I picked a outrageous claim in my Twitter box auto DM for the “Dumb Auto DM of the Day” today.  (I post one of these with the tag #DADM on most days when I can to remind people who might have forgotten that they set up one and how they never are personal).

I don’t put any personally identifiable information on my #DADM tweets. My intention is to share a smile, teach a bit and initiate conversation, not belittle the person with the Dumb Auto DM.

imageToday’s tweet assumed I has just joined Twitter, which I laughed at.. but since it’ has the work “finally” I would think most of the people who could build the users network would be insulted.

Then there is the suggestion that an attached link has the secret to making money online. If anyone reads that far, that’s certainly a red flag. People won’t follow the link and likely will drop you if you spam them with a sales pitch instead of a personal greeting or real conversation.

My #DADM was Re-tweeted (RT) by several people and I got some @ replies and had the daily conversations where people tell me they hate automation and drop people for it and I remind them that sometimes real people use them and are just learning.

Then a BOT picked it up and @ replied with another offer to make money online. The account is NOT the one with the auto DM.. this is a separate scam from and account that is likely already shut down

There’s a lesson here. Funny to see the tweet, but I’m posting to have a piece to refer people to when they ask “Are some auto DM’s Okay?”

My answer: Maybe. You can use Twitter however you want. If you say “Thanks for following” you won’t get many believing it was you.. and some will hate you for it. But it’s your choice. Like we say in Twitter Revolution: NO RULES

Automation is wonderful. The same API that spammers and bots use allow us to integrate Twitter with other sites and reach out to people we want to meet. Like all good tools, it can be used for good or bad.

Warren Whitlock