There’s lots of spam on Twitter – particularly when it comes to direct messages (DMs).
There was so much in fact, that Twitter had it’s own @spam account!
But not anymore. Twitter has shut it down. Maybe it felt it was just adding to the noise . . . like the spam it was trying to combat.
— Spam Watch (@spam) April 19, 2013
But what IS spam? Accounts that do THIS:
- Posting harmful links (including links to phishing or malware sites)
- Aggressive following behavior (mass following and mass un-following for attention)
- Abusing the @reply or @mention function to post unwanted messages to users
- Creating multiple accounts (either manually or using automated tools)
- Posting repeatedly to trending topics to try to grab attention
- Repeatedly posting duplicate updates
- Posting links with unrelated tweets
So, in the future – when you come across that next spam or phishing link, ping @support, or do this (the method I prefer):
As someone who has never sent an @spam, I can’t say I’ll miss it. Will you?
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