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I'm not able to get onto social media much during the day and I want to set up auto-response on my Twitter account for certain keywords from other tweeters so I don't continue to miss them. So far, I haven't found any way to do it that doesn't involve monthly fees to one service or another. Do any KB'ers who use Twitter know how to do this? Thanks anyway.
 

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If there is such a thing, it's news to me. All I can think of is to search for each of your key terms and then save the searches. It won't send responses for you, but you'll be able to see all the tweets that match your search terms and respond to them later.
 

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I'm not sure how you can do it, though you must be able to since I sometimes get a weird SPAM tweet in response to something I've tweeted.  My recommendation, DON'T DO IT!  Auto replies smack of SPAM.

What I did do is set up my mobile with my Twitter account.  I made it so that tweets that mention my twitter name (@SMacLeod_Author) or messages sent directly to me also go to my phone.  I can then decided if I want to log onto Twitter through my phone, send a reply via text, or wait until I get home to deal with it.  Simples.
 

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I discovered a service that enables it at a monthly fee so I'm not willing to do it, plus I agree, I don't want to spam anyone so I set up the searches for tweets on subjects I want to follow. Works great and I can easily track conversations I miss and comment later. I hated missing good topics while at work. Sorted :)
 

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So that's where those spam tweets are coming from. :mad: If that's the case, then no, please don't do auto-responses. It sounds like it would just end up getting you reported to the Twitter police.
 

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I've got my account set up to text me any tweet referring to my handle, and I can send a generic tweet out.

That's it, but it's been enough for me.
 

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I set up an auto tweet to thank new followers for following me (which I was sending manually and taking too much time). The subjects I want to follow, I saved as a search so I can track them more easily and catch up on them at the end of the day.
 

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The only type of auto-DM that doesn't bother me is a "thanks for following me!", but I just delete them. Ones with links or check this out, unless it's a friend DMing me, I delete.

I've set up paper.li as an auto tweet, but it doesn't DM people. DM to me is used for private personal communication. Just my opinion.
 

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I can't tweet worth a twit.

It seems like a person would have to have a smart phone to keep up with all that. I can only get on there (or most places) at home, so I just check out what's on the Twitter page. I re-tweet some stuff that looks cool. I normally put news about my book on the blog. Then I'll tweet a link to that. Once in a while, I can come up with something witty and original to say as an original tweet.

I don't even own a cell phone...and never will. I don't have a laptop, either. I guess I'm chained to the ethernet for life.
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Doug DePew said:
I can't tweet worth a twit.

It seems like a person would have to have a smart phone to keep up with all that. I can only get on there (or most places) at home, so I just check out what's on the Twitter page. I re-tweet some stuff that looks cool. I normally put news about my book on the blog. Then I'll tweet a link to that. Once in a while, I can come up with something witty and original to say as an original tweet.

I don't even own a cell phone...and never will. I don't have a laptop, either. I guess I'm chained to the ethernet for life.
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And here I thought I was the only luddite around :). I have no excuse, my day job is a computer specialist, but hey, that doesn't mean I want to carry one around with me. And I hate phones you have to reboot. LOL

As for twitter, I try, but I'm the world's worst. I just refuse to tweet about what I'm doing, eating, or saying every minute. As if anyone would even care. (ROFL) And I'm not brilliant enough to have challenging/interesting things to say on even a daily basis.
 

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JenniHolbrook-Talty said:
The only type of auto-DM that doesn't bother me is a "thanks for following me!", but I just delete them. Ones with links or check this out, unless it's a friend DMing me, I delete.

I've set up paper.li as an auto tweet, but it doesn't DM people. DM to me is used for private personal communication. Just my opinion.
I totally agree with Jenni on this point! Sending me an auto-thanks DM with links to your books is a one-way ticket to unfollow land. Even the plain thanks messages without links just get deleted without being looked at and puts you on the "might be naughty" list. Twitterspam really, really irritates me.
 

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JenniHolbrook-Talty said:
The only type of auto-DM that doesn't bother me is a "thanks for following me!",
I have question about tweets, if Jenni or someone else can help. When we post the tweets, are these seen by just followers or both followers and following.

This may be a silly question, because I am not that familiar with use of twitter. Thanks.
 

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*DrDln* (dr.s.dhillon) said:
I have question about tweets, if Jenni or someone else can help. When we post the tweets, are these seen by just followers or both followers and following.

This may be a silly question, because I am not that familiar with use of twitter. Thanks.
There's three different type of messages. If you just type in an update your followers will see it on their pages. If you start your line with @username you are replying to that person and the message goes just to that person, although anyone who is following you both will also see it. These first two types can actually be seen by anyone, not just those following you. Twitter allows searches for hashtags and words that will bring up your messages to anyone looking for them. The third type is a DM and starts with d username. This is a private message that only the two of you can see. This is the only type of message that others can not see.

Hope that clarifies things a bit. :)
 

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There's three different type of messages. If you just type in an update your followers will see it on their pages. If you start your line with @username you are replying to that person and the message goes just to that person, although anyone who is following you both will also see it. These first two types can actually be seen by anyone, not just those following you. Twitter allows searches for hashtags and words that will bring up your messages to anyone looking for them. The third type is a DM and starts with d username. This is a private message that only the two of you can see. This is the only type of message that others can not see.
Hope that clarifies things a bit. :)
Your message had been quite clear and helpful. The problem is with me...lol

The only message I am talking, asking, and know is when you click on "home" then you see "what's happening?" And you type the message. My simple question is does that go to everyone or followers or following...

It will be great, if you can clarify that for me. Of course, if you happen to see the message. I do appreciate your reply Coral. I still have to try other kind of messages. Thanks.
 

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I have not heard of the technology, but I bet it does exist.  I can say this, I do get "bot-like" replies to posts I make on Twitter and it always succeeds in just ticking me off and makes me delete the response.  I have to say, social media works better if you take the time to do it yourself.  You get a more positive response creating your own thought-out replies.

Yeah, I also work for a PR firm...so...I give out advice like this all the time...but trust me...it gets results.
 

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*DrDln* (dr.s.dhillon) said:
Your message had been quite clear and helpful. The problem is with me...lol

The only message I am talking, asking, and know is when you click on "home" then you see "what's happening?" And you type the message. My simple question is does that go to everyone or followers or following...

It will be great, if you can clarify that for me. Of course, if you happen to see the message. I do appreciate your reply Coral. I still have to try other kind of messages. Thanks.
You can send any of the three kinds of messages in the "what's happening" space. It all depends on how you start the message. If you don't preface it with an @ or a d, everyone who follows you will see it on their main wall (unless they have you in a list, or have you filtered somehow). Your followers followers (I think that's what you're asking about) will not see the message unless one of your followers retweets it. People you are following but who are not following you will not see your messages unless you send them directly with the @.

Again, anyone can see your regular or @ messages if they choose to look for them, but they won't see them by default.

(Edited because I was a dork when I posted this yesterday and didn't proof it.)
 

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Coral said:
...People you are following but who are not following you will not see your messages unless you send them directly with the @.
This answers my real concern. That's what I thought.

I do appreciate your help and detailed explanation. Thanks a lot Coral.

If someone wants me on their lists: my twitter ID: drdln
I am not sure, if I used these twitter terms right...
 

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balaspa said:
I have not heard of the technology, but I bet it does exist. I can say this, I do get "bot-like" replies to posts I make on Twitter and it always succeeds in just ticking me off and makes me delete the response. I have to say, social media works better if you take the time to do it yourself. You get a more positive response creating your own thought-out replies.

Yeah, I also work for a PR firm...so...I give out advice like this all the time...but trust me...it gets results.
I get "bot-like" replies, too, with links to products, which I ignore. I don't mind the "thank you for following" tweets at all and used to respond to those personally to build a rapport, but it took too much time. These are the only ones I have set on auto to save time. Everything else, I agree with what you stated and respond directly.
 
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