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Spam on Twitter

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6:50 am on Jan 4, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I monitor several accounts for clients and am averaging about 6 "followers" a week across the accounts who are actually doing nothing more than promoting #*$!. I block them and report them.

How many of you are having this problem and why isn't Twitter doing more to block them? I am not a prude, but it is annoying.

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9:43 am on Jan 4, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Yes, it happens all the time, and I don't let it get to me. Obviously, I don't bother following them back.

I can't speak for twitter but, when I have reported accounts for abuse, they have been pretty swift in disabling them. Of course, it does depend upon the type of abuse. Just following someone else is not nearly as bad as outright spam in the timeline.
5:30 pm on Jan 4, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Everyone gets these spammers, its just a fact of life on twitter. I find ignoring them takes less time than blocking them, they go away eventually as they get removed by twitter eventually.

I agree with engine, they are usually gone pretty quick if you report them.
10:57 pm on Jan 4, 2012 (gmt 0)

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What annoys me is that the spam accounts do not instantly vanish from my Followers list(s) after I report/block them.

More annoying is that spambots get accounts in the first place, of course. Numerous of the multi-account follower requests I receive hit at the exact same time and the profiles contain similar, erm, action words. How difficult can it be to pattern-match when you've got Twitter's capability?
11:25 pm on Jan 4, 2012 (gmt 0)

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How difficult can it be to pattern-match when you've got Twitter's capability?


I was wondering that too.

Marshall