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Opinion: Why Twitter Needs To Clamp Down On Fake Followers, Now

Guess how many Twitter followers I have? Go on, take a guess! As of this week, I’m sitting at 2,102.

Whether that number seems pitifully small or astoundingly large to you, the fact is I earned each and every one of those followers.

Now, if I was on Twitter just to get more followers (which is a bad, bad strategy), I could have 21,020 followers. Or even 210,200 followers… within a matter of days. If I really wanted more followers, I could get them. Right now.

But those followers would be fake accounts, useful only as a shallow badge of “honor” that I could brag about and use to impress potential clients or competitors. And herein lies the danger of fake accounts: they’re shallow, useless, and ultimately they damage the brand credibility of every single one of us who actually works hard to build up a genuine – and real – following on Twitter.

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5 Clues That You’re Reading Twitter Spam

Twitter has seen a spate of spammy, scammy tweets proliferate through its network lately. It’s a good idea to arm yourself with a solid defense against these type of tweets, so you don’t accidentally click on a scammer’s link and find yourself embroiled in a battle against malware.

We’ve got five clues that you’re reading Twitter spam, so you can avoid being caught in the net.
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WARNING: “Lost Weight In This Video” DM Scam Hits Twitter

There is as new Direct Message (DM) scam going around Twitter, which will try to steal your password. If you have received a DM today commenting on your weight, do not click the link.

We have more details on how to avoid the scam – and how to prevent it from happening to you in the future – below.
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Why Buying Followers And Retweets Doesn’t Work

You may have seen the offers in your DM box or your timeline: “Buy 10,000 Twitter followers now!” and “We’ll get you 200 retweets instantly!” Offers like these pop up in the Twitterverse from time to time, and if you have a nose for it, you’ll likely notice that they’re in the too-good-to-be-true category of things.

Buying followers or retweets doesn’t work on Twitter, plain and simple. You won’t find “instant success” through black-hat methods like this – you’re actually more likely to damage your Twitter reputation and destroy a perfectly good account.
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WARNING: Fake Emails From Twitter Are Phishing For Your Personal Info

A new batch of fake emails purporting to be from Twitter is making the rounds, trying to get people’s personal details and make money off of surveys. If you’ve received an email from “admin@twitter.com” asking for account verification details, here’s how to tell if you’re being scammed.
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WARNING: Twitter “Top Stalkers” TweetViewer Virus Still Spreading

Regardless of how much fun it would be to see the latest people who visited your Twitter profile page, you can’t. So keep this in mind when under the barrage of a Twitter scam like “Twitter Stalkers” which hit late last week and is still going strong.
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