TrueTwit Is Anti-Social

Anti-social Twitter behaviorI’m not kidding. I believe that people using TrueTwit on Twitter really don’t understand that it is anti-social in its very existence and does more harm than good.

Yeah, yeah…I know the creators say, “but hey, we created our tool to weed out the spammers and bots”…well I say, that’s *bleep* because they are a bot themselves.

Why is TrueTwit Validation anti-social?

Each and every little auto-DM for “TrueTwit Validation” to a new follower violates the very social nature of Twitter in and of itself.

How?

1. Auto DM’s…they suck. They are impersonal and they are generated by a “bot”. That is anti-social. If you are forcing new people to “validate” themselves before you will “connect” with them? Hmmm…that reeks of anti-social behavior too.

2. That auto DM does not generate a connection with the new person who followed you, but gives the impersonal feel and lack of social touch that is needed in a first contact. Twitter is about communication and this tool does not give a good 1st impression of who you are.

3. To get “validated”, your new follower has to go to a site off of Twitter, to the True Twit validation page, put up with an annoying auto-audio, ads, and then the captcha process itself. And once they do that…waste their time and energy with no guarantee they will be followed back? Anti-social.

I refuse, I repeat…I refuse to validate TrueTwit users.

I followed you because either your profile contained something that I thought we could connect with on or you’ve been tweeting about something that I relate to and/or share an interest in. If I receive that auto-DM, I’ll go back and unfollow you.

Social media is about establishing new connections and building relationships with people in your niche. Your auto-bot DM to the person you just followed basically says, “Hey, I don’t have time to check out if you’re real or not and I don’t trust anyone so do this and maybe I’ll follow you back”.

If you want to be successful in social networking on Twitter, you should NOT use an auto-DM of this sort. TrueTwit Validation will limit your ability to grow your network, your connections and relationships in the long term.

But, that’s just MY opinion…what do you think?

Okay…my rant is over now…whew… :)

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Comments

  1. Hey there Tim, you’re using some pretty harsh words here my friend. “Hate” How can you hate a tool? It’s just a tool you fool :) LOL

    All kidding aside, I did for a time use it. But in my defense I used it in a testing capacity. I wish I could find the post (I’ll have to go digging) but people’s reactions and comments were pretty passionate. People said how impersonal it was, how rude, how blah blah blah blah … but for me it’s just a tool.

  2. So we cant hate cold, rain or broken tools? :) i got to this via trying to find out what truetwit was, and ironically the person that asked me to truetwit is now broadcasting spam. Coincidence?

  3. Well said! I will not EVER validate someone using this thing. It seems a little oxymoronic to me that they are using a bot to keep spam down, while (again using a machine) ask you to verify that you are in fact human.

  4. Drives me crazy. It makes me sorry that I ever followed them, and no I don’t validate it either. Lame.

  5. Yep, I agree. It does seem impersonal to use something like Truetwit. When I first got one of their notifications I thought it was random spam and it does come across this way. If it’s possible to protect your account via Twitter this seems like the better option.

  6. I myself was using True Twit but decided to shut it off as I think it was doing more harm than good. Thanks for writing this post.

  7. We have about 30 DM’s for this tool – so yes, completely agree its antisocial! We’ve stopped validating people that use it.

  8. I agree, now, about TrueTwit, but once you sign up for it, how do you disengage from the damn thing? I thought that it was a worthy service and signed up for the free 30 day trial, but now am getting auto generated DM’s from the service itself saying something about Twiiter’s DM service needing “fixing”, and to type in a “http:///truetwit.com/address/1234455″ …what a bunch of hooeee, ya know? egads!

  9. You forgot to mention or you were unaware that when TrueTwit DM’s a potential follower and said follower complies and validates, Truetwit then leaves cookies in your computer. They have no reason to do that because your asked to validate each time a different truetwit user sends out a DM. The first time that you are validated should be the last time and any subsequent requests should have the next truetwit user get a message advising them that this account has already been validated, you would think that should happen since they leave cookies. So let me say I am alleging that truetwit is spamming you, I deleted all the truetwit cookies in my computer, then I posted in my bio No To TrueTwit. I allege it to be a scam, and I am filing a formal complaint against them with Twitter. I also think when you reach out to follow an account and instead of receiving a thank you, the first thing they send back to you is I think your a spammer validate yourself. I say to myself how insulting so #$%^ you and I automatically unfollow. I am also trying to develop an app that will automatically unfollow any account that sends you that stupid insult.

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