Why You Shouldn’t Auto DM on Twitter
When I first started using Twitter (like, actually started tweeting), I setup an auto direct message. You can do it a number of ways, but I chose the unfollowers app (a great tool to unfollow the annoying folks that follow just to unfollow). But anyway, I quickly removed my auto DM and apologize profusely for ever using it!
Why? Well, a few reasons…
For starters, they fill up your DM inbox. Thanks to the many people that send out auto DMs, I don’t check my DMs. Ever. I think it’s pretty well known that if you need someone to check their DMs, you need to mention them in a tweet and tell them you sent them a message.
Auto DMs are also extremely impersonal and imply that you don’t actually care about your followers. Everyone wants to feel special and sending the same exact message to each and every person that follows you on Twitter does anything but that. I have even come across several people that say they instantly unfollow people who use auto DMs.
They’re filled with shameful advertising. I really don’t care about your FB page or whatever else you’re trying to get me to click on. I don’t think I’ve ever clicked on a link within a DM. If I’m that interested, I’ll find it in your bio and go from there.
It’s also a thing of the past. Social media is constantly evolving and if you had setup an auto DM last year, why not remove it and get up-to-date with the latest trends?
Still want to keep your auto DM? Why not choose an auto welcome tweet instead? Mentioning your new followers right off the bat will definitely put you in their good books.