I love meeting people on Twitter, taking part in tweet chats, tweet parties, being able to share really valuable information about blogging, marketing and SEO… and I even love the occasional live tweet during #ScandalThursday!
The one thing I really hate on Twitter is to get spam in my message box. It’s why I really dislike 99% of automated DMs, although if it’s just a “Hey thanks for following me”, that’s ok. DO NOT say “Hey, thanks for following me, now go like me on FB!” though, that’s just asking me to unfollow you immediately!
But the thing I hate the MOST on Twitter?
If you’ve never come across TrueTwit before, lucky you. It’s a “validation service” for Twitter. If you sign up for the service, everyone who tries to follow you on Twitter will receive an auto-DM that says “@Username uses TrueTwit validation. To validate, click here linkitylink.com”
At first glance, that’s not that big a deal, right?
The first time I saw it, I thought, wow, this dude must be a real Twitter Power user if he’s getting that much spam from people he needs a validation system!
But no. It’s not like that at all.
They say that their whole purpose is to protect you from inbox spam – and their way of doing that is to send inbox spam to everyone that tries to follow you. They’re like a Ponzi scheme, because the only way to stop getting spammed by them is to sign up for the service yourself – by signing up, you’re “automatically validated”.
But then you have a whole new situation – everyone who follows you on Twitter will start getting “Truetwit” validation spam from you!
What??? Wait a minute – what if you don’t WANT people who follow you to get a validation message? After all, those people are awesome, and want to see your tweets!
Oh, no problem – just get a “Premium TrueTwit account” for $20. Then you no longer send out validation spam, TrueTwit will parse all those people for you automatically.
So really, the whole thing is a scam – trick people into getting the basic account because it will stop them from getting validation notices… THEN once they’re in, twist their arm to spend $20 by sending out spam auto-DMs from their account until they pay up.
They’re whole business model is to scare you with threats of spammers on Twitter so that you sign up – which allows THEM to spam the people who want to follow you.
And the worst thing of all? True Twit doesn’t do anything to stop people from following you! Spammers – human or robot – can still follow you!
And here’s the real question – who gives a flip who follows you? You won’t see their posts – they followed you, not the other way around.
TrueTwit says this is their real purpose – they help you decide who you should follow back by letting you know if it’s a real person or not. But I don’t really need someone to validate in order to decide, I can just take a quick peek at their Twitter feed, which I would do even with a validation. I don’t want anything automatically following back for me. Even if someone isn’t a spammer, I might not be interested in their feed.
I don’t know why you’d want to put any kind of hurdle in front of someone who wants to follow you.
If you’ve already signed up for TrueTwit, you may be having difficulty getting them to cancel the service. If that’s the case, here’s the solution:
How to Cancel TrueTwit Validation
- Sign into Twitter.
- Click on your small profile picture up on the top right and choose “Settings”.
- Once it opens up your settings, look on the right and click “Applications”.
- Find TrueTwit on the list, and “Revoke Access”. Problem solved 🙂
Social media is supposed to be social – don’t put up roadblocks like TrueTwit!