An evaluation of auto generated direct messages (DMs) on Twitter

@Kevin | Social

Personally I am not a fan of auto direct messages on Twitter. I don’t use them, I get why people use them but it isn’t something I would do. Over the last two months I received close to 400 direct messages on Twitter. Instead of complaining about them I figured I would take the time to celebrate some of the horrifically bad messages that I get. (Names and links have been removed to protect the clueless.)

-The inconsiderate link. The user doesn’t make the URL a hyper link meaning I will never be motivated enough to copy and paste their site into a browser.

“I appreciate the follow! Check out my blog at and lets go to know each other.”

-The obvious auto DM. I love when people use the auto DM that inserts my name automatically. It makes it obvious that it is a DM because any logical person would be able to tell that I have a first and last name.

“Thanks for following me kevinpalmer. I really appreciate the opportunity for you to get to know me and my work better.”

-The flat out shill. These people flat out don’t even pretend to care what you have to say they go right for the sales pitch.

“Thanks for following. Your online success awaits. Schedule a FREE 15 min coaching call.”

-But it says I am preapproved! How exclusive can a community be if I get an auto DM from multiple people as soon as I add them?

“Hi! I have you preapproved to join our community of Social Media experts and enthusiasts at”

I have to admit though… I joined.

-Wait is it a DM or not? These are probably the best way to approach auto DMs if you are going to do them. I always feel like I need to respond to these just on the off chance that they are not automated. Plus they appeal to my ego which is always nice.

“Hi, Thanks for following me. I look forward to reading your tweets!”

-The how to get their attention message. This is probably the most common automated response that I receive.

“Hi kevinpalmer, thanks for following me! If you want to get my attention, just @ me. “

-Looks like someone forgot to update their auto DM message. And finally the last message I want to cover and probably my favorite, which I received on January 23rd after adding someone:

“Thanks for following happy holidays.”

Perhaps they were getting ready for Valentine’s Day?

I guess the lesson here is if you want to use automatic direct messages to use something that comes off as personal and not something that is blatantly obvious. I would reconsider though the strategy of using them.

What is your favorite/least favorite automated direct message on Twitter?