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.
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?
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:
- Using the service will greatly decrease your followers
- 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.