I know I see things differently than say a new Twitter user might. Perhaps I’m jaded by what I see now as insincere and disingenuous but as a new Twitter user could be perceived as thoughtful or kind.
I started thinking more about my (and most of the #usguys crew I roll with) strong dislike for Auto DMs as several of us have posted recently on this topic. Then it dawned on me… when a baby is born it doesn’t really matter who the baby is being held by, as long as it’s in the warm arms of someone. That sense of being cared for and feeling love and comfort is what’s important. A nurse vs. the mother or a relative. In those early days, a baby wants to feel the connection to someone.
I think that for the newcomers to Twitter, Auto DM’s are kind of the same. A newbie is so excited when someone they’ve followed sends them a reply (an Auto DM) perhaps not even realizing that the message was sent to every other person who follows that person. Since they don’t know that it’s not genuine – they do think it’s personal and might even think – wow, how nice of that person to DM me. In essence, they feel loved and connected.
Eventually, the baby wises up and wants only mommy (or daddy). When another caregiver tries to step in, of course, things can get hairy because baby is smart enough to know better.
Like the Auto DM… once the newbie is no longer new to Twitter, he realizes that all these sweet replies are really a pile of crap and that the sender could care less who he is anyway. Then bitter-ness creeps in and a jaded attitude shifts into gear…soon you’re like the rest of us rolling your eyes at each Auto DM. So unless you can specifically target newbie Twitter users, Auto DM’s are not recommended.
Another Auto DM-related thing I’ve been raging about lately are these ridiculous people who feel it’s ok to take my information (since I’ve decided to follow them) and interpret that as to mean that I want to receive there silly little emails, newsletters and announcements…I don’t. I have found this happening especially on LinkedIn a lot lately. It’s not a good thing to do. When I choose to follow you, it doesn’t mean I’m ready to take our relationship to the next level…assuming that is a huge mistake and frankly is best tactic used for getting people to unfollow you.