Direct messages on Twitter is the best way to take social networking to the next level, but too many of them can be a big headache as they waste lot of your time. Are you getting your direct messages from the senders who you really want to network with? Are you spending too much of your time managing spam or listening to unwanted noise? Well, if this is so, we are providing few ways to control your Twitter direct message (DM) inbox.
* Don’t auto-follow everybody
Auto-follows is a easy gateway for all spammers, and best way to combat this problem is to ensure that you are selective in who you follow, and avoid auto-following everyone.
Often, spammers modify the way they operate and it is not always easy to identify them. Here we are providing few clues on ways to identify spammers and accounts that you should avoid.
•Twitter handles that are not real names
•Profile photos with stock photos
•Names with numbers
* Block all unwanted contacts
You should systematically block all spammers, as this will make your social media environment quite way to use and handle. It is very easy to block people on Twitter, and you can also remove their ability to send direct messages.
* Never connect with unrelated businesses
It would create a big confusion if you start getting promotional tweets from all types of businesses on Twitter. You can easily keep your direct message box clutter free by avoiding unconnected businesses.
If you receive direct messages that are not of any interest to you, you should immediately block all such unwanted Twitter profiles from your account.
You should study all guidelines on ways to use Twitter without getting spammed. You can set simple set of guidelines for cultivating your Twitter following. By removing unwanted Twitter profiles, you can easily reduce the time you spend in managing your Twitter account.
* Use Useful Tools for Reducing Incoming Spam
If you feel that these simple steps are not sufficient to get rid of unwanted tweets in your direct message box, we are providing few tools that can help you in this.
This is a useful tool that can help you in eliminating Twitter spam. It is even possible to set filters on SocialToo for blocking certain direct messages containing specific keywords.
* Block all Automatic Tweets from Games
Many Twitter applications automatically block polls, games and quizzes. For instance, LOLquiz can block large number of them.
Large number of auto-direct messages are sent via SocialOomph, simply because it is a popular Twitter tool. Fortunately, it is quite easy to stop all these unwanted direct messages with @optmeout:
• Follow @optmeout
• Wait for all those who send DM to follow you back
• Send @optmeout a DM
• Now unfollow @optmeout
SocialOomph has a very effective automated vetting tool for all new followers.
* Use various other filtering tools
If you are alarmed at the sudden increase in spam in your direct message box, you should research on the Internet at many websites and choose various useful tools such as TwitBlock, TwitCleaner, and Stop Tweet. You can test few of them and you can definitely find an effective one to cleanup your direct message box even more.
Don’t get alarmed by various spam messages, as there are various techniques and tools that can help you in controlling your twitter marketing so that you can concentrate on networking by interacting with right kind of people to build your network.
We had much problem with targeted Twitter spam when doing social media management for a large New York real estate company. The large Twitter following attracted a number of people trying to market selling New York condominiums or similar high profit terms. As spam had a negative influence on the company’s followers but also acted as direct competition, a range of listed tactics was employed to reduce it.