How To Spot a Twitter Spammer
Spam on Twitter is a serious problem these days and it's only getting worse. It's almost impossible for Twitter to nip it in the butt before it happens or when the account is started because most of the accounts these days look so normal.
Plus, there are thousands of people starting a new account each day so it's difficult for Twitter to keep up.
However, I'm afraid to say certain words on Twitter because I'll be bombarded with spammy tweets.
Here are a few examples of what a Twitter spammer might look like (these tweets came directly to me and come to me on a daily basis):
As you can see, the picture looks fun and friendly, it even has kind of a conversational feel to it. But I don't know this person and I have no interest in an iPad 3. I haven't even mentioned the iPad 3!
This is about the same as above, but of course it's a different spammer. Back in the day, you would never see a spammer with a picture, it'd always be blank, but the spammers are catching on and realized they need a pic. But that still doesn't save them.
Then there are spammers that just straight up send you a link. I don't know this person so I immediately marked as spam.
It's very important to realize that you should never click on these links
. If you don't know the person sending you these tweets, then just don't click
Most of them will just lead you to some landing page that looks fancy and shiny in which it's trying to get you to enter in your email and other personal information so they can continue to spam you in the future.
But some of them will lead you straight into a virus.
It's been interesting to see the evolution of spammers and to see what they're targeting on any given day/week/month. Apple products are of course very popular because everyone wants them, but I've seen some for random giveaways.
Spammers target certain keywords and when one is said, they latch onto it and send a reply in the hopes that you'll be gullible enough to click on it.
What to do when faced with a spammer:
Mark as spam & block immediately.
Twitter does get notifications whenever someone marks a Twitter user or tweet as spam and while it may take them a while to get rid of the account, the more people that mark as spam, the quicker Twitter will take action.
As a side note:
Happy Birthday Twitter!
So, how much spam do you encounter on Twitter?