The Top 3 Reasons NOT to Use a Twitter Validation Service

5 Top Reasons to Not Use Twitter Validator
Twitter, by its very nature, is a social tool. Just like in real life, you might meet some unsavory characters or aggressive car-salesman-types you’d like to avoid. You’re probably here to do business, right? So that means building out your audience fairly quickly (organically is still slow – don’t buy followers) and with enough engagement that your followers can see that you’re real and interested in them too. But I’m here to share with you that these validation services are a gatekeeper that is keeping out great minds from the nirvana of your amazing content and personality.

My top 3 reasons to avoid using services like True Twit:

– It doesn’t protect you from human spammers.
– You can still see tweets that mention you.
– You will eventually get unfollowed.

I’m trying really hard to think of a good reason to put blinders on people who want to view your Twitter content, but I’m coming up dry. Have you created an exclusive group that is open to a select few or, is it that you don’t want to see the possibly questionable profiles and tweets of those who are following you? Those accounts can be blocked manually.

Spam- Hey, @Dede_Watson you won’t believe this news about your neighbor! http://www.spammingyou.com

FAST and EASY Turn It Social tip to block a spammy Twitter account for desktop and iphone:

1) Open the tweet of the offending account
2) Click on the three dots in the lower right hand corner
3) Choose “Block or Report”
4) Choose”Block” in the upper right corner
5) That user will no longer be able to interact with you, and you won’t see content from them.

So why keep out the quality but busy thought leaders who will happily move on to the next “you” out there on Twitter? There are close to 300 million ACTIVE accounts on Twitter right now, so maybe you aren’t the special snowflake after all. There is irony in trying to cut down on spam, then receiving a spam DM that says “[FollowerName] uses TrueTwit Validation Service. To validate, click here… “

I’d like to hear your thoughts on the contrary. Are you a Tweeter who uses the service, and if so, I’m curious why. Of the people who are taking the validation bait, are you more likely to engage with the True Twit user, and True Twit account holders, do you feel that the quality of engagement with your followers is higher? Or are you like me and eventually adding them to the “unfollows”?

Why Smart Social Media Doesn’t Equate to Buying Twitter Followers

buying twiter followers? a strict no noThere seems to be a significant rise lately in the number of companies that are offering “guaranteed”  Twitter followers. Unfortunately, a quick rise to Twitterdom does not guarantee success! Doesn’t appear that way if you check out the ads and tweets you see everyday online.  Who wouldn’t want to “pay only $65 for 10,000 followers”? Sounds like this could propel you to a higher influence on Klout, Kred and in your particular area of expertise or does it?

Twitter is a social media platform that gives businesses and individuals the ability to develop a highly engaged audience. So, when buying followers, you lose the ability to connect with that segment of your base. Why is this?? Because these followers are not going to engage with you since they are not active on Twitter.  They only serve to pump up your numbers so that you appear as though you are popular or influential. Does this serve any long term goals you may have planned for your business?

For those who do not understand where these “paid for” followers come from, let’s explore this. A company creates 1,000’s of accounts and then distributes these followers to their clients who elect to “buy” their influence. Most of these accounts have very few followers and minimal to 0 tweets. So, if you suspect that someone is purchasing followers, those are key indicators.

Normally, there will be a cluster of suspicious followers visible on their profile. StatusPeopleFakersTool is a great tool to show you  you the percentage of inactive, real and fake followers! Thanks to Jim Dougherty  for sharing this!

Someone can go from 0 followers to 10,000 for under $100! It sounds extremely enticing and with the increasing competition among Social Media peers, it sometimes can be too alluring to ignore.  I have observed some of my well respected and influential peers fall victim to the pressure to represent themselves as true leaders with a large following.  The result however can be damaging to someone’s reputation and the reputation of the Social Media industry. Would you trust someone that you know is buying followers?

Without true engagement and relationships, the amount of followers you have basically no value. It is about being a leader, providing great content and showing that you are an expert in your niche that will draw people to you and provide you with the success you are seeking.