My Direct Messages mailbox in my Twitter account is full of messages saying: so-and-so uses TrueTwit validation service, to validate click here … with a link leading to an online form where I have to type the same characters I see in a weird Captcha image like this:
After having filled in a few hundred of these validation forms, I started feeling like a monkey doing scientific tests too see if there is any intelligence.
And then I saw this in a Twitter bio ‘I don’t True Twit!‘ (David G. Griffits) WOW, it never occured to me that you can actually NOT do True Twit. My brain started thinking for it’s self and decided not to fill any more validation forms of people who have the honor I follow them.
Usually my reasons why follow my actions, so here’s a few why’s on my True Twit refusal.
- True Twit is offending
Being followed by a real person on Twitter is an honor. Followers are your guests. Just like guests at home, at a theater show, at a restaurant, on Twitter, your followers are your guests. How would it be to have to fill in a form to prove you are human when you attend a show or want to dine out? It would be offensive to the bone.
- True Twit does not validate a thing
Suppose I want to sell something or support a website that sells something. I could create a few hundred Twitter accounts and auto-follow thousands of Twitter accounts to anticipate a x percentage of follow-backs. I would look to find a student from a low pay rate country to fill in a few hundreds of True Twit forms. Easy. It still doesn’t make my few hundreds of Twitter accounts human, now would they? So True Twit doesn’t make followers human.
- True Twit blocks the start of any spontaneous human connection
As soon somebody sends out an automated Direct Message (auto DM) telling me to prove myself to be human, it creates a barrier between him and me. Suppose I filled in the form, passed the test of being human, what start will we have? Usually another auto DM is send to say ‘thank you for following’. But I was allready following, even before filling in the form. After all these test I don’t feel the urge to connect much. I miss out the spontane meeting we could have had.
- True Twit ignores your gut feeling
Gut feelings can be trained. If you listen to it often enough you will be able to depend on it more and more. Why use a form to see if you can trust people? Use your gut feeling. And if you don’t trust it, test the follower by asking him a question in a mention and see how he responds. Look at somebodies timeline to see how they interact and with whom. Read their bio’s, interact. Be human yourself. This is a much friendlier way to validate your followers. And if you ask the right questions and make the right remarks, you could just have made Twitter-friends for live!
- True Twit risks letting you loose precious followers
It doesn’t matter if you fill out a True Twit form or not, followed ones follow me back anyway, most of the time. But suppose you are using True Twit and you set fixed in your mind that no matter what, a follower who doesn’t fill in your form, will not be followed back, and that follower was Barack Obama, or Beyoncé or any other celebrity. You risk the precious honor of being followed by somebody that matters. Wow… what a loss.