said 1 year, 3 months ago:
@rich-brooks I don’t automate messages in any of the social platformes I am active on, and don’t intend to either. In fact, I don’t respond personally either, it would be too time consuming. To me, there is a different way to say “thanks for following” and that’s by either following back the person, retweeting his or her material, etc.
Having said that, I can’t recall who mentioned this last week, but I recall of someone of uses an automated tweet saying something like “Hey, thanks for following me. This is a bot sending this message, but any future tweets will be from me directly”. I thought it was honest and blunt, yet effective.