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TrueTwit Is The Devil

Update: Seems that TrueTwit has brought out their “premium” paid model where you aren’t forced to TT your potential followers. Sounds more like blackmail than a service.

Update 2: How are you supposed to validate if the fraking site is down? Screenshot at very bottom. FAIL.

There are many great services popping up in the Twitter ecosphere, but there is one that I fail to understand. This wouldn’t be a big deal if I could just ignore it, but it is forced upon me. There is also a viral mechanism in play that is causing this dreadful service to propagate and I can barely stand it anymore. I left a comment on their blog and sent a message to their Twitter account about this negative viral impact. The blog comment was deleted within 24 hours. The service I speak of is TrueTwit (no link for you!).

This is what the service does:

Stop wasting time with spammers on twitter. We will validate your followers so you don’t have to.

Use Case
A bit of head scratching later, I realized this service is catered to those that auto-follow. If you didn’t, you could weed out the spammers/bots yourself.

Flaws In This Model

  • Auto-Followers are most likely to be spammers/bots themselves.
  • Putting up barriers for followers is only going to turn people off.
  • If you don’t auto-follow, what difference does it make that a spammer is following you?

Negative Virality
This is where things really start to suck. According to the site, you can bypass all this CAPTCHA nonsense if you sign up with the service. What isn’t apparent is that when you sign up, you become one of them, now making your potential followers jump through hoops. And on it goes.

Much anecdotal evidence points to these facts:

  1. Using the service will greatly decrease your followers
  2. People aren’t always aware that they have been assimilated

I’ve attempted to discuss these problems with the service, but they are unwilling. I could be wrong about all this and this service could be the best thing since sliced bread, but I don’t see the light.

Please post a comment on your thoughts of this service. I’m very interested in what you have to say.


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19 thoughts on “TrueTwit Is The Devil”

  1. I am interested as well.. I have never seen the point of these services as well as the auto-reply DMs when you follow them. If anything it's extra spam and quite annoying!

  2. I hate TrueTwit. It's like a slap in the face to anyone wanting to follow somebody new.

    Who in the hell cares who's following you? I'm far more concerned with who I'm following.

  3. On the "If you don’t auto-follow, what difference does it make that a spammer is following you?" point, I've found that i get more spammers following me if I'm on another spammer's follows list so using this service might make it so I get few to zero spammer follow notifications flooding my inbox and only get relevant ones. But I find that just blocking/reporting spammers quickly keeps these to a minimum and means legit followers don't have to jump through hoops.

      1. I don't ever remember there being a way to comment on the blog. I could be wrong. Not sure contacting somebody like TrueTwit through Twitter will be too effective. They likely get zillions of DMs per day.

  4. I don’t do auto following, so question: Who wants a computer autobuilding a profile of them, from their tweets, so it can more effectively do it’s masters bidding? Since when did filling out a CATCHPA slow anyone down?

    1. If your profile is not protected, a bot can follow you whether you like it or not – either through a regular web request or through the Twitter API. A CAPTCHA slows me down when a) when usually all I have to do to follow back is reply to an email and b) when TrueTwit goes down (which is pretty frequent).

  5. Add my voice to the 'haters of True Twit' It's extortion, plain and simple. A commercially driven viral marketing machine that drives me nuts. They should at least have a way to opt-out of their verification DMs.

  6. I agree it is like blackmail to me. I almost signed up for their free service until I saw that they were going to DM my pps….I did not realize that this would have made me one of them. Very glad I stopped at that point.

    It's blackmail… as I get more followers I may just not bother to allow TrueTwit users many have been hoodwinked into being members….Bad business

  7. I will never follow a user who wants me to validate using TrueTwit. They reported to some user that i was a BOT even though I had signed in with them hundreds of times having nearly 10,000 followers. Yet they told this tweep that I was a BOT, he blocked me, tweeted my danger to the world calling me an "anus" and then reported me as a BOT to Twitter. Infuriating. If Twitter does anything, I pick up the phone to my lawyer.

  8. If your profile is not protected, a bot can follow you whether you like it or not – either through a regular web request or through the Twitter API. A CAPTCHA slows me down when a) when usually all I have to do to follow back is reply to an email and b) when TrueTwit goes down…

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