I’ve blocked over a thousand Twitter accounts for advertising (see why).1 Incidentally, I am not the only one that does this. I would prefer to just pay Twitter to turn off ads. This post is an attempt to get Twitter to at least offer users the option to make a small monthly payment to turn off advertisements.
Advertising is the arrogance that you can insert yourself into anyone's life just because you have money.
— Greg Slepak (@taoeffect) May 19, 2016
I hope we can fix this Twitter advertising thing. There are a lot of ways to do it, of which this is but one.
Here is a list of principled companies whose work I recommend you visit / check out because they, unlike some, respect people enough to restrain themselves from wasting money on forcibly injecting themselves into your twitter feed:
- Tao Effect LLC (that’s my company), makers of Espionage (pledge)
- Ind.ie — A social enterprise (limited by guarantee, not equity) working for social justice in the digital era by promoting and practicing Ethical Design. (pledge)
- Democracy Earth — Incorruptible governance tech for small & large communities. A global commons of peers. (pledge)
Listed in chronological order.
To add yourself, tweet using the hashtag #WePledgeToNeverPromoteOurTweets and then DM me or @mention my account with a link to the tweet. Feel free to link to this post if you’d like.2
You Can Still Market Your Company/Product!
There is a huge difference between advertising and marketing!
Ex: company creates a spot and pays to have it promoted on Twitter. That's advertising.
Marketing is when the spot gets RT'd into your feed.
— Greg Slepak (@taoeffect) March 17, 2016
Save your brand and save everyone (including yourself!) the pain of being bombarded with hundreds of promoted tweets!