Oct 9 2009
Our browser is reporting Tweecha as an attack page that is known to steal user’s personal information. Hence, we removed all links to it. We leave the article here for posterity or until the issue can be clarified.
Since the inception of the web it has been a medium for conveying information. At first it was the realm of uber geeks with their usenet connections and pocket protectors. Then businesses joined in, speeding up transactions and reaching global markets. Lastly, the rest of the party came- you, me, and everyone else. A whole market rose up of people connecting with each other over the internet. All sharing their innermost thoughts, or just random tidbits about the day. The desire to hear or be heard, to know or be known, has been a staple in the world of web.
One of the most sought after places to gain attention in recent times has been Twitter. In limited 140 character blurbs you can let all your followers know the answer to a very simple question, “What are you doing?” Friends use this to keep everyone up to date with their comings and goings. Businesses have embraced it as an easy to use mailing list. For those seeking a broader audience the question becomes, how do you gain followers? Certainly sending out invites to friends and business associates is a good place to start. Placing links to your Twitter profile page in highly trafficked sites will also bring in some guests. They can be added one by one if you search for various commonalities. In this case you follow someone in the hopes they will follow you. Once the initial network of connections is exhausted, gaining followers on Twitter can be a time consuming process.
Tweecha is a service that assists with just that- gathering more followers for your flock. They provide a very simple product offering. Select one of eight packages, pay via paypal, fill out a brief questionnaire, and then watch your followers come in. The packages are from 500 followers to a clean 100,000 and are priced from $25 to $3000.
The only significant fields in the questionnaire are to list keywords that identify your business and the url that they’re targeting. So if you’re a Nigerian scammer you’d put, easy money, Bill Gates, and help now, with a link to an “official” website. Once you sign up it gives you a confirmation email with the instructions that it’s OK to tweet, but not to follow or unfollow anyone until the process is over.
My experience with Tweecha is that it seems to have worked just fine. I noticed an immediate uptick in hits as a result of more people visiting my Twitter profile page. I went from having 144 followers to 416 in a day. By the end of the week I was pushing 700. Fortunately I had turned off all email notifications as I don’t really need a couple hundred emails. It would have provided a nice demonstration of what it’s like to be famous, but once that wore off I’d just delete them. Probably much like a famous person would.
The site itself is clean, and well done. I made the following observations with their service.
- When entering data it uses the word keyword. I know that within industry keyword means both single words and phrases. For instance both “happy” and “happy days” are considered single keywords. Most of the world considers a keyword a single word. The questionnaire could be a little more clear and say “Keywords or Key Phrases”, and include example using both one and two word entries.
- After submitting the questionnaire, I was redirected to a page that says, “Thank you for filling out our new client registration. We will begin your porject shortly.” Minor typo!
- Thank you email has a typo as well. “Feel free to tweet as often as you like. In know way do we want to limit you from continue to communicate with your friends and followers.” I’m a phonetic mispeller as well. We know what you mean, and that you know how to use proper grammar. This just needs to be fixed.
- The thank you email also conveys a little more info about how the service works, in that they’ll follow a large number of people in order to gain followers for you. It also indicates that if you have a problem with this then you can stop the process and they’ll reset the account to where it was. BUT, they can’t guarantee that the followers that remain won’t abandon you for good. This information might have been posted in the FAQ as opposed to the email I receive after I’ve already signed up. It also sets off more flags than was really necessary, as I found out later.
Following more people than those that follow you affects the way people perceive you. If everyone follows you because they like you it makes you look cool. If you’re following everyone and only have a few that choose to follow, it basically makes you look like a loser, a groveler, or let’s just say it, a moron. I’ve long since given up on trying to convince anyone that I’m none of those, so I didn’t really worry about it. I will say though, if someone follows me the first thing I check is their following to followers ratio. If it’s way out of whack then I don’t follow them back.
The final email allayed my fears that I would be following too many people per capita followers. It says that the service was complete, but over the next 48 hours they’ll be cleaning out my uninterested followers. I noticed in the middle of the service my following to follower ratio was about 2:1. Now it’s approaching a healthy 1:1.
The only real problem I had with the service was getting myself over the mental hurdle of giving away my Twitter login information. In my search for some reassurance to comfort my disquieted soul I clicked on the testimonials page. It merely increased my terror levels as I was presented with a form where I could offer my testimonial. They didn’t list one testimonial at all. The FAQ was a lot more helpful where I learned a little more about their service and that Tweecha follows all the guidelines in Twitter’s TOS.
The other issue was with the final email that indicated the service was complete. It said they’re done, but still working for 48 hours cleaning up people I’m following who did not reciprocate. It’s unclear whether I can start following and unfollowing people or if I should wait two days before resuming my account. Will I get another email signing off from my acccount or will they just fade away? When is it OK to change my password again? What I think is that Tweecha needs three emails.
- Thank you for signing up for Tweecha, feel free to Tweet, don’t follow/unfollow during this time. And that there will be a rise in the amount of followers during the process, which will be cleaned up at the end.
- Congratulations Tweecha has attained 500 followers per your Tweecha 500 plan. Now we’re in the process of cleaning up the uninterested followers, which takes approximately 48 hours. We’ll notify you when we’re done. In the meantime you can/can’t follow or unfollow other users. (As of right now I don’t know what I can or can’t do.)
- Congratulations! Your Tweecha 500 service is complete. We recommend you change your password. Enjoying your Tweeting.
If they’d like they could skip the second email and just have a start, and a finish email. The issue I have is that I received a closing email but the account isn’t completely mine yet. I’d like to change my password as soon as they’re done but think I’ll have to wait 2 days, (3-4 just to be safe).
My public testimonial for Tweecha is that it’s a great way for businesses to gather more followers on Twitter. For the low price of $25 it’s an easy way to increase the amount of traffic to your site. The only downside is the somewhat indiscriminate collection of followers and people you’ll end up following. The chances of finding anything interesting in my Twitter account are fairly low, since it’s filled with all sorts of businesses and other curious individuals. I did find this one inspirational piece of advice.
“I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness because it shows me the stars.” Og Mandino
For me, it’s already raised my traffic and significantly increased my ability to let people know of news or new posts. It’s kind of fun to have a following and know that I can Tweet myself to some easy hits.