Good news: Twitter has finally taken heed of millions of irritated users and hit the off switch on thousands of spam accounts.
The impact on my own network was pretty sizeable – all-told, I’ve lost 246 followers overnight.
Not all of these were spammers. I’ve been optimising my network all week. I’ve also been unfollowing a lot of folk I never actually followed in the first place, including another fifty or so yesterday. All of them, of course, auto-unfollowed me back.
So, I can only assume that as many as 200 people who were following me were spammers – or at least, were classified by Twitter as such. I guess we’ll never know how many legitimate accounts have now been tarred with the wrong brush.
(I actually got off pretty easy; Mark lost about 13 per cent of his team.)