Linda Maye Adams

Technology Hacks for Dealing with Twitter Spammers


Have you noticed lately that there seems to be a lot of link spamming on Twitter?  It’s hard to have a conversation when I have to wade through all the links.

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So I get to fight technology with, well, technology with two handy tools:

TwitBlock: Sometimes I find it hard to tell if a Tweep is a spammer or not.  This program uses a rating based common things spammers do.  It gives you a breakdown so you can decide if you want to block someone or not.  Mostly, it’s caught p**n sites, and occasionally, someone will end up on it accidentally because they display spammer characteristics.

Twit Cleaner:  This is probably the handiest Twitter tool I’ve run across.  It analyzes the tweets of your followers and recommends people who should be unfollowed.  It includes people who excessively RT, those who send too many links, and even those who never interact with anyone.  All you have to do is select the ones you want to unfollow, and Twit Cleaner will take care of it.  To give you an idea of how bad this problem is, about two weeks ago, I unfollowed about 100 people for the three above reasons.  I went back in today and reran the report, and I’d accumulated more people who were doing the same thing.

For you:  What kind of hacks have you been using to deal with the spammers?  Any links that weren’t mentioned above?  Post your comments below.

12 Comments

  1. Just brilliant Linda, thank you.

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    • Thanks for dropping by, Margaret!

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  2. Great info. Didn’t know these handy tools existed. Thanks, Linda.

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  3. Reetta Raitanen

    I had tried out Twit Cleaner out before but hadn’t used it in a while. Thank you for the reminder.

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    • Yeah — it’s a great program. I try to use it every few weeks.

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  4. Scary. TweetCleaner would probably think I send too many links and retweets, even though the links are all individual, some to my own posts, some to the stuff I find helpful and fascinating. While I do interact with others, I don’t post a lot of pithy 140 character posts, if you know what I mean. Does that mean I’m a spammer? :reeling a little:

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    • You can check yourself there, too. I’ve periodically popped up on it for sending too many links. As a result, I try to send three links, three RTs, and the rest conversations. But I have a guy I subscribe to, and he sends a link every ten minutes for 8 hours a day.

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