An impressive-looking chart from Twitter which, if it is to be believed, warrants a deserved round of applause. In just six months, spam on the network has been slashed from around 11 per cent of all tweets, to just one.
(Read more at the Twitter blog.)
Are you seeing less spam? I’m not so sure it’s as dramatic as the graph would imply, but I’ve certainly noticed a difference in trending topics of late, which used to be almost entirely overwhelmed by spammy tweets looking to take advantage of the sudden popularity of a subject.
That said, reply spam is still an issue. And I’m pretty confident that direct message spam is not included here, as I’ve seen almost no improvement in this at all in my test accounts.
Of course, if you rarely venture into trending topics and maintain an optimised network, spam has likely never been much of an issue for you. But it should give us all confidence that Twitter has made this effort and seen these kinds of results.
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