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Twitter Adds "Report as Spam" Button
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msg:4006775
 9:29 am on Oct 14, 2009 (gmt 0)

Twitter Adds "Report as Spam" Button [blog.twitter.com]
Today we've added another tool to our spam fighting toolbox that will give users the ability to flag bad accounts on Twitter.

Folks can now help us conquer spam by calling our attention to a profile they find questionable. Click the “Report as spam” button under the Actions section of a profile’s sidebar and our Trust and Safety team will check it out to see what needs to be done. No automated action will be taken as a result of reporting a user as spam (in other words, it can't be used to incite an angry mob against an account you don't like.) And once you report a profile it will automatically be blocked from following or replying to you. You nailed it!

Our spam fighting tools will continue to evolve as new behaviors emerge, and as always, we'll keep trust and safety at the top of our list.

I hope this has a safety net built in to avoid innocent parties being reported and blocked.

 

henry0




msg:4006835
 12:47 pm on Oct 14, 2009 (gmt 0)

What is the difference between a website in good standing, for example reporting on recent improvements or a new article posted, and a message that qualifies for "SPAM"?
Could it mean that businesses can no longer report on themselves?
I do not think that making that kind of decision/choice could be possible
Or Twitter will become a tool to only post "platitudes" which is most of the times the case! Nevertheless I like it and use it. But will I still do? Wait and see…

maximillianos




msg:4006838
 12:54 pm on Oct 14, 2009 (gmt 0)

Is it really news worthy when a site adds the most basic community feature?

Ahh to be Twitter. I could fart and get press and links... ;-)

henry0




msg:4006845
 1:12 pm on Oct 14, 2009 (gmt 0)

Is it really news worthy when a site adds the most basic community feature?

Probably not, but I won't throw the first stone at it!
Don't you try by all means to attract new users?
No one is good enough to only rely on viral marketing.
Remove corpo members comm and self MKTG, then you will end with "It's Monday! Got to watch dancing with the stars"

maximillianos




msg:4006857
 1:39 pm on Oct 14, 2009 (gmt 0)

I guess I'm not talking about Twitter doing it per say, since this was just their blog post.

My comment was directed towards the fact that anything they do seems to be newsworthy, regardless of what it is.

Kind of like the paparazzi following a celebrity around and reporting when they go to the bathroom, eat lunch, walk their dog...

So we can deduce that Twitter is now a celebrity! ;-)

Hoople




msg:4006950
 4:24 pm on Oct 14, 2009 (gmt 0)

They now block duplicate twits. "Duplicate text" appears in a slide-down window.

Ah, the end to my one follower posting the same post five times in a row once a day!

lexipixel




msg:4007036
 6:15 pm on Oct 14, 2009 (gmt 0)

Craigslist puts up a "Please Flag with Care" box on all posts which includes links for flagging a post as: "miscategorized", "prohibited" and "spam/overpost".

I'm sure with very simple algorithms to count how many times a post gets flagged and by who (based on what IP is flagging the post), and the OP's email address & IP it has greatly increased the signal to noise ratio in their free posting areas and greatly reduced the amount of human editor resources needed to keep the boards clean.

koan




msg:4007058
 6:39 pm on Oct 14, 2009 (gmt 0)

What is the difference between a website in good standing, for example reporting on recent improvements or a new article posted, and a message that qualifies for "SPAM"?

It is spelled "spam". SPAM is a trademark for canned meat.

Twitter spammers will include keywords from trending topics and promote sites that have nothing to do with those keywords. They also post every minute, not a few times a day. They also follow as many people as possible by using automatic means (they can start following you 10 minutes after you created your first account in the hope you follow them back). It is obvious when you see it.

Twitter spam has nothing to do with honest web sites reporting on updates and new articles. I wouldn't worry about it.

You could report spammers before, it's just easier now.

bigcat1967




msg:4007111
 8:15 pm on Oct 14, 2009 (gmt 0)

Thank goodness - they should've done this a long time ago.

I'm getting spammed to death from these followers that I end up blocking out.

weeks




msg:4007142
 9:07 pm on Oct 14, 2009 (gmt 0)

Ahh to be Twitter. I could fart and get press and links... ;-)

Yeah, but would you want to buy Twitter NOW at current values and try to make it pay? Not me.

trinorthlighting




msg:4007155
 9:44 pm on Oct 14, 2009 (gmt 0)

Its all the "Marketers" who thought they could spam everyone using twitter announcing new products, sales, etc... Most tweeters do not want to see that kind of stuff so this is a smart move on twitters part.

ergophobe




msg:4007755
 6:08 pm on Oct 15, 2009 (gmt 0)

>>Is it really news worthy

Only because it isn't newsworthy to run the same headline every day: "Fastest growing site on the web drowning in spammers". [okay, maybe it isn't the fastest growing site, but you get the idea]

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