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Only 40% Of New Twitter Accounts Actually Send A Tweet [STATS]

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Twitter has had difficulty engaging new users for years, and despite the company’s rumored attempt to simplify its service by removing confusing elements like the hashtag and @reply, this problem simply isn’t going away.

New stats show that only 40 percent of the 20 million new accounts that sign up for Twitter each month actually send a tweet.

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The Latest Twitter Spam Scheme Is All About Lists

Over the past few days, Twitter users have reported a strange new (and spammy) trend: They’re being added to dozens of odd-sounding lists.

Lists in an of themselves aren’t spammy. In fact, they’re one of the best ways to network and keep tabs on select groups of accounts. However, lists have recently become the latest hotspot for spammers, as they look for new and nefarious ways to get unsuspecting users to click their malicious links.

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Twitter Isn’t Killing Spammers, It’s Reforming Them – But Will They Re-offend?

As we told you three weeks ago, the result of Twitter’s court battle with one “spammer,” TweetAdder, had a pretty positive result. TweetAdder has been reformed! Halleluhiah!

Twitter’s new API leaves chance for little else, of course – beyond complete destruction, so this isn’t really a surprise. But it IS something to pay attention to, because maybe Twitter isn’t as mean as it would have us believe. And if IT can give spammers a chance at redemption, can’t we all?

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How TrueTwit Helps You Help It Make Money – And Waste A Ton Of Time

If you’ve spent any amount of time on Twitter, you’ve likely received a TrueTwit validation direct message. It says something like “Nelly Nameless uses TrueTwit validation service. Please validate your account.”

If you think this practice is okay, you need a Twitter direct message refresher. And when you’re done reading THAT, we’ll tell you why this “harmless annoyance” (aka TrueTwit) is anything but.

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Twitter ‘Spam’ Closes Shop

There’s lots of spam on Twitter – particularly when it comes to direct messages (DMs).

There was so much in fact, that Twitter had it’s own @spam account!

But not anymore. Twitter has shut it down. Maybe it felt it was just adding to the noise . . . like the spam it was trying to combat.

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How Line Breaks Will Break Twitter

Twitter’s latest fun feature, the line break, has yet to catch on with mainstream Tweeple – but it will.

And when it does, it may break Twitter.

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Is That Email Really From Twitter? Most Likely, Yes

Hackers and phishers and spammers and zombies are always coming up with ways to get your personal information, but Twitter wants you to know that when you receive an email from Twitter.com it’s a the real deal. Probably.

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The Evolution Of Spam [INFOGRAPHIC]

“OMG!! I just saw the CRAZIEST video of you on YouTube! [URL]”

“Wow, 24 people are viewing my Twitter profile right now! Find out how many are on yours [URL]”

“I spent 167 hours on Twitter. Find your number now! [URL]”

Sound familiar? Make you shudder? These are the tweets of spammers, spreading once every few weeks through Twitter like a disease. But they’re also pretty compelling, and sound almost legitimate, especially when they’re tweeted from a friend’s account. And that’s because they have years, and years, and years of practice to get it just right.

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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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Why Twitter Needs A Spam Filter

Twitter is doing a lot to combat spam. The dedicated @spam and @safety teams work their little cotton socks off identifying and removing suspicious-looking tweets and accounts, and there are many ways that users can help out, either by reporting spam directly to Twitter, or using a third party app.

However, it’s not enough. It seems like you can’t comment on anything that’s popular and in the mainstream on Twitter – iPads, iPhones, Starbucks, BMW and KFC Double Down sandwiches (just me?) – without getting a loosely-related, keyword-alerted tweet from a spambot a few moments later. And while it’s certainly true that users can and should be playing their part in battling this menace, it simply isn’t viable that we have to rely on Twitter to then manually take care of everything for us.

No, what we desperately need are email-like spam filters on Twitter. And we need them now.

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