TrueTwit for spam control?

TrueTwit for spam control?

I was setting up a new Twitter account for a client and got my first ever TrueTwit validation email. Here's what the site says about its service: By signing up now for TrueTwit Basic, all of your new followers are sent a validation request via direct message. If your follower successfully completes the CAPTCHA (or is already a TrueTwit user), you are sent an email indicating they are a TrueTwit-validated human! I'm not a fan of auto-follow services. And because I don't auto-follow-back, I'm not concerned if a bot-account follows me. Here's the rub: if you sign up for the free service, then each and every person who follows you will get a DM demanding that they prove they are a person! That's not very friendly. Just say no. FYI: Here's what Twitter says about automated tweets.    continue reading →
Social media tips and reminders from #WLW14

Social media tips and reminders from #WLW14

What happens when Hubspot pulls together representatives of Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter with the goal of holding the world's largest webinar? For the answer, see the Storify below. But I have three points for webinar organizations/presenters: Acknowledge where you're providing  basic info for level-setting or background. Let us know that you know the info is basic, which implies that momentarily your info will be worth hanging around to hear. Put data points on the visuals being shared with the live and future audience, so you can avoid having "39" reported as "45." Never ever ever skimp on audio quality. [<a href="//storify.com/kegill/social-media-secrets-highlights-of-a-hubspot-webin" target="_blank">View the story "Social media secrets: highlights from #WLW14" on Storify</a>]continue reading →
Make it stop! End click-bait headlines now

Make it stop! End click-bait headlines now

Updated 24 January 2014: Got Chrome? Then check out Downworthy: a hyperbolic headline project. The tweet showed up in one of my journalism groups. 14-year-old girl stabbed her little sister 40 times, police say. The reason why will shock you. http://t.co/5ZFqHFrviw — CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) January 23, 2014   Most were appalled. Click-bait: a tweet, Facebook status or hyperlink written in such a provocative manner as to make clicking on it irresistible. Ethics be damned. I used to reserve the term for misleading text -- promise one thing, deliver another. Now I think of it as emotional manipulation. Irony alert > this image showed up in my newsfeed yesterday: About that CNN tweet To be fair to the person who wrote the tweet, the reporter led with something similar: An 11-year-old Illinois girl was stabbed 40 times by her 14-year-old sister, police say, and the reason why has many…continue reading →