Sex May Get Attention But It Doesn’t Get Twitter Followers

Correction: using sex in this post title and then publicizing it through Twitter will most certainly get my Twitter account new followers – just not the kind I prefer.

Being both a student of Search and Twitter audience behaviors results in my blogging and Tweeting about a variety of subjects not necessarily germane to marketing.

However, errant blog posts and Tweets can often produce as much value as on topic posts if not more.

Case in point – several days ago I Tweeted several links about the CIT bankruptcy – a subject I don’t particularly follow or have an ongoing interest in. However, the CIT bankruptcy was news at that particular time.

I also knew at the time of my post I would receive a bunch of auto follows from Twitter bot ran accounts.

Sure enough, the usual porn accounts autofollowed my account – which by the way can be nipped in the bud now with the Twitter report as spam link within Twitter accounts.

Report As Twitter Spam

Report As Twitter Spam

Then as expected my Twitter account was also auto-followed by Twitter accounts peddaling bankruptcy products and services.

Great marketing prowess Twidiots!

Because these Twitter spammers know their message will more than likely fall on deaf ears, they have jazzed up their profile pics with rather suggestive photos of women.

Twitters

Twitters

Nope, I am not in the market for whatever it is you are selling.

Twatters

Twatters

Although both are examples of a rather creative attempt at engaging the attention of Twitter accounts auto-followed who may also actually look at who is following them, it didn’t induce me to follow them back.

What’s the difference between a Twitter spammer pushing their message at me and the telemarketer who calls my phone – just because I have a telephone number?

Not much.

Thus – an open letter to Twitter spammers:

Dear Twitter Spammers,

My Twitter account is hereby officially placed on the Do Not Tweet Me Twitter Spam List.

Sincerely,

Tweet Spam Me Not

From this point forward – at least after this post appears – I will have to edit and sculpt my Tweets carefully in order to make sure my Twitter profile is sculpted in a way that enriches the Twitter experience – not one that devalues it.

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