Have the days of encouraging mailing list signups come to an end with the new trend of Tweet2Download? I hope not, and this is why.
What is Tweet2Download?
Tweet2Download is a plugin for WordPress that allows you to giveaway content in exchange for a “simple” tweet.
When you click on the button, you will get the following:
You can see why this is a great deal. Hopefully, your post will go viral if enough people tweet it and more people see the tweets from those they are following and become interested themselves. Plus, you can get some followers from the whole deal once you’ve authorized your Twitter account with the program.
Why I’m Not a Fan
Here’s the thing. I understand the benefits. But I am in the camp of not sharing things before I have reviewed them – hence why I turned off TwitterFeed, am late to the party when it comes to product reviews, and never use swipe files from affiliate programs.
So in this case, if I have to send a tweet to download something, I am going to have to share it with my network before I find out if it is really any good.
The one or two times I’ve tried it have been ok in the sense that the content I received for the tweet was worthwhile and something I would recommend to others. But I have been wary of doing it ever since, because you just never know. The last thing you want is for someone to follow your lead and be disappointed.
Sure, in my case since I have a ridiculous number of Twitter accounts for various purposes, I can use one of those to get my download without having to broadcast it to my main account. But then I have to logout, login, etc. and it’s a bit of a pain – I like things as fast and easy as possible so I can get more done throughout the day.
Believe it or not, I’d much rather sign up for a mailing list than do the tweet because I can always unsubscribe down the road, either immediately or after I have received some emails from the list. Although I can delete the tweet afterwards as well, there are still going to be people who see it before I get the chance.
Hence, I’d love to see it if people offered more alternatives to get their free content for those how are not comfortable sharing it to their followers before actually getting their hands on it. Maybe also offer it in exchange for a mailing list signup or subscription to RSS via email. A free giveaway is one of many great list building secrets.
Am I Alone in Feeling This Way?
Fortunately not! I sent a tweet a few days ago about the issue and got some immediate responses, further validating my feelings toward the subject.
@kikolani the reports of email’s demise have been greatly exaggerated.
@kikolani I’m with you.. and I may not want want to pollute my stream either!
@kikolani agreed -it sails too close to spamming for my liking – joining a mailing list is private, tweeting isn’t.
@kikolani That’s because you can unsubscribe from a list at any time, but a tweet means you’re vouching for the person or product.
@kikolani I’ve not seen that, but I’d be reluctant too. I might d/l stuff to see what it’s like, doesn’t mean I everyone to to know about it
@kikolani Not at all Kristi, I prefer a signup over a tweet
@kikolani Me too, I don’t like tweeting stuff to get stuff =/ Feels kind of disrespectful to followers.
We don’t download ANYTHING until we know the source @kikolani That may be why you aren’t into this “tweet to download phenomenon”.
Your Thoughts on Tweet2Download
Have you come across the new way to get “free” content, or have you used it yourself? What are your thoughts?