If you’re active on Twitter, then you know just what an annoyance automated DMs (direct messages) can be. You may get so many of them that you miss important DMs because they’re buried in between so much junk! Plus, these DMs will clutter your inbox if, like me, you get updates by email and on your cellphone. Going through and deleting them, or un-following those that sent them to you, is time-consuming and, personally, I don’t have that time to waste.
Well, I’m here to tell you that you’re suffering needlessly! Opting out of auto DMs is super easy. I can’t believe so many people out there don’t know about this little secret!
To opt out of auto DMs:
- Follow @OptMeOut. Wait for @OptMeOut to follow you back (usually within minutes). You’ll get a DM from them that confirms this.
- Reply to @OptMeOut’s DM. Say anything you want, it doesn’t matter.
- You’ll receive one last DM to confirm you’re opted out. Then unfollow @OptMeOut if you’d like.
That’s it! You should stop receiving auto DMs within hours. You can read more detailed instructions at Social Oomph. I don’t recall exactly, but I think I may have learned this from Darren Rowse (ProBlogger), as he has a blog all about Twitter… TwiTips.com. Happy tweeting! – @ohMariana
Ann Williams says
Thanks–I have just started getting a bunch of annoying ones!
Ryan Meray says
That only works to opt you out of automated DMs from the SocialOomph app, which is a very small subset of the people who auto-DM. It’s a nice tip though, but it’s not going to have a big effect on one’s DM inbox.
Have you actually tried this? I find that it probably filters 95% of my auto-DMs, as most people do use SocialOomph for their welcome messages. There are a handful of other apps that will auto-DM (like PollPigeon: https://pollpigeon.com/optout/) but they are few and far between. In fact, many of those apps have been shutdown. It’s been months since I’ve gotten one of those MafiaWars messages, for example.