”? Are you adding to the already existing Twitter pollution? Knock it off! You look tacky, gauche, cheap…I can go on but I won’t. You are now one of the Autoresponder Twitter Fails (ATF).
If you’re an ATF, I’m really no longer interested in your product or following you. Especially when you promote yourself instead of engaging with me. Go away. You’re dead to me.
This is one of my favorite blog posts on the subject of using automated direct messages:
(And I’m quoting directly from Catalyst Marketers here)
A few of our favorite Automated Direct Messages on Twitter are:
- “Thanks for following us on Twitter, please connect with us on Facebook as well” – If I want to connect with you on Facebook, I will. I don’t need an Auto DM to tell me to.
- “Be sure to follow our other 3 Twitter Accounts” — No thanks. One is plenty…
- “Please retweet this message to your followers” — Once you have something informative to say, something that I think will benefit my Twitter community, maybe then I’ll retweet it.
What brought this rant on? This morning my iPhone delivered this missive (via Twitter, obviously):
Thanks for following. Do you “like” Xxxx Xxx Xxxxxxx on Facebook? Check it out at www.facebook.com/XxxXxxXxxxxxx!
Ugh. Click goes the unfollow button. Mental note, this person is an Autoresponder Twitter Fail. Bet they act like one in real life as well.
Out of curiosity, I checked out the offenders website. To add insult to injury their marketing and graphic design website took 17 seconds to load. Double FAIL.
Note to the Twitter world. Rise above the temptation to autorespond. Leave the cheesy behind. You’ll get way more action if you’re social rather than one-sided.
Queen Narcissa out.