I haven’t had a Twitter rant in a while, so I’m due.
Here’s what TrueTwit says about its service – quoted from its website –
“… a service committed to making it easier to manage your Twitter followers without having to wade manually though spam users. TrueTwit attempts to validate your new followers to see if they are human as opposed to automated bots…”
Here’s what happens when I follow someone who uses TrueTwit:
- I get a direct message
- It prompts me to hit a link
- The link brings me to a site to add information
- Based on what I input, TrueTwit will determine if I’m spam or not.
Using an automated service to determine if I’m human?
Ironic, isn’t it?
Notice it says “…TrueTwit attempts to validate your new followers…”
For this reason alone, I’d never use the service. What kind of confidence does that line instill?
For those who do use it though, all I can say is: No thanks.
In real life, if you want to be my friend or get to know me, here’s what you do. You approach me, introduce yourself, and say hello.
You DON’T send a representative to check me out beforehand. That’s rude. We’re talking about social networking here, not arranging a marriage.
If you can’t take five seconds to find out about me by going to my profile, or looking at my tweet history to see that I’m human, then I have to wonder why you’re on Twitter at all.
People who lock/block/privatize their accounts and make it difficult for me to follow them send a clear message – they DON’T want to be bothered.
I’m cool with that. I don’t want to work so hard to befriend anyone. I don’t do that in real life, and I certainly won’t do it on Twitter.
I don’t care who you are. I don’t care how many followers you have. I don’t care if you’re the Queen of England, (who doesn’t use TrueTwit, by the way).
You want to be part of a social network like Twitter? Then behave socially, otherwise delete your account and stop wasting my time.