TrueTwit is a service that “attempts to validate your new followers to see if they are human as opposed to automated bots.” (TrueTwit, the About page)
Their verification is done by sending an automatic direct message (DM) to any new follower who isn’t a TrueTwit user or isn’t already followed by you.
If a follower gets that DM, reads it, clicks a link and successfully completes the CAPTCHA, then TrueTwit considers that follower a “validated human.”
Now let’s see whether this process helps your Twitter marketing or harms it.
1. What’s TrueTwit’s Promise?
On the home page, TrueTwit says,
Twitter spam is a drag. What if you could know for sure that your followers are truly human, and not some bot? TrueTwit is designed to help you: Verify people from robots; Avoid Twitter spam
But then on the FAQ page …
TrueTwit doesn’t make any kind of judgment as to whether or not anyone is or is not or may be or may not be a spammer. […] That is up to you!
Isn’t it funny? You don’t need any service to tell you that someone may or may not be a spammer!
Actually TrueTwit doesn’t promise you anything. It just tells you what you already knew: a follower may or may not be a spammer (or a bot).
Why don’t they promise anything? Because they cannot do it. Here’s why…
2. Can TrueTwit Actually Identify the Spammers or the Bots?
There are 4 types of Twitter followers that will not click TrueTwit’s validation links:
- Users who don’t read their DMs
- Users who don’t know what TrueTwit is and won’t bother to find out
- Users who know what TrueTwit is, but have no reason to waste their time
Many Twitter users don’t read a direct message, or don’t know what TrueTwit is, or hate TrueTwit. But such behaviors don’t make them spammers or bots.
When someone doesn’t click a validation link, there’s no way for TrueTwit to know which one of the four types above has to be assigned to that user.
Therefore, the “technology” TrueTwit uses cannot identify the spammers or the bots.
TrueTwit can only say that a certain user may or may not be a spammer. And that is a useless piece of information.
3. Are TrueTwit Validated Accounts “Human” Accounts?
Let’s read this piece of info from TrueTwit home page:
If your follower successfully completes the CAPTCHA (or is already a TrueTwit user), you are sent an email indicating they are a TrueTwit-validated human!
Have you read the text I bolded? If a follower is a TrueTwit user, there’s no verification DM sent to that account. It is deemed to be a human account.
Now let me ask you something: who stops the owner behind a bot or spam account to become a TrueTwit user? Nobody.
Therefore are TrueTwit validated accounts human accounts? You don’t know. They may or may not be human accounts. Another useless piece of information.
4. What Do You Get After TrueTwit Runs Its Verification Process?
- You find out that some of your followers didn’t validate their accounts and they may or may not be bots.
- You also find out that some of your followers have validated accounts and they may or may not be humans.
You didn’t find out anything new. You already knew both pieces of information above. Without using TrueTwit.
5. Congrats! Zero Advantages. Let’s See the Disadvantages
5.1 Here’s what real, human Twitter users think:
Many people think alike. Oh, no, don’t try to contradict me. Google the topic. Suggestions for your search: Truetwit sucks, unfollow TrueTwit users, TrueTwit spam, etc.
So… yes… the only guaranteed result you get after using TrueTwit validation system is that some of your human followers will unfollow you.
5.2 What will you do after TrueTwit “checked” your followers?
Let me remind you: you’ll know that some of your followers may or may not be bots and other followers may or may not be humans. So what will you do next?
Will you check all followers profiles? Then why did you use TrueTwit? Only for the sake of annoying some of your human followers and get some unfollows?
Will you follow automatically everyone who has a validated account? Including idiots, porn accounts, spammers, etc? That’s a great image you create for yourself, isn’t it? Just hope that some of your clients won’t check who you follow on Twitter ;-)
6. Not Convinced Yet? Listen to TrueTwit!
Quoting again from TrueTwit FAQ page …
Can I opt out of having validation request DMs sent to my new followers? Yes. If you sign up for TrueTwit Premium no direct messages are sent on your behalf.
Got it? If you pay TrueTwit for a Premium account, you get the best feature: no validation DM will be sent to your followers.
However, if you don’t pay for a Premium account, you’ll get some disadvantages. Such as the fact that validation DMs will be sent on your behalf.
TrueTwit pricing policy reveals the truth: sending the validation direct messages to your followers sucks. Don’t fool yourself into thinking that it’s something good. It’s not.
To Your Twitter Marketing Success,
P.S. Have you ever used TrueTwit? Why? Do you waste your time validating again and again the fact that you’re human? Why?
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