• Jim Kukral

    I think when you add the bot to it, yes. Without the bot, no. Big difference in my opinion.

    I just emailed about 300 of my associates… one at a time with personal emails, but all with the same-ish message. If I would have automated it to people I didn’t know, yeah, it would have been spam. But since I did it “manually” and I knew the people already, it’s not spam.

    But your point is good. Business should be doing this in some capacity. I say forget the bots. Get an intern.

  • Kenton Newby

    The level of “spammy-ness” also has to do with how close a match there is between what the person tweeted and what the offer is. So you say a contest? Okay, sure…why not. But a blatant “come buy my stuff” sales pitch? Ummm…big no-no. And that’s regardless of whether it’s done manually or with a bot.

    Case in point: The Internet marketing event I just went to this past weekend was something I didn’t even know about until I got a random email from the coordinators. They saw a post I added on another site and sent me an email about it. Unsolicited? Yes. Good match? Yes. So I went, it was cool and I plan to attend more.

    But if they had kept hounding me about it via email I would have been more than slightly annoyed. The same is true for tweets. If someone keeps talking about “vacation”, “need a vacation”, etc and keeps getting auto-tweets, that’s definitely spammy.


  • Adam

    I agree and I’m surprised I haven’t received any spam messages on twitter. Would definitely like to know if anyone has and see how they were generated.