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When Twitter Spams

Friend is learning to Twitter. I had a special conversation with him the other day. He forwarded me some tools others had recommended, and I teased him on the “1st line of text.” If it says “it’s legal” or it will “increase your follower count,” it’s spam. Just like in email. Doth protest too much.

Quick tips to identifying Twitter spam:
- Woman’s name + some numbers, in the username.
- Follow ratio is way off, they follow lots, nobody follows them.
- “get rich quick” scheme, regarding followers.
- Look at their posts- all plugs for products

Recommended Tools I’m Using Now
TweetDeck – organizes your Twitter followers, includes basic functions like search, recommends, etc.
Topify – sends rich email with Twitter info, and methods to follow via email

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Written on Saturday, 20. June 2009 at 09:20 In the category social networks. Follow the comments via RSS here: RSS-Feed. Read the Comments. Trackbacks- Trackback on this post. Share on FriendFeed

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5 Comments »

  1. Thanks, Anna. I am trying to find out how to use twitter as a service. Of course we want to plug our products (I am working for a photo service), but I don’t want to serve spam in my feed. I try to publish things I find interesting, something personal and of course some tweets or twits about what we are doing. I recently dumped a lot of followers on our feed that wasn’t following me back. The follower / following ratio should be 1:1, as you write.

    Comment: Baard Hansen – 20. June 2009 @ 11:02 am

  2. Baard- I use Zappos as a model for Twitter-as-a-business arm, mainly to respond to issues, communicate deals/offers, and be a general presence on the twitterstream as a company. Of course there are lots of places you can go with it. I also think it’s in the process of being formed. It does remind me a lot of the battles/strategies we encounter with email!

    Comment: banane – 20. June 2009 @ 12:47 pm

  3. There are also several spammers on Twitter with the terms “money” and “rich” in their usernames.

    Another Twitter tool I like now is the Twitter bar, which is an add-on for Firefox – http://www.chrisfinke.com/addons/twitterbar/.

    Comment: Sara Kmiecik – 26. June 2009 @ 1:59 pm

  4. Thanks for sharing that link sara.

    Spammers are getting more desperate nowadays. Good thing users are getting smarter than ever. Thanks for sharing the tips btw.

    Comment: Nigel Ball – 10. December 2009 @ 12:31 am

  5. Twitter is some ways is much better than blogging. I love to Twitter my everyday activities on my friends and relatives.
    ***

    Comment: Caramoan – 24. December 2009 @ 10:19 pm

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