I use Twitter a lot. I wanted to stay informed, especially from friends. I decided to port all direct messages to my cell phone. That way I didn’t have to install a Twitter client. At first that was great – I could respond to people I need to talk to.
That has all changed with the Twitterbot.
Now, if I “Follow” the wrong person, I get a direct message:
Thanks for following me. I hope to talk to you, but in the meantime: here is a free gift hllp://i.am.spamming/you.
I am not impressed – In fact, I am downright annoyed. You want to get unfollowed by me? Then all you have to do is send me a bot like that. I’ll unfollow you in a heartbeat.
I don’t mind @replies. But the direct replies are the ones that go to the cell phone too. I am glad someone is trying to open communication, but this is redicuous.
So what can be done to change this?
Twitter could block directly direct messages – Maybe set up a blocker to direct messages until the two have conversed or a 30 day grace period has passed. Maybe even an
“Allow this person to DM you” option. Just because I want to follow them doesn’t mean I want them to spam me.
DM Karma – If your Karma is below a certain level, you cannot DM anyone.
In the meantime, I am going to have to turn off the option to SMS me for direct messages. I guess what was a good thing last year might not be so much this.