Many people worry about spam and fake followers on Twitter. Some people to combat this will use a site called TrueTwit to validate their new followers.
Stop wasting time with SPAMMERS on twitter.
We will validate your followers so you don’t have to.
Now this sounds like a great sevice; but on a deeper look it’s just a waist of time. New real users have to click a link to say hey I’m real to follow you. Oh wait the service doesn’t block people from still following you anyways.
Help!! If someone doesn’t complete the validation request, they won’t be able to follow me!!
Nope. Not at all. TrueTwit doesn’t prevent you from following anyone, nor do we stop anyone from following you. If someone doesn’t complete the validation request, they can still follow you.
In fact, if you follow someone first, and they follow you back, they’re not even sent a validation request.
Then further down there FAQ page
I know after a new follower follows me, they will receive a validation request, but what happens if they don’t respond? Will they be blocked until they are validated or can they still follow me?
If someone doesn’t respond to the validation request, they will show up on the Manage Followers page as not having verified, but they will not be blocked.
Twitter allows anyone to follow anyone else, and there isn’t much TrueTwit can do about it. However what we can do is help you decide whether or not to follow or block someone.
Now they state that no matter what people will still be able to follow you and see your tweets.
Whats the real value?
So this service is suppose to validate users and help block spam but still allows for them to follow anyways.
I don’t see the value in this, it’s just another site to have to visit and credentials to remember. It would be easier to just use a client like Tweetdeck and create a new user column and block the actual spam bots that end up following you.
I don’t listen to the Direct Messages asking me to validate that I am real. If I follow someone it’s because we have some kind of like interest. I was surprised after following a couple people and got the TrueTwit message. What surprised me was not receiving the message but the fact I could still follow the user’s tweet stream. Ending with me doing some research. I personally will never use TrueTwit basic or premium ($20 yr) as it in my opinion gives no added value.
If this service actually blocked users from seeing the stream until approved it would be brought up on my list of sites/services to possibly use.
How do you feel about services like this?