(With apologies to those not on Twitter)
I followed back a lot of people this weekend, and received several auto- direct messages in return. They say things like “thanks for the follow – look at me/my website/my company.”
These messages are rude and make me annoyed, and here is why:
- They waste time as they cannot be ignored, unlike public tweets. I get my DMs emailed to me so I can respond quickly.
- They are almost always generic, and pushing the person or some product. That’s rude.
- They make the sender look like a spammer, trying to gain as many followers as possible.
- They make the sender look like a clueless newbie, which is not a crime, but something that should be fixed asap
- They assume a relationship exists between myself and the sender. It does not.
Overall – the direct message function should be treated like a text message. If in doubt, then only send DMs when you would be comfortable sending a text, making a phone call or skyping with the person.
There are three options to respond to those that send these annoying messages – ignore them, unfollow the person and reply back letting them know that auto-DMing is rude. I’ve done all three, and from now I will refer them to this post.