Last week FriendFeed was acquired by Facebook. Rumors that it was merely a talent grab (FF founders are ex-Googlers) and of course the scoffs that FB has been stealing features from FF for a while now anyways (like button, stacked comments…its totally true). Then there were rumors about Twitter being acquired by Google, a variety
Twitter spam is the new Nigerian Prince. Ever since the whole Ashton Kutcher race to a million followers I’ve noticed that twitter spam has taken over. So thanks Ashton for teaching people that twitter is not a social media tool, but rather a constant race to gain more followers.
BA (Before Ashton) you’d see a fake profile with a tweet or two pushing some sort of pay for followers or ‘I make millions from click fraud’ ads every day or two. Twitter was usually pretty quick getting rid them and it was not really intrusive so I didn’t mind. But now we have hash-tag spam, porn profiles and generally people who think Twitter is just about getting a lot of followers.
I tired to engage one such spammer, @Toxic_Concepts to try and figure out why they were hash-tag spamming. And while I didn’t really get an answer, they did switch their tactics after my tweets, so I feel like I must have broken through. Now, while I’m pretty sure they are just responding to any tweet they see with random comments back at least they are starting to understand that twitter is about talking to people.
Check out the conversations below.
I’m still on my Twitter kick…so my apologies to anyone who is not (yet) a fan of microblogging. There has been an increase lately with spammers and while I will follow back most who follow me, I will quickly unfriend someone if I suspect they’re spam (or really annoying). Do people who spam actually click on spam links, open ‘junk mail’ or get annoyed by it all?
I think you might be a spammer (or really annoying) if:
Ok I think I’m finally addicted to Twitter. I signed up for Twollow earlier this week and that pushed me over the edge. Despite my love of microblogging, most of my friends and coworkers barely know the name Twitter. I stumled upon this neat little slideshare on the Twittering which I think covers the basics