Twitter’s Biggest Enemy: Spam

31 Aug

Spammers have been around since the dawn of time.  I bet that back in the Stone Age people would come home to their caves only to find the wall covered in pectorals trying to sell them a bigger club.  With each new medium that becomes popular it’s only a matter of time before the spammers flock.

Twitter is absolutely no exception.There are two ways an enterprise like Twitter can handle spammers.  They can be overly active causing a few innocents to be locked out as collateral.  Twitter can also be less active and annoy a large mass of people without restricting use.  They’ve chosen path number two.Twitter spammers have become the bane of my existence.  They are like cockroaches to me that serve no other purpose than to infect my feed with useless blather.  If it doesn’t give my computer a virus I’m afraid that it will make me physically nauseous.

For those of you that aren’t too familiar with spambots on Twitter here’s a crash course on how to spot them.  They’ll be following a large number of people while having a fraction of those people following them back.  They’ll often have not tweeted or when they do it’s the same thing said in different ways (probably your biggest indicator).  If they haven’t received a follow from you within a few days they’ll release their leachy grip on your account to search for their next victim.  You can help by reporting someone as spam, although that’s like killing gnats at a landfill.

As Twitter continues its campaign to keep its members more active I hope that they pay more attention to this problem.  While I think most people are savvy enough to spot a bad account when they see one, it only takes one follow to let the spam flood gates open.

-Josh P Greenberg
Follow @JoshPGreenberg

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