I have never seen so much spam on social media. And I don’t just mean Twitter and all the hacked DMs. Facebook, too. Even Pinterest!
I work really hard on my streams and for my clients, to ensure they’re getting real human, targeted followers to interact and engage with.
So this spamming stuff is really pissing me off.
Someone told me they didn’t know they were spamming. And for some newbies, I’m inclined to believe them. However…well….
Do You Realize You’re Spamming When…
1. Emails: You send spammy emails asking for a book review? I’m not a book reviewer (look on my site, blog, Twitter or Facebook bio…anywhere. See where I say I’m a book reviewer? NO. Cause I’m not.). Sure, I’m a reader (isn’t everyone?), but that doesn’t mean you are allowed, according to FCC guidelines regarding spam, to blanket email strangers (or even selectively email us), asking, begging for, or demanding reviews.
I mean, you can, but I’ve blocked you and reported you for spam.
See, this is why there are these things called newsletters? Where people sign up and can opt in to receive junk? Or not. MailChimp is free, and WordPress has a free plug-in (described here on Molly Greene’s fabulous blog).
So please, stop. Or keep doing it to ensure I will never, ever read your stuff.
2. AutoDMs: You add a link in automated DM (spam times two)? I immediately unfollow you. Think about it – don’t you hate those automated phone menus when trying to get to a real human on the phone? Why then, are you treating us how you hate to be treated? Or the dreaded ‘Like my Facebook page!’ Uncool, dude.
It’s douchbaggery behavior. Stop it.
3. Same Old Message: You welcome me to your stream with ‘appreciation and gratitude,’ which seems nice. Too nice (hey, I lived in NYC for a few years). So I immediately check out your stream to see you’ve sent the same message to hundreds of others. When I call you on it, you tell me spam has ‘no place in my world.’ *crickets*
4. Facebook Photo Tags: You tag me in photos that have nothing to do with me, and then include me in all the hundreds of replies? One lovely friend of mine does this and I truly do adore him. But…sigh. (I mean, if you’re going to tag me on a pic, at least be sure I’m in it and look pretty. Geez.)
5. Facebook ‘Friends:’ Friend me just to demand shares and RTs? Rude. I am not your friend. Step away from the smiley face.
6. Polls: Oh, this is classic: ‘I’m conducting a poll to see if you’ve read my book (IT’S ALL ABOUT ME http://asif.com) and if not, why not?’
7. Skype: Ooh, what about Skype? I use it for business, as I have clients all over the world. It’s a fabulous tool. Except several tools have now turned it into a pick-up joint. ‘I saw your picture and I’m dying to know (something intensely personal) about you.’
I’m sure there’s a bunch more that I’ve missed, and I’d love for you to enlighten us below. Share! Maybe someone will read it and be all, ‘Whoa. I’m a spammer!’
That’s my hope for the world.
Well, that and world peace.
Rachel Thompson is the author of newly released BadRedhead Media 30-Day Book Marketing Challenge: How to energize your book sales in a month - created to help authors market their book. She is also the author of Broken Places (one of IndieReader's "Best of 2015" top books and 2015 Honorable Mention Winner in the San Francisco Book Festival), and the multi award-winning Broken Pieces, as well as two additional humor books, A Walk In The Snark and Mancode: Exposed. She owns BadRedhead Media, creating effective social media and book marketing campaigns for authors. Her articles appear regularly in The Huffington Post, IndieReader.com, The San Francisco Book Review (BadRedhead Says…), 12Most.com, BookPromotion.com, and Self-Publishers Monthly. Not just an advocate for sexual abuse survivors, Rachel is the creator and founder of the hashtag phenomenon #MondayBlogs, #BookMarketingChat (co-hosted with Melissa Flickinger) and #SexAbuseChat, co-hosted with certified therapist/survivor, Bobbi Parish all live Twitter chats. She hates walks in the rain, running out of coffee, and coconut. She lives in California with her family.