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Twitter Netiquette Question


A person signed up to "follow" me at Twitter, someone I didn't know. I checked out her Twitter. She hasn't posted in several weeks, the posts she has don't really make sense, and she's following forty-six thousand people!

I suspect this is some kind of Twitter spambot. So I blocked her.

Is that cool?

[EDIT] In the past five minutes I've just been added by another Twitterer who is following several thousand people, and who has only posted one message, packed with mis-spellings and an invite to follow a link.

Now I understand the idea behind Twitter. It's like a hunting preserve for spammers! Do you suppose the Twitter founders make a few cents for every spammer that is reciprocally followed? Otherwise, what's their business model? Maybe to create a huge social network like MySpace or Facebook and then sell it for ten-billion dollars?

Anyway, I've answered my own question: block 'em!

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zannah
May. 29th, 2008 02:44 pm (UTC)
Some people are serial adders, just like LJ serial adders. I just ignore them unless I know them or they have interesting posts. You don't have to follow them. A lot of them are just like twitter spammers. I either don't follow them back and/or ignore them.
evil_martian
May. 29th, 2008 02:50 pm (UTC)
Ah yes, Twitter and spam. When I first signed up, I wondered why my friends had so many followers. Then I started getting these alerts that I am now being followed by XXXXX.

Good thing you don't really have to follow them. And the option to block.

Add mee! evilmartian!
davidd
May. 30th, 2008 12:36 am (UTC)
Added! Yay!
dblume
May. 29th, 2008 08:10 pm (UTC)
Block 'em!

I really don't know the business model. Let me know if you figure it out.
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