We hate automatic DM’s! Don’t we?

I know I am not the only one whom dreads the direct message received after clicking the follow button. I don’t like being told what to do, unless it is my wife or my boss doing the telling (just in case they read this), which is what these DM’s typically do for example: –  “Go like my Facebook  page” or the “Sign up to my site”. I will decide when and if I will do either of these activities, let me continue to read your posts and we will go from there.

So with my disdain for DM’s it was a bit hypocritical for me to consider setting up this function. However I did want to address my tardiness in welcoming and thanking new followers.

So I took the plunge and did some research to find the tool I was going to be happy with, in this case it was Socialoomph. This tool won me over because of the ability to rotate the DM’s sent and not be repetitive.

So yesterday I set it all up, clicked save and waited for the onslaught.

The first response I received was not negative however, I was elated, here is why.

I didn’t aim my message at plugging me, instead I aimed my message at “helping” this new follower find other tweeters I thought they would enjoy and or derive value from.

As a result my DM was retweeted, thank you Thomas

Yes I felt pretty good, Yes I felt helpful.

What do you think of Direct Messgages? What are the worst ones you have seen? What are the best ones? Have you, like me, even unfollowed someone as a result of a DM?

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Posted January 4, 2013 by Ben Martin - Social_Ben in category Social Media, Twitter

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1 thoughts on “We hate automatic DM’s! Don’t we?

  1. Social_Ben

    I am enjoying a really interesting conversation with @augieray this morning. Augie like me dislikes DM’s. The blog above talk about concerns both for and against the approach. In asnwer to Augie last question how many followers, unfollwers on average do I see. Since I started DM’ing (Jan13) I get around 6.7 follows day. Sadly @SocialBro doesnt allow me to see the unfollows as a graph just a figure each time I sync. However I do notice the people that leave are the ones I don’t follow back for a variety of reasons like value to me and are they following me to sell IBM something.

    Over the last couple of months I have only had one person I have know-ling offended. Sorry Augie ;-). But if I have offended or you found DM to impersonal please let me know. Its all trial and error and always willing to better myself for you.

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