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