Twitter Bans Auto DM’s

You probably missed it in all the excitement about everyone getting 280 characters to tweet with on Twitter, but they just announced that auto DM’s no longer work.

Spamming: You may not send automated Tweets or Direct Messages that are spam, or otherwise engage in spamming activity.

It’s probably one of the most welcomed changes on the site in a long time – we’ve run surveys in the past and overwhelmingly we’ve seen that no one likes those messages and they can persuade people to unfollow.

We did a small test with using auto DM’s with new followers a few years ago and found that it did encourage people to start talking, so perhaps sending new followers a DM to say hi is still a good idea, but now you’re able to be more personal and actually start a conversation rather than just spam people with your links!

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