This weekend, I decided to try Ifttt, a service that enables you to create interesting recipes that can connect your social networks, amongst many other things. One sends selected tweets from Twitter to App.net
. Another one -- which I've since disabled -- sent a direct message to every new follower on Twitter.
I tried two versions, to a total of 481 accounts over 21 hours. The first version suggested that people could connect to my Facebook and Google+ accounts, if they liked. The second sent an email address: "Thank you for the follow! If you have a news tip or comment, you can always email me (email@example.com). Cheers. -Alex"
The direct feedback on the direct messages themselves was mixed. Megan Harris let me know that the Google+ link (google.com/+AlexanderHoward
) didn't go through and that she didn't care much for auto DMs in general.