Why You Shouldn’t Use TrueTwit
What TrueTwit Does
A few years ago I met TrueTwit for the first time and immediately had trouble understanding why I would want to validate my followers. I signed up to learn more about it (and perhaps you may have done the same), but I left because I couldn't see the purpose of it. If you're not familiar with TrueTwit, it's a third-party Twitter app that automatically sends a direct message to everyone who follows you, with a message like:
So&So uses TrueTwit validation. To validate click here.
The purpose of this app is to make sure that your followers are real. When your follower clicks the link, they're taken to a page where they have to fill out a captcha to prove that they're human.
So why should you ditch TrueTwit? "Let me count the ways."
#1 Why validate your followers?
I understand being selective in who you follow. If you follow everyone under the sun, your feed will be full of links to dodgy sites and really just a bunch of crap that’s of little value to you.
It’s different with followers. These people are your fans. It’s like if the cashier at the theater asked you Leonardo DiCaprio trivia before allowing you entrance to the latest Leo flick. This, of course, would be to prove that you’re truly a fan and not some weirdo who just randomly wants to see a film. (Who does that??)
#2 It's an "anti-spam" tool that spams people
Now isn’t that the pot calling the kettle black! The purpose of TrueTwit is to make sure spammers and bots don’t follow you, so what does this app do? It’s using bot software to spam your followers.
When I follow a TrueTwit user, our first discourse is his/her Twitter account spamming me. I think we’ll get on well. *sarcasm*
This is what happens when you follow TrueTwit users
#3 Almost nobody fills out that captcha
When I first came across TrueTwit, I was happy to fill out the little captcha form. Later I realized that there’s nothing in it for me. What is @SoNSo going to do? Block me if I don’t fill it out? It’s not like they’re going to follow me just because I fill out a captcha.
I hate captcha and actually so do a lot of people. It’s hard to read and obnoxious. Back in the day when I was on Blogger, I had comment captcha. The number of comments went up when I disabled it. (And now I’m on WordPress with the Akismet spam filter, so I’m pretty spoiled.)
Do you use TrueTwit?
#4 It can be hacked
All you need is a de-captcha tool and voila, you can follow anyone and use your OWN bot to fill out TrueTwit captcha. There’s got to be some irony in using a bot to defeat a bot whose purpose is to prevent bots.
Captcha is getting better and better and maybe some de-captcha tools won’t work on the more sophisticated captcha, but do you want to subject your readers to more sophisticated captcha?
#5 You can lose followers
TrueTwit's spam is so annoying that some folks will unfollow people who use it. Okay, so that seems a little harsh, but those TrueTwit AutoDMs clog up my inbox so I'm unable to see all the other spam I get.
I personally don't unfollow just because someone uses TrueTwit. But others do.
How to get rid of TrueTwit
1. Once you're logged into Twitter, click the gear in the right-hand corner.
2. Click “Settings.”
3. Click “Apps.” These are the Apps that have access to your Twitter account.
4. Click “Revoke Access” next to TrueTwit (and anything else you no longer use.)
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