I’ve no idea how many of you out there in blog-land use Twitter, but I’d guess quite a few of you do?
As a relatively new Twitter user, I’ve not seen much of the problems that Twitter has experienced over the last year, including account hacking, phishing, 419 scams, worms and other malcode problems. One area that seems (at least to me) to have been rather quiet has been spam via Twitter.
Until the last week or so, I’ve never received any. I’d be interested to know how many of you out there in blog-land who use Twitter have seen similar things to what I’m about to discuss.
I don’t think there is a specific name for Twitter spam, so I’ve coined one; Twam.
I’m sure the more creative of you out there can come up with something better?
Let’s have a look at a couple of examples I’ve seen in the last week or so:
1. The Vote For Me Twam
I received the following notification and when I checked out the profile for that user all their tweets were requests to vote for them in some beauty pageant.
As you can see at the time I was sent this they had a fair few followers and were following (Twamming) lots of other Twitter users. when I checked this particular account again this morning, it was still active and still only begging for you to vote for her at 60P per text no less! The number of followers now stands at 343 and she is following (Twamming) 1,986 other Twitter users.
2. The Porn Advertising Twam
I received the following notification just this morning and when I checked out the profile for that user they only have one tweet with a link to a porn site! So.they seem to be using Twitter to advertise their porn site.
Shortly after receiving the above notification, I received another using the same name, but from a different Twitter account. Their feed was exactly the same as the first one I received just 30 minutes earlier.
When I just checked both of these accounts (before publishing this) that were advertising a porn website they have now been closed by Twitter.
Needless to say I have blocked these Twitter accounts, as I don’t want to see what they offer and I don’t want to give them any credibility by being seen as being followed by them.
I wonder if this is the start of a major spam (twam) attack on this social networking site? I wouldn’t be surprised as this fate has already befallen FaceBook, Myspace and many other similar sites.
For those of you who are interested in following me on Twitter (no not you spammers/twammers) you can easily find me via my name or my Twitter account which is talkytoaster.
If you spot anything interesting feel free to send me a Tweet or a Direct message.
Take care and happy Tweeting.