UPDATE: there are two polls in this post – please vote in both.
This poll is motivated by my increasing frustration with the automated DM that seems to be increasingly being sent when I follow new people.
I counted up how many automated ‘thanks for following me’ messages I received in the last 24 hours and it was 45. While I can see why people are tempted to use this tactic (the messages often include links back to blogs, other social media sites and even affiliate links) a quick survey of my Twitter followers just now showed me that virtually nobody likes them – some even unfollow those who send them.
So I’m interested – do you use an automated DM when someone follows you? You’re welcome to vote and comment anonymously if you’d rather not identify yourself but I’d be interested to hear why people feel the need to do it, what results they’ve noticed from it and if they’ve noticed a backlash from doing so.
And a 2nd poll…
I should also give a reason for not liking automated DMs – the main reason for me is that they clutter my Direct Message window (and email inbox as I get them sent via email – something I’m considering stopping). When you get 45 automated ‘thanks for following, check out this link’ messages a day the genuine and personal DMs that you get become lost in the noise.
I also find them to be impersonal and a put off – Twitter at its best is about engagement and connection, an obviously automated DM goes against that and doesn’t create the best impression.
Looking forward to reading your comments below. Do you do it? What do you think of automated DMs? Should Twitter make some changes to stop them?
Update – due to numerous people asking on Twitter (this hit a nerve) I decided to add a 2nd poll asking what you think/feel about getting these auto DMs.