Top 5 Reasons Why you shouldn’t use TrueTwit

12 Jul

Once upon a time I would jump through the captcha hoops and validate myself to those who insist on using True Twit. True Twit is a validation service that offers to cut down on Twitter spam bots by authenticating each and every follower. In order to be followed back, you must leave your current page and sign in by filling in the captcha. Here are my top 5 reasons why I am NOT a fan of True Twit, and why I always advise clients from using it

  • Although True Twit claims to be bot-proofing Twitter, they are actually a kind of bot themselves. When you sign up for the service, they automatically send DMs to all of your followers requesting that you jump through their captcha hoop.
  • There are plenty of sites out there who offer decaptcha services….I will not post the web addresses, because I don’t want to shine a light on them, but believe me they are out there.
  • True Twit assumes you are a bot. I like to believe that tweeters are innocent until proven guilty. If I see a bot in my stream, I squish it like a bug by unfollowing. All by myself.
  • In our real-time news-as-it-happens world, I don’t have time to fill out captcha forms. First of all, from  my iPhone they are minuscule and hard to read, and they take me away to the reason I am on Twitter, to communicate and engage in real time.
  • If you use True Twit validation, you are limiting your Twittersphere to people who are either True Twit believers, or who have lots of extra time on their  hands. I can attest to the fact that there are plenty of cool Tweeps who fit into neither camp.

How about you? How do you feel about True Twit Validation? Enter your comment below!

Thanks for Stopping By!!


14 Responses to “Top 5 Reasons Why you shouldn’t use TrueTwit”

  1. dustyhalo July 13, 2011 at 5:40 am #

    Agreed. I have even tried to click on the validation link and had nothing happen. I don’t need followers that bad to jump through hoops.

    • thyroidinfo July 13, 2011 at 6:20 am #

      Thanks, Mike! I’ve also noticed that 80% or so of the TrueTwit users I run across have low Klout, and less than 1000 followers……go figure!!

      • kent norton, d.d., phd November 21, 2011 at 1:22 pm #

        lo klout; better than no klout; then again, maybe no klout may be ok; if i feel i am worthy;then i do not need klout at all

  2. Amos Keppler July 20, 2011 at 8:18 am #

    I always tell my potential followers that i don’t use such services because the risk of hacking and the stuff you mentioned. Usually they follow then. So it works, in a backwards kind of way…

    • thyroidinfo July 21, 2011 at 12:04 am #

      I now just send those people here….increases my blog traffic AND gets my point across….win/win 🙂

  3. Grasyah September 22, 2011 at 3:01 pm #

    This is so true! ahaha

    • thyroidinfo September 22, 2011 at 3:09 pm #

      Thanks! I still find it interesting how many people use tools like TrueTwit and Fllwrs…everytime I get an auto tweet about me unfollowing, I want to SCREAM!

  4. thyroidinfo March 8, 2012 at 1:35 am #

    Reblogged this on Tweet of Dreams Blog.

  5. robertz April 11, 2012 at 2:43 pm #

    I agree. Is it really worth the bother? If everyone used a similar service on every social network, there wouldn’t be time left to network.

  6. NubianOR April 11, 2012 at 2:47 pm #

    When I first started using Twitter I thought everyone used Truetwit. It was quite the mission to unsubscribe. Don’t know if I have even done it correctly.

  7. Tracey Lee Baglin (@traceyb65) April 20, 2012 at 2:56 am #

    i actually find it quite annoying when someone follows me, THEN insist i go through the TrueTwit hoop if i decide to follow back … hey dude, you followed me! xt

  8. Lori April 25, 2012 at 5:55 am #

    I agree! When I get one of those verification
    DMs I immediately unfollow 🙂 great article 🙂

  9. Courtney James (@TheEmailWriter) May 9, 2012 at 8:46 pm #

    This is exactly why I don’t use most of the Twitter apps and add-ons that are available. I can’t stand it when a company abuses their customers social connections in order to grow their own business at the expense of your reputation.

  10. fabamy October 31, 2012 at 12:22 am #

    Great blog! I don’t understand why anyone, especially a business, wants their followers to jump through hoops. Are they REALLY that important and interesting???

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