When you find someone you're interested in talking to on Twitter there are a variety of ways people use to decide whether or not to follow them. A, strictly unscientific, straw poll of tweeps gives some insight into the process and the criteria people might use:
- I know them in real life (can be negative or positive!)
- I like the retweets I've seen of them in my timeline
- They're following me and I like their bio
- I loved the reply they sent to my friend (this assumes you copied in the other recipients)
- They made a lovely comment on my blog
- They're local
- They share the same interests/causes as I do
- There aren't too many sales tweets in their timeline - they talk as well as sell
- I took a look at their website and they seem interesting
- I'm interested in buying from them, but I want to see what they're really like first.
Now, having made a conscious decision to follow someone, you then receive the Auto DM in response.
Let's go through some typical contents of these DMs:
- Thanks for following me - anodyne but not offensive
- Hope you find us interesting - really? do you think we followed you because you're dull?
- Find out more about us on our website - a link to which is already on your Bio?
- Buy our stuff at really great rates = 'unfollow'
- Instant unfollow, I hate auto DMs
- Unfollow & block, these people really don't get Twitter
- It's SO old fashioned, nobody uses them now, they're awful
- Such a lazy thing to do, what's wrong with talking to people?
- I loathe auto DMs, I have to pay for the texts to my phone and these things cost me money!
- What's the point of them - its' all in their bio anyway