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The new annoying way to spam on Twitter and how to stop it

Originally posted on SocMedia101

Once again, we have a Twitter epidemic. Spam accounts post tweets asking for action or promoting their links and they include as many twitter handles as they can fit. The pick big name Tweeple and little ones. Their strategy is that we will see them because they included, for instance @writingroads, and so their tweet shows up in my @replies tab.

Here’s what one of these spammer’s Twitter page looks like:


What can we do to stop this? Aside from getting out the pitchforks (and violence is never the answer), we can report them as spam for twitter. Just go to their page and look to your right:

report for spam

Click on ‘report for spam’ and then Twitter will take care of it and their page will look like this:


Twitter users unite! This is a simple and easy action to take, you know, for the good of Twitterers everywhere!

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  • julieroads
    Brendan - I'm not following these accounts. What happens is they put you in their tweet, so they show up in your @writingroads or @(whatever your handle is) stream and you see them...that's why they're so gross.
  • Why would you FOLLOW a spam account? One of the nicest things about Twitter is that you don't see any garbage unless you have specifically allowed them onto your monitor. I probably only re-follow 1 out of 4 folks that follow me, and so am blissfully free of spam (unless you count those moronic FourSquare auto-posts ... and I wish that somebody would write a GreaseMonkey script like the excellent "FacebookPurity" to get rid of those!).
  • Good advice. I also report all the people that follow me just to get me to read their adverts or dodgy links. I never automatically follow back like a lot seem to do!!
  • Using helps since it gets rid of your spammy followers for you, continuously.
  • Why even bother taking the time to deal with this? Ignore it like you ignore regular spam. I don't know about you but I have better things to worry about that reporting every annoying or spammy person on twitter. I open, I scan through for things that are useful, I close it and move on. No amount of reporting is going to stop it or ebb the flow.
  • good grief I didn't realize what all of those tags were. I thought they were opt-in ads. Thanks for setting my brain straight!
    I am off to kill some spam...
    (vikings sing softly in background "wonderful spaaaam, lovely spaaam....")
  • flargh
    Totally agreed. This insidious form of Twitter spam and self promotion has gotten totally out of control. I just wish that Twitter's developers would take the bull by the horns and try to wrestle this problem with more effective proactive user management.
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