If you are a TrueTwit user, please don’t take this post personally. You might be new to Twitter and you might think that you need some kind of validation service for your account to protect you from unwanted followers but you really don’t.
TrueTwit promises three things to its users; spam avoidance, follower management and follower verification. If you use a Twitter validation service, like TrueTwit, ALL of your new followers will be sent a validation request by direct message. They then have to complete a CAPTCHA form and you are sent an email confirming they are a TrueTwit-validated human!
Here’s what TrueTwit aims to do and why we don’t think it is a great idea:
- Avoid Twitter spam – Twitter is an open social platform and one-way relationships are possible. If your account is public there is nothing stopping a bored individual or spambot from sending ‘spam’ messages to your account. You can’t really stop this. TrueTwit doesn’t do anything to prevent this because it can’t. Plus, it isn’t only bots that send spam, real people spam too and they find filling in a CAPTCHA form easy! If you get spam messages you can, through Twitter itself ,block the user, or block the user and report them for spam, report them as annoying or report the user as abusive (in violation of the Twitter Rules).
- Save time managing your followers – The truth is, TrueTwit actually makes you look unsociable. It can put people off following you and prevent you from growing your following. It might save you time managing followers because people who might have followed you otherwise are PUT OFF following you, because they have to go through a validation process!
- Verify people from robots – These days, most computers and programs can figure out CAPTCHA. There are some clever bots out there!
So if TrueTwit doesn’t do any of the things it promises to do, what does it actually do?
First Impressions last
If the first contact someone receives from you is this:
@blahblahblah uses TrueTwit validation. To validate click here: http://truetwit.com/vy303452218
What do you think is their first impression of you?
TrueTwit can come across as alienating and rude. Some people won’t click through to validate and some people will think that you don’t really know what you’re doing on Twitter. You can also look like a spammer yourself. How many messages on Twitter do you avoid like the plague? We never click on the dodgy-looking link, do we?
Twitter is all about sharing
What we love about Twitter is that anyone can find and follow you. People will choose to follow you because they are interested in what you might have to say. If when they click to follow you and they get a DM asking you to validate yourself, do you think they’re interested enough at that stage to bother? If your business or brand relies relies upon or is trying to create open communication you should think twice about placing this kind of roadblock between you and your audience.
In Summary: Please don’t used TrueTwit, especially for business accounts, it makes you look like a bit of a Twit.