6 Tips When Using Direct Messages on Twitter

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6 Tips When Using Direct Messages on Twitter

1 Before you send any direct messages to people make sure you are following them and they are following you. There is nothing worse than getting a direct message asking you a question you compose a reply then a message appears from Twitter saying you are unable to send a direct message to this person as they are not following you.

Twitter direct messages have a bad reputation for spam. Basically don’t use the direct message system to spam people you are likely to get a very low response rate. Its much better to get to know contacts and find out their needs before attempting to sell to them.

3 If you run out of space when sending a direct message just start a new message directly below the previous message.
Twitter will only allow you 140 characters just like in a regular tweet for direct messages.

4 Use direct messaging to thank your new followers. If your looking to engage new followers this is a good opportunity to ask a question about their work, site or products.

Use the direct message section to provide information you don’t want others to see. If someone asks for a quote on a specific job for example you don’t want to be tweeting that information for everyone to see.

6 Use of Truetwit. Often I’ll get messages saying user* uses TrueTwit validation. To validate click here: . Basically its not for me once you sign up to that system you will find yourself sending that same message to everyone that follows you. I find it much easier to send someone a personal message or just view their profile you can usually tell if someone if genuine. If their is no picture or bio the chances are pretty high you have been followed by a spam account.
You probably won’t want to follow them back. Some people might like using the Truetwit system but I find it annoying and won’t use it.


About the Author
Philip Rickwood is a Social Media Enthusiast
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11 thoughts to “6 Tips When Using Direct Messages on Twitter”

  1. Isn’t it amazing how many users actually end up spamming new followers using DMs about their services as soon as someone follows them, Rick? I’ve got a rule of thumb now to immediately unfollow if I get hit with advertising for services on the first interaction.

    I feel Truetwit is a good tool if you are being followed by undesirable people but yes, there is always the danger of losing a good connect who may not have the time or inclination to go through the process.

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