Please Stop Doing This

I know that you set up the Auto Direct Message option when you first set up your Twitter account. Don’t worry, everyone did it. It was just a feature in Twitter and we wanted to make sure that we were doing all the cool things.

Please stop it now.

  • No one likes to get a notification of you thanking them for following you in their DM
  • No one likes it when you put a link to your shop or try to sell them something before they even know you
  • No one wants to read your book, download your info graphic, or look at pictures of you puppy; stop sending that automatically to the people who follow you

Twitter is a place that you can create long and real relationships with people, but that is never going to happen if you are just shouting through a megaphone. Sending your thoughtless, I set this up ages ago, auto direct message with your sales or even thoughtful thank you is nothing but annoying.

Let’s get to know one another. Respond to my tweets. Retweet my thoughts. Let me respond to you, you know, like in real conversation. Then, and only then, can you start to ask me to download your stuff, buy your product or send me to you your Etsy store.

This Public Service Announcement is brought to you in the hopes that you will build real relationships with real people. Want to connect on Twitter? Let’s start talking!