I first came across the TrueTwit Validation service a few weeks ago when I followed someone and I received a TrueTwit DM back asking me to “validate” myself. This seemed a little strange but I went through the process anyway…. and then I didn’t receive the return follow that I had expected was the purpose of the validation.

I received a second TrueTwit DM from someone I followed earlier today. After my previous experience, my first reaction this time was to be slightly annoyed. I did a quick Google search and found this post by someone who reacts the same way but states their case a little more strongly than I do:

Are you one of those who use TrueTwit Validation service? How’s that going for you? TrueTwit is, IMHO, the most annoying twitter service available. I understand the premise, stop or reduce the amount of Spam in your time line. Does it do this? No, it really doesn’t. What it does do is annoy your possible followers. One of the reasons for this service is the auto-follow feature. Now, if I am going through the process of filling out the captcha, then I basically expect a follow from you. Eight out of ten times I don’t see that. So now I have basically paid for the privilege of following you. That’s kind of arrogant, don’t you think?
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I make my decisions on who I want to follow based on a couple criteria: 1) Do they say that they are from Maple Ridge or a neighbouring community? 2) When I look at their Twitter feed, do they post at least some tweets that interest me? If the answer to both questions is “Yes” then I follow them. If the answer to only one question is “Yes” then I might follow them.

I don’t think I’m going to bother “validating” myself this time. If someone is interested in following me based on looking at my Twitter content then they are welcome to follow me.