twitter mass direct messaging

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is there an app that will allow you to send a direct message to everyone that's following you in twitter?

If so, is it safe to use or could it cause you to get banned.

I'm wanting to convert my twitter followers over to my email list by offering them something to optin to my list.

thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author Easy Cash
    Sounds like a spamming tool......!

    Ask Dana - no doubt she would know ( :
  • Profile picture of the author ltdraper
    Originally Posted by glasshalffull View Post

    is there an app that will allow you to send a direct message to everyone that's following you in twitter?
    Twitter has a throttle on their API, so if you had a large number of followers it wouldn't work. And if you don't have a lot of followers, there's no point to it.

    Sending lots of direct messages will get you flagged and eventually banned when they figure out what you're doing. So you'd be better off to just send a message every five minutes or so.

    The best way to do this sort of thing is with Imacro (free version for firefox). As an example, I wrote an Imacro script to add a bunch of twitter friends. Imacro is well worth the time it takes to learn as you can automate a lot of your mundane web tasks with it. It would be fairly easy to write a task that would send a direct message to a list of people with a time interval. You could just start it and leave the machine running.
    • Profile picture of the author socialsite
      Originally Posted by ltdraper View Post

      Twitter has a throttle on their API, so if you had a large number of followers it wouldn't work. And if you don't have a lot of followers, there's no point to it.

      Sending lots of direct messages will get you flagged and eventually banned when they figure out what you're doing. So you'd be better off to just send a message every five minutes or so.

      The best way to do this sort of thing is with Imacro (free version for firefox). As an example, I wrote an Imacro script to add a bunch of twitter friends. Imacro is well worth the time it takes to learn as you can automate a lot of your mundane web tasks with it. It would be fairly easy to write a task that would send a direct message to a list of people with a time interval. You could just start it and leave the machine running.
      I am also a user of imacro. I use it everyday on some advertising that I do. I would like any tutorials that you might have on it if you have any. I am always wanting to learn new automation methods. Your link in your post did not work so if you don;t mind send it to me in a PM. Thanks.
  • Profile picture of the author Elmer Hurlstone
    Originally Posted by glasshalffull View Post

    is there an app that will allow you to send a direct message to everyone that's following you in twitter?

    If so, is it safe to use or could it cause you to get banned.

    I'm wanting to convert my twitter followers over to my email list by offering them something to optin to my list.

    thanks
    If you've hung around Twitter for any length of time you'll notice than many tweeters intensely dislike any kind of automatic message generation.

    The basic concept behind Twitter and most social media sites is that they are personal and interactive. Auto posting tweets or DM's will be noticed and probably mentioned, from your perspective, in a less than complimentary tone.

    Doing this--when and if available--may also cost you followers.

    Those that benefit most from using Twitter seem to be involved, helpful and personable. Occasionally, say every 20 or 30 updates, dropping in a commercial message doesn't bother most folks.

    We're all used to TV programs, sometimes providing useful content, bracketed by commercials.

    Elmer
  • Profile picture of the author eniven
    I would be wary of trying to use Twitter for these purposes... You'd be very likely to get banned IMO.
  • Profile picture of the author glasshalffull
    I think there is a max number of direct messages you can send per day, something like 200 is a guess of mine as I had tweet later running to autorespond to my followers and twitter told me I had reached my max direct message limit.

    but if I created a program to even just send out the max amount of direct messages 200 it would still save me the time of doing it manually
  • Profile picture of the author alexshelton
    Elmer is exactly right

    People really have got no right to directly sell to people via twitter, do it the correct way;build rapport and drop the occasional link in here and there only if it's relevant.
  • Profile picture of the author Ron Killian
    Twitter seems to be pretty good at stopping the spammers and related. Lost count how many suspended accounts I've seen. The big one now seems to be living off some one else name. Lost count how many Jack Canfields and Joe Vitales there are on twitter, least they try, most don't seem to make it.
  • Profile picture of the author TrudyB
    I have to agree with you alex, I know I get inundated by some of the guru's twitter accounts.
  • Profile picture of the author glasshalffull
    who said anything about selling something?

    I'm not trying to sell anything to anyone on twitter, all I'm trying to do is give them some good, free content and get them to optin to my list.

    I never said I was selling anything

    my followers get tweets from me almost a dozen times a day and typically it's something about the industry that I'm in or a random note of something that I think everyone could get use out of.

    example: today I told people about pandora.com and cookthink.com

    2 really cool sites if you're into music and cooking.

    I'm not on twitter to spam, I just want my followers to see what I have to offer them.......for free
  • Profile picture of the author CoolDude55
    Originally Posted by glasshalffull View Post

    is there an app that will allow you to send a direct message to everyone that's following you in twitter?

    If so, is it safe to use or could it cause you to get banned.

    I'm wanting to convert my twitter followers over to my email list by offering them something to optin to my list.

    thanks
    try to use tweetlater.com
    it is not a spammy tool.,
    it has an auto follow back with PM, also a scheduled twit.
    • Profile picture of the author Michael Mayhew
      Originally Posted by CoolDude55 View Post

      try to use tweetlater.com
      it is not a spammy tool.,
      it has an auto follow back with PM, also a scheduled twit.
      Believe it or not some folks are irritated by that one follow back DM

      Mass DMing would result in Mass suspensions.
  • Profile picture of the author TracyNeedham
    The inconsistency in the number of DM's could be from the fact that they've increased capacity (or whatever it's called) several times -- depending on when it happened and when the info was given.

    I'm also pretty sure I heard they've adjusted the settings back to previous levels at least once, when they were expecting a spike in the number of users that day (maybe election day?).

    Tracy
  • Profile picture of the author Sean Ski
    Leave a tweet to one of your blog posts that provide really good content... Talk about the content in your free report but don't give readers the entire picture; at the end of the blog post have a small opt-in box if they want all the details in the report.
  • Profile picture of the author Kevin Regier
    Originally Posted by glasshalffull View Post

    is there an app that will allow you to send a direct message to everyone that's following you in twitter?

    If so, is it safe to use or could it cause you to get banned.

    I'm wanting to convert my twitter followers over to my email list by offering them something to optin to my list.

    thanks

    I am not sure if you can do this. The only think I can think of is you can get software that sends a DM when they follow you you can send them to a squeeze page.

    Maybe just change your web address on your profile to a squeeze page and send tweets leading people there pretty hardcore for a few days.

    Maybe use multiple URL shortening services so you can have like 4 or 5 different addys all leading them to your squeeze page.

    Just some thoughts.
  • Profile picture of the author Lilach
    Personally I would post tweets out and see how many people optin organically. You can also set bit.ly links so you can track how many people actually look at the optin page, and can see how many of them have opted in or not.

    Automatic software have their place but what they can't do is test and track.

    this way will be slower but you won't annoy anyone or more importantly get removed.

    I would also put it in your DM when people follow you if you have an automatic one set up.

    Best of luck

    Lilach
  • Profile picture of the author canis
    This is an excellent thread due to the wealth of information. I'm in the same position as glasshalfful. I'm thinking of using Tweet Later just for sending this message to all new followers:

    Thanks for the follow! Tell us your skin story and win a FREE, quality, sun protection shirt or hat at bit.ly/csj9X1 & tell your friends!

    Do you think I'm overstepping messaging etiquette by doing so? Am I likely to alienate people who've just followed me? I'm trying to learn social media best practices and really would appreciate all and any thoughts.

    Thanks for your time,
    Chris.
  • Profile picture of the author Ronak Shah
    I have been using bit.ly to tweet lately and found it to be cool.

    Bit.ly tracking is not effective is it?

    When I see the admin stats and the bit.ly stats they both differ drastically.

    I guess bit.ly stats are not that effective.

    Can anyone please comment on this?
    • Profile picture of the author canis
      Ronak,

      I've been using Tweet Lately (now Social Oomph) for about three weeks and I've also used Bit.ly. I couldn't do enough with Bit.ly, hence my move and I also found similar stat' discrepancies to you. I've been told Bit.ly doesn't make full use of the Twitter API, which may explain the discrepancies but I'd now recommend you try Social Oomph. It's very powerful.

      On the copywriting front, you may be interested in looking up John Carlton at simplewritingsystem dot com. He's been called the top copywriter by many people I've been in contact with.

      Good luck,

      Chris
  • Profile picture of the author DogScout
    I don't even read my DMs as they are usually just crap anyway. Not sure anyone does!
  • Profile picture of the author jayanuaria
    Yes DM is dead. Use @mentions and @replies.
  • Profile picture of the author twittify
    Spamming will get you banned, not a good idea.
    • Profile picture of the author eyekay234
      Hello,

      I also have researched such and found that there exists none that can send direct messages to all users or even selected users owing to the limit. Not everyone is interested in using dms to send spam messages. Some like me need it to send updates to selected twitter followers.

      @gelizzy88 if your app still exists, I'll like to give it a try.

      Holla
  • Profile picture of the author handymoney2
    I don'r think twitter will give you a blind eye for mass spam

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