According to Webster’s dictionary, engagement is defined as emotional involvement or commitment. And social media requires this emotional involvement for any of us to be successful. So, why would anyone use a Twitter validation service? Does it really matter who follows you on Twitter?
I am always looking for people to follow on Twitter. People who look interesting, or who have an atypical bio. But the other day, I was included in a #FollowSaturday which I retweeted. I then received a mention from one of the people within the list, thanking me for the mention. After receiving this “thank you” I checked out the persons’ profile, and decided it was someone I would like to continue to follow. So, follow I did.
Except I didn’t. Actually, I couldn’t. Why? Because this person uses a Twitter validation service called True Twit. After trying to follow him, I received a direct message indicated that, “XXX uses TrueTwit validation service. To validate click here:”.
Why should there be this many steps to try and connect with someone on Twitter. After all, if you don’t like me, you don’t have to follow me back. Social media is all about connecting with people we can’t normally connect with. It’s about conversation. It’s about engagement. How engaging is it that you don’t trust me enough to let me follow you? When at a networking event, do you ask the people you meet to first validate that their intentions are pure? Do you ask for a DNA test before talking? When calling people, do you want them to ask you to validate your purpose for calling?
But by asking me to “validate” myself, you are doing just that. You are telling me, actually shouting at me, that you don’t trust me, that I will do something unjust with our newfound relationship.
I have a policy regarding anyone using the TrueTwit service. I unfollow you. There is no relationship. There will be none.
Social media is about engagement. And asking me to prove my worth isn’t engagement. It’s just plain rude.
Do you use TrueTwit or another validation service? Pro? Con? Sound off below!
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About Craig Yaris
Craig E. Yaris is the owner of EsquireTech Solutions, which helps small business get found on the social web, whether through Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn, he can both teach you the effective use of any social network or act as your social media manager, enabling you to reach your clients where they are and when they want to hear from you. He can teach your organization the social media best practices that can help you use the tools of today to cost-effectively increase your bottom line. EsquireTech Solutions brings the social web to your business. Visit EsquireTech Solutions or call 516-495-9107 .