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Posts Tagged ‘spammers’

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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Twitter Vigilantes Now Get Points For Reporting Spam Accounts

How many times have you tweeted about a trending topic or a hot commodity like the iPhone and received a spammy response from a total stranger? If this has ever happened to you, you now have the option to get back at the spammers, while making Twitter a better place and earning points. A recipe for success if I’ve ever seen one.
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Did Twitter Just Do Another Spammer Purge?

Last night at around 9pm, I happened to glance up at my follower number on Twitter and noticed that it had suddenly (and instantly) dropped by around 30 people.

This morning, I received my daily follow/unfollow stats email from SocialToo, and spotted this curious trend:

Did Twitter Just Do Another Spammer Purge?

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39 spammers, all in a row. All of these accounts have now been suspended.

Which leads me to suspect that Twitter did another purge last night, following the one we saw last Friday.

Is this going to be a weekly event? I hope so. Assuming, that is, that they keep getting it right.

Spammers: You Have To Admire Their Tenacity

As my follower count has increased I’ve also been hit with more spammers. As I’ve said before, these guys are always pretty easy to spot and block. Usually their choice of username alone is enough.

Recently, however, I’ve noticed that often these spammers will come in pairs. You’ll get the email from Twitter saying you have a new follower, check it out, realise it’s a spammer, and then block them. Seconds later, you get another email, and while the new spammer has a different username, their real name is the same.

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