Sometimes I get suprised by somebody I thought he could not suprise me anymore. After the “Hot Teacher” Affaire followed by the “Toilet Man” Fiasco I thought Myngle would have learned how not to do marketing.
Today I received the following tweet:
Sure, 300 new followers, a microwave plus the chance to see Michael Jackson (a)live in London. But ok, as I am curious I clicked the link that would get me to the Twitter Train!
On the main page, you will read the following
Twitter Train is the only place to expand your Twitter followers. Its FREE to join so you have nothing to loose by giving it a go.
I thought you would expand your follower list by
1. Add value to Twitter by sharing useful information
2. Following people you are interested in and get followed back by them
3. Not spamming Tweeple
And, au contraire, there is a lot to lose (watch my spelling). Your real followers, for example and your professionalism of course by tweeting “I need more followers, no matter how!”
When you login you will be taken to a screen with other Twitter users, on here you follow the members and then get added to the front of the train for the next 40 visitors to follow.
Cool, snowball system style. Follow all the small egos who paid for getting followed plus some random dudes. Then we will deliver random dudes to you! Yay!
Remember VIP members get tons more followers because they stay on the train all day, so make sure you become a VIP member.
Yes, and don’t forget to pay! Because VIP members get tons of random dudes every single day! Your ego will grow exponentially!
But wait, it is getting better. Click on the “I agree with the rules” and you will read
* You have to add all vip users and 20 regular users to join the train.
* We may use your account to promote our services, with the exception of VIP account.
* An update will be posted on your account upon signing in, You can delete anytime.
* The fee for VIP is non-refundable.
I did not join – OF COURSE NOT – so I cannot tell you how many VIP users there are. But giving permission to someone to use my Twitter account to deliver HIS marketing spam is really – for the lack of a better word – STUPID. And on the other hand paying to get random followers just to blow up your ego is … exactly, the same.
Therefore, dear Myngle management: whoever is responsible for this new marketing desaster (and it has the handwriting of Toilet Man) – please get rid of this person.
One teacher already mentioned it a couple of times in the forum: you represent us, the teachers with what you do and how you do it. So please get someone who knows what he/she is doing or just leave it.
P.S. If you really need more followers, try services like MrTweet. Or, even better, tweet daily but remember 80/20: 80% useful information 20% marketing your services. You could even ask some of your Myngle teachers out there. Most of them do a really great job!