In an earlier post called ‘SPAM 2.0‘, I shared an experience I had with people joining a Ning group I created with the sole purpose of spamming its members.
Well it seems lately I’ve seen a rise of people exploiting Twitter for spamming purposes. I’ll never understand the mind of spammer (maybe that can be a future post). On both my personal and college Twitter accounts, there has been a rise of people following with obviously no common interest or realistic intention, with the exception of shamelessly promoting the service (in most cases a pornography site).
Below is a screenshot of person’s tweet who followed me. The link obviously directs you to an adult website.
I’m quite frustrated that every time we have great technologies developed and improved methods for communications, selfish and twisted individuals manipulate and corrupt these tools for their greedy purposes.
Here are some tips to avoid Twitter spammers:
Check Followers/Following Ratio: I check how many followers they have compared to how many people they follow. The user in the screenshot above is following 451 people but only 27 people are following them. I would suspect that they are for personal gain and not true communication.
Read Past Tweets: If you are unsure of the intent of a person following you, read some of their past tweets. This will provide a clear picture of their activities on Twitter.
Block Unwanted Users: By blocking users, they will no longer be able to follow you or have your tweets show up in their timeline.
Protect Tweets: If you are very concerned about Twitter spammers, Twitter provides a way to protect your tweets. On the Settings page, there is a ‘Protect My Tweets’ checkbox. Only those you approve will be able to have your tweets appear in their timeline.