I hate the annoying auto-DM”s.Â They clutter my inbox and waste my time.Â There is a however a right way and a wrong way to use auto-DM’s.Â I am going to probably lose followers for saying this, but I feel like in full disclosure it is something that needs to be said:
My name is Adrian, and I send auto-dm’s to my new followers.
There, I admitted it.Â I know its impersonal, I know it may be annoying, but I use auto-dm’s and I am probably going to keep sending them and here are three reasons why:
1.Â I have a fairly large following, and I REALLY appreciate my followers.Â I try to respond to every @reply and real direct message sent my way, and I try even harder to thank those who retweet my posts.Â I would never send an auto-dm to my current followers- but when people first add me, I want them to get a feeling for who I am. Besides, I may never have a chance to interact with them personally otherwise.Â If people reply to my auto-dm welcome message, I am always ready and willing to engage them in non-automated discussion.
2.Â When I first got started on Twitter I benefited from a few kind Twitter users that showed me the ropes.Â One in particular named @michaelhyatt sent me an auto-DM welcome with some tips he had gathered for new twitter users.Â It was great information, and IÂ really appreciated that, so I put together a few 1-minute videos of my own that try and do the same for other new users- I wanted to give them the same helpful tips that got me started on the right foot.Â My auto-DM mentions these free videos to new Twitter users.
3.Â My auto-dm doesn’t try and sell anything.Â I don’t sell the tips, in fact there isn’t anything for sale on my website, so the only benefit to me is the good karma.Â Twitter is all about passing on the good information, so I think it is only appropriate to mention these videos to my new followers.
The Wrong Ways to Use the Auto-DM
1. Don’t invite me to your money-making scheme- I don’t know you yet, why would I have that kind of confidence in who you are and what you are about to join your business venture?
2. Don’t invite me to your scheme to generate tens of thousands of followers- that is a turn off when I have never even interacted with you before.
3. Don’t invite me to connect with you on Facebook- if I have never had an actual conversation with you, why would I want the greater level of contact with you that Facebook offers?
4. Don’t invite me to your mafia wars, ninja dojo, or to give you a “gift.”Â Its not that I’m no fun- I just think there are better video games out there.
5. If you are going to use an auto-Dm, show some personality- let me know a little bit about who you are, not what you sell.Â Try and add some value in a way that is not self-promotional.
Everybody has their own point of view on the auto-DM, and I was back and forth on them myself as a new user- but now I think they have real value to help build relationships.Â What do you think of the auto-DM?