Why I Hate TweetRandomizer

You’re following cool people, and you want to tell the world just how cool they are.  TweetRandomizer.com is a site that will pick a random one of your friends once per day and announce to everyone:

Random Tweet

Random Tweet

You think you’re promoting people, but here’s the reality:

  • Random data is useless. I don’t know WHY you’re following this user.  It could be your wife, your doctor, your favorite TV personality, or one of your coworkers that guilted you into following them because they followed you first.
  • Some people follow everybody. They just autofollow everybody back automatically, so they end up following Viagra dealers.  I don’t want to take the time to figure out if you’re one of those wackos.
  • There’s too many people using it. I’m starting to get a dozen messages per morning that are essentially random noise.

Bottom line: if you didn’t write it yourself, I don’t want to read it.

So I’m unfollowing anybody who uses this tool, or a tool like it to automatically send out random data.  When you’re ready to write all your tweets yourself, let me know, and I’ll follow you again.

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  • I’ve never thought about how TweetRandomizer works because I just ignore the tweets they produce. So it hadn’t occurred to me that I’d show up in a TweetRandomizer message if someone following me uses it. It’s kind of embarrassing since I’d rather not have my profile associated with something so lame… also makes me glad I block the spammers who follow me.

  • This seems almost as annoying as the “retweet this to win xxx” retweets.

  • Not related. My browser is reporting that your website has been reported as unsafe. I am sure this is not the case but you will want to investigate I am sure.

    I have visited your site many times before and this is the first time I see such a warning.

    Just thought I would let you know! Keep up the good work.

  • I would like to throw into the ring my dislike for the foursquare updates, and the fact that you are Mayor McCheese of McDonalds someplace in the country… who cares.

  • Good news, the new Tweetdeck has global filters and native Foursquare support so you can now filter out all that crap from your stream and not have to deal with it.


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