The Twitter Auto DM

A couple of weeks ago, I posted about how much I (and all the people of Twitter) despise the auto DM. It’s puzzling why some people still do it, except that those who send these do so because they think … well, I have no idea why.

So for the past couple of weeks, I’ve conducted a sort of experiment. It’s nonscientific, because I’ve forgotten everything I ever knew about the scientific method, but I hope interesting nonetheless.

For every new follower I’m notified of, I’ve followed back and for those who have sent auto DMs, I sent the following DM in return:

Ooops! Sorry! My policy is to unfollow anyone who sends an auto DM. Everyone hates them, dontcha know? Over and out.

I’m being kind enough not to display the avatar and identifying info for this offender. Not sure how much longer my patience will hold out.

Boom. Unfollow.

I thought I’d get at least one response back — obviously it won’t be via DM, but maybe they’d @reply me and say … something. Nada. Zilch. Zip. Which confirms my hunch that the folks who send these are Twitter robots. Not real people looking for connections, but just automated bots looking to beef up their follower numbers. So good riddance.

I remember when Twitter was populated with real people following each other. Imagine that. Listening and connecting, it was all about the interaction. Now there are way too many bots, too much noise and too many fake follower scams.

So I guess now I sound like one of those grouchy old social media folks getting all nostalgic about the good old days.

You’re not sending those are you? I didn’t think so.


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