Spam on Twitter

On: October 15, 2008
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About Hannah Biemold
Artist and blogger who wrote a novel last year in the NaNoWriMo program (National November Writing Month). The book, called 'In het hooi', has been published by Uitgeverij Vuurpapier in june 2010. Hannah finished the master New Media program in 2009 at the University of Amsterdam. She wrote a master thesis on Twitter implications (twesis). Besides this, Hannah is trying to visualize ideas about the world through conceptual art, she is looking for confrontation with these borders and wants to know of they're stretchable.

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Still Twitter shows me surprises every day, I managed to have my tweets transported to my blog on Livejournal and still working on Twitterfeed what Arno just wrote about today. I am still curious why I follow some people who don’t follow me and people who do follow me, but I don’t know. Today three people added me to their list, but when I check them they have arbitrary usernames and no other users follow them. The three ‘users’ are darcyxl6hu, yasukocibz and shaezi9stx. On these userpages there’s just one tweet with an url that invites me to register on Perfspot.com. It looks like some kind of Social Network Site to me. Maybe I should register and check it out? This website doesn’t let go of me though, when I try to close my browser window I get a pop-up saying some girl wants to chat with me. The question is, why did these users follow me and why today? What keyword did I use today or before that triggered them to follow me? Do other users have this kind of spam too? I did check the other real users that are being followed by these bots (that’s what I think they are) but didn’t find any keywords that match mine.

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3 Responses to “Spam on Twitter”
  • October 15, 2008 at 9:35 pm

    What you just did, writing this post, is what the Twitterspammers so eagerly want you to do: publish about it.
    I can assure you they don’t expect you to. That’s why created a huge amount of Twitteraccounts. I think 1000s!
    This is about websites they want to have links to. They create an account, they make contact with somebody else & that somebody else is wondering, via Twitter or elsewhere on the internet, what that account is about.
    The profit: at least 1 link extra. Good for the searchengines, good for making money.

    Best thing for you to do now is take away the links to the spamaccounts. Start following the Twitteraccount @spam (which is at the Twitterheadquarters itself) & send an Direct Message (same reason here for not getting the link/name mentioned to the public, so they won’t get any profit from it) to @spam with the line: ‘@namespammerhere is a spammer!’.
    Twitter will then remove the spammer as soon as possible.

    Leaving the links in your text will make this kind of spamming very attractive to them & will destroy Twitter sooner or later. So be kind to other people who use Twitter: take them away & send DM to @spam.

  • October 16, 2008 at 1:24 am

    Luckily, they have already been suspended. Did you know there is a whole community of people hunting down people who abuse people? Check out @oddfollow for example, there are many more other users doing the same thing. Hilarious.

  • October 29, 2008 at 5:43 pm

    Reported the accounts mentioned and more, thanx for your tips!

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