Just Because You Can Is Not An Excuse – Ireland.com’s Stupid Automated Twitter Messages

Whether it’s technology or life in general you’ll always run into people doing odd things. When you ask them why they did it they’ll simply reply:

“Because I could”

Just because you can do something doesn’t mean that it’s either a good idea or even advisable.

Take Twitter (again!)

Using a 3rd party service you can automate a lot of things. So when someone new follows your user you can send your new “fan” a message.

Unfortunately most people don’t know how to use this kind of service properly and end up simply abusing it.

Spammers send you affiliate links and general rubbish that you could live without.

What about Ireland.com?

You’d think that a company of their size would have more sense, but they obviously still don’t “get” Twitter.

Their Twitter account sent me this useless rubbish at around 6am this morning a few hours after I “followed” them:
“Thanks for following www.Ireland.com we are always interested in Real stories from Real people passionate about Ireland – Why not share you views – Or visit the site for News, Sport, Gigs, Email, TV, Booking Hotels, etc”

Considering the amount of automated spammy messages I get my only reaction to this is – unfollow immediately. It leaves me wondering if Ireland.com have any semblance of a clue about how to use Twitter.

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2 thoughts on “Just Because You Can Is Not An Excuse – Ireland.com’s Stupid Automated Twitter Messages

  1. Maybe it is just me…but I dont see anything wrong with their auto reply…everyone on twitter has some automated reply which usually just says thanks for following….they are at least asking you to contribute to their site and giving the follower an idea of what to expect in the future from them, which is not always obvious from the extremely small bio on a Twitter homepage

  2. I’d be among the list of people who will un-follow for automated self promotion type messages.

    Last time it happened it got an instant un-follow from me. I’m on twitter to interact with people for the most part … not to have automated responses sent to me … it doesn’t give me a tingly feeling

    While I’m not exactly promoting my business on there I try interacting with people.

    One it starts to get all automated then its lost its appeal for me #moonfruit 😀

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