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Example of Unwanted Soliciting on Twitter

Some jerk on Twitter DM’ed me this message, out of the blue, soon after I followed him back:

christine cavalier, purplecar, pictures of tweets, at replies


If you can’t see the direct message image, it says: “Please click [redacted] and wait for the second page (first goes after 40sec) then clcik ‘discover your influence’ and register” (yes, I noticed the typo in “click” and yes, I covered up the website.)

Anyone who has been using Twitter even for just a  little while knows that this sort of unsolicited request is verboten. It is a real breach in etiquette, and is a tactic used only by charlatans. This sort of thing damages rather than helps your reputation. This user never contacted me before. This rude DM was my introduction to him.

So, this was my response:

my smart response

my DM back to this a-hole

(I know it has his picture there, but this DM is my response back to coffeemate49.) If you can’t see the DM I sent back, it says “1. Don’t DM me advertisements. 2. 40 seconds is a ridiculous loadtime. 3. You’re assuming I give a shit about my “influence.”

I then unfollowed this jerk, so he couldn’t send me any more unwanted solicitations via DM.

He then @replies me, sending this tweet, referring to an earlier general tweet of mine where I said “Here’s one thing to know about me: I’m going to tell you the truth. Don’t ask me if you don’t want it:”

christine cavalier, purplecar, twitter, posts, blog

coffeemate49 is a spammer

If you can’t see this jerk’s response, it says “@PurpleCar I very rarely DM followers, it was a request for a little social help not an advert – you’re rude rather than ‘truthful’. Bye”  A little social help? You want me to authorize my Twitter account to your API bullshit app and I don’t know you OR your app? Uh, no. That’s a no-brainer, you idiot.

Listen up, developers. This is a case example that demonstrates nicely how NOT to get people to test your app. Don’t DM ppl, and for god’s sake, make the site usable. I’m not sitting around a strange website for 40 seconds so you can scam my email and Twitter accounts.

I was merciful, and that, on Twitter is always a mistake, and I didn’t immediately block the guy. I then responded with this:

purplecar, christine cavalier, blog, tweets, pictures of tweets

If you can’t see the text, I said “you commanded me to register for a site and u used dm to do it. That is rude.” Just because a person sticks in a “Please” doesn’t mean it wasn’t a rude direction. I don’t know this dufus. This guy didn’t take the time to ask me if I would consider helping him with a site. He never made the time to have a conversation with me on Twitter, no attempt at simple decorum. Forget it! That is a sure sign of a spammer, and clicking on any websites from people like this is a sure ticket on the trouble train.

So, despite this douchebag’s promise to say “BYE” at the end of his last tweet, he @ replied this:

christine cavalier, tweets, twitter, blog, purplecar

Coffeemate49 is an asshole.

If you can’t see the image, his tweet says “ @PurpleCar I requested – your reading of my message as a command says far more about you than about me.”

Yeah. You know what it says about me, you stupid, immoral, uneducated jerk? It says, “I block you now.”

Comments on this entry are closed.

  • PurpleCar 13 July 2010, 6:31 am

    Oh, and I added one last tweet before I blocked the guy, telling him that he’s an asshole. I truly don’t know if he realizes that. It’s my pleasure to provide him with this much-needed information.

  • Glen McNamee 13 July 2010, 6:34 am

    It’s idiots like this that spoil twitter.

  • Mr. Curiosity 13 July 2010, 9:39 am

    Maybe You should have reported him as spam with Twitter as payback for what he did to You. For what it’s worth, You did the right thing. What he did was rude with capital characters. If You want someone to respond to You You should do the decent thing, make contact, first!! Asking by dm can only be done if there is an sort of relationship in my opinion. Thank You for alerting the Twitter peeps to this caracter. If only more people would take the time to talk about the day to day irritations of todays world. We all could help eachother fighting against a-holes like this douchebag.

  • Rob Blatt 13 July 2010, 9:44 pm

    Don’t feed the trolls!

    • PurpleCar 14 July 2010, 7:48 am

      I know, right? I was trying to help him out at first, showing him that he won’t get much help from people with that approach, but then he just trolled me. Oh well, no good deed goes unpunished!

  • joeyfortman 14 July 2010, 12:28 pm

    WOOHOOO! I absolutely HATE it when people do that. That is EXACTLY what I do. Spamming me- REALLY pisses me off. It just goes to show that the person doing it has ZERO twitter etiquette!!

  • Stephen Denny 15 July 2010, 12:28 pm

    Stuff like this changed how I approach Twitter. Gone are the days of mass follows of “people who like people and who would probably like me.” I’m culling my list and keeping it much more personal at this point. An auto DM is a sure way to raise your hand and identify yourself as someone we don’t need to follow anyway, so I thank them in my own way. It takes time to engage with people on Twitter! This is less casual than it once was. So if the other party is spamming you, it’s OK to quickly move on. Hurt feelings are fleeting. “Forget it, Jake, it’s Chinatown. Or Twitter. Either one.”

    • PurpleCar 15 July 2010, 1:50 pm

      oooh nice Chinatown reference.

      Yeah, I suppose I get less auto DMs than I used to. Still, it kind of makes it
      all the more annoying… I forget and move on. But not before I block. >:-)

      -Christine Cavalier