Another annoying and often undetected Twitter scam is making it’s way into your follow “inbox.” I am calling this new Twitter tactic the “Eddie Haskell” tactic designed to persuade you to follow a person. Here is how it works:
Eddie Haskell Tactic
- New Follower: a new Twitter follow shows up in your list of “Followers”
- Open Tweet: your new Twitter follower tweets you the following message: “@___ Thanks!”
- DM Message: the final step is to send a direct message repeating the open tweet “@____ Thanks!”
What’s The Strategy?
- Message: “Thanks!” is the follower’s first attempt to raise your curiosity and have you engage with them
- Reciprocity: open tweeting “Thanks!” begins the cycle of intended reciprocity. This is similar to the sales tactic where the salesman (usually of the car variety) tries to get you (the target) to respond to a list of questions with the answer “Yes.”
- Elicit Question: after the open tweet “Thanks!” a second direct message is sent: “Thanks!”. This second message is meant to again raise your curiosity (Why are they thanking me?) but more importantly– it “allows” you to use the private DM channel to engage with the follower
What Do You Do?
Here is my advice. Do you really want to add a new follower who uses tactics to gain your “follow” back? What is this person’s motivation in building a large following? In most cases, these types of tactics are used because the person is a MLM, affiliate marketer, or someone being paid to tweet. Your follow strengthens their network but what do you get out of the deal? A: a non targeted follower who is only concerned with their own wealth and success.