TrueTwit - Anti Social Community ToolI enjoy Twitter because the community sharing aspect, and I follow as many people as possible. When I recognize someone as consistently sharing high quality content I diligently add them to a subject matter list so I can easily parse their tweets  from the thousands in my general Twitter feed.

Typically, I follow anyone with these interests:

  • SEO
  • Social Media
  • Community
  • Video Gaming
  • Star Wars
  • Comic Books

And there are a few other topics as well. I want to consume great content on the Internet and sometimes feel a human can recommend better stories or articles than a search engine. Unfortunately, some humans that engage in social communities like Twitter discourage any sort of community interaction. I know right; absolutely crazy. Who would join an online social community designed specifically for sharing thoughts and content only to discourage others from viewing what they want to share with the world? The answer is quite a few people on Twitter.

I tried following a handful of “social media” professionals, according to their Twitter profile, and was foiled in my attempt. No they have not locked and made their tweets private. What they have done is hooked up one of the most anti-social community solutions ever; True Twit.

Anti Community Twitter Solution
Auto Direct Messages


I tried following the four individuals above, but was denied. They all use TrueTwit validation which requires I click on the link and then enter a CAPTCHA code to prove I am human and not a bot Twitter account. Here are some burning questions I would love answered surrounding this befuddling solution:

  1. Why make it difficult for truly interested people to view your wisdom and knowledge?
  2. Who cares if a bot Twitter account is following you (You do not have to follow back so you won’t see their SPAM)?
  3. Automated Direct Messages are not that popular, so if you are going to utilize that feature why not make one that adds value to your business or personal goals?
  4. Why would anyone pay to use this?

Personally, I could care less if a bot follows me. I am not going to follow them back so I will avoid seeing their SPAM tweets. Since I am not following them they cannot Direct Message my account either. Is this solution just for people that are too lazy to vet who they follow because these people follow anyone that follows them? Spend some time creating lists and add the high value people you are following to those lists. Then peruse their tweets from your created Twitter lists.

I just do not see the value in TrueTwit, and I certainly do not click through and validate that I am a human. I am not going to waste my time, and unfortunately for TrueTwit users you are missing on an opportunity to have your content shared with my followers because I retweet good tweets. Keep rocking that anti-social community solution.

6 Replies to “TrueTwit: The Anti-Community Solution for Social Media”

  1. Hi Garth,
    After having used TrueTwit for a while, I have now terminated it, as I also don’t see much real value. If anything, it is more likely to frustrate people, as you also pointed out.

  2. I used true TwitPic when I first got on Twitter & quickly realized the downfall to it. I lost many potential follows & I agree with you 100%!

  3. Could not agree more, been getting more and more of these DM’s lately after a lul for several months and must admit find them counter intuitive and frustrating, and to a degree insulting. I can understand to a degree this is a way to limit the potential needless follow and in the hopes that you don’t follow a bot, but scheduled visits onn requestor’s profiles should do this just as quick with potentially alienating people.

  4. The problem is that the following message IS the spam. That’s much of the point of current robo-followers. It gets their identities in front of me. I’m unsure if true twit is the solution for this problem but the endless horde of robo followers is a problem.

    1. I just turn off the notification email that states someone is following me. That way a robo-follower has zero impact on me. 🙂

      It adds to my follow count but that is it. I do not engage with them and there follow does not take up any of my time.

  5. Serious problem as well question, has anyone else noticed a lock by your twitter name since using TrueTwit ? I can not get that lock off, I have to approve ones that want to follow! What a hassle , please someone help me?
    Thank you in advance

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