We’ve all seen them. You click follow on an interesting looking new Twitter profile, and soon receive an automatic message from them
Thanks [twitter name] for following me!
Thanks for the follow! My blog is [url]
Like my Facebook for more updates!
Auto DM’s aren’t a new thing, but they bring out the strongest opinions out of people. We asked you what you thought of them, here are a few responses…
@BonjourBlogger have to say I normally unfollow auto DMs!
— Alice J-T (@alicej_t) March 25, 2015
@BonjourBlogger dislike. They seem cold and robotic.
— Claire (@CMClaire) March 25, 2015
@BonjourBlogger so much hate.
— Sara ✈ (@thisgirlloves_) March 25, 2015
We have been testing out an auto DM on our Twitter account to bring people to this site. The results surprised us – less than 5% of people who followed in the three days that we had this turned on unfollowed (and that seemed to be less influenced by the DM, and more to do with the account being the sort that follows and unfollows quickly to try and get more followers). It did encourage a few people to reply back to the DM as well, which was a great way to say hi to new people!
If you have them enabled, and don’t know how to get rid of them, then it’s worth heading over to your Apps page on Twitter and revoking access to anything you can’t identify what you regularly use.
What do you think? Are auto DM’s to welcome new followers a good idea?