Direct Messages And The Use Of Autoresponders On Twitter – My Pet Peeve

I love the use of the messaging feature on each platform as a strategic tool for more personalized connecting and relationship building.  I was ecstatic to see Pinterest finally release the feature.

Still, the one place I see it abused and improperly used is Twitter.  Really, if you do not have the time to send me a personal thank you for following (and I doubt most do) then maybe you should only send Direct Messages to those fitting a specific set of criteria, those who could be a valuable resource or connection to you.

Whatever you do….stop using autoresponders.  It’s obvious when you do, it’s not personal and certainly isn’t social.  Worst yet – when the message is not even generic enough to avoid offending someone.

Take one of the latest one I received….keep in mind that I’m a marketing strategist!

Whatever you do....stop using autoresponders.  It's obvious when you do, it's not personal and certainly isn't social.  Worst yet - when the message is not even generic enough to avoid offending someone.I’m a marketing strategist!  I’d better be happy with my strategy.  And if I wasn’t, your message certainly means I wouldn’t be asking you.

Sadly, it’s not hard to do it correctly.  Shortly after this one I received this one.


I much applaud Gideon Nielson for taking the time to do it right.   We conversed, I followed him on Facebook as well and added him to a list of quality engagers.

What’s your thought on the use of autoresponders?


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About Robert Nissenbaum

WHO AM I? The work me: A writer, social media consultant, educator and public speaker. I work with solopreneurs and small to midsized businesses helping them effectively use content and social media marketing to build relationships, improve brand awareness, drive web traffic, improve SEO and generate leads through an organic process. What I teach, implement and speak on has its roots in traditional, old-school networking and cold calling. My techniques have been developed over a decade of building my personal brands through social media and relationships. I focus on a relationship based approach. That content is less important and plays a supportive role. That business, long-term, repeatable and sustainable business, is driven by relationships. Whether your business or organization is business-to-business or business-to-consumer, for profit or not for profit or service-based or retail-based, the principles I teach are highly effective and get real results. The real me: An avid sea kayaker, adventure seeker, and fisherman. I take full advantage of living on the water at Salmon Beach off the west side of Point Defiance Park in Tacoma’s North End. I spend as much time paddling as I do working. When not on the water, you can find me fishing off the deck, hiking, camping or otherwise exploring the PNW. I'll spend my downtime with friends, my children or simply having my feet up on the couch. The volunteer me: I teach LinkedIn classes at Joint Base Lewis McChord to help those transitioning to civilian life and am a kayak fishing guide for Heroes On The Water's Northwest Chapter. HON helps military veterans & their families relax, rehabilitate and reintegrate through kayak fishing.
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