Twitter: How to stop pesky auto-DMs

One of the problems with online communities is member-to-member spam. THEY don’t see it as spam, but we do. And anything automatic that takes the ‘human or social’ element out of social networks, is spam, in my mind. Your mileage may vary.  But if you do agree, here is a how to stop auto-DMs. Because they are annoying, aren’t they? PS A DM is a Direct Message. In some social networks it’s a PM private or personal message. Usually it’s a one-to-one non-public (private) in-social-network email tool, that may be relayed to your main email account.

  1. Follow @OptMeOutOpens in a new tab.
  2. Wait for email
  3. Only when you are both following can you can “message” or DM  – so DM @OptMeOut (doesn’t matter what you say)
  4. Unfollow @optmeoutOpens in a new tab. (do this so that you disappear off possible spam lists)
  5. Now Tweetlater won’t send you those pesky “thanks for following me, don’t forget to visit my HowToBeRich site“.

In Pictures

Follow @OptOut
Follow @OptmeOut
Wait for Email

Message or DM when you are mutual following
Message or DM when you are mutual following
Optmeout unfollow

The only problem now is – it was helpful to watch who auto-DMd so you could quickly UNfollow them, and avoid yourself grief in the form of trivial spammy tweets, later. Ah well, can’t win ’em all.

Laurel Papworth

Named by Forbes™ Magazine in the Top 50 Social Media Influencers globally, named Head of Industry, Social Media (Marketing Magazine™) and in the Power150 Media bloggers (AdAge™). CERT IV Training and Assessment certified trainer (Diplomas and Certificates etc) Adult Education. Laurel has manager Facebook Pages for Junior Masterchef, Idol, Big Brother etc. and have consulted on private online communities for banks Westpac, not for profits UNHCR & governments in SE Asia. Lecturer, social media, University of Sydney for 10 years and Laurel has 11,000 online students. Laurel Papworth personally connects to 6 million followers online and has taught around 100,000 people in the last 10 years how to be social media managers.

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