Everyone knows that direct messages is completely useless in Twitter once you reach a few kilo of followers or more. There are bound to be a lot of those who you follow that will miss-use this feature and send spam-like messages to your DM box.
The pros, those with 10000 or more followers, no longer monitor their Direct messages. The @reply is a more direct and more efficient way to communicate. Unfortunately, it seems the spammers also discovered this.
Look at these three tweets that I recieved in my reply folder:
- ohncurrie: tinnitus success stories: https://t-gone.com @EKGmethod @tomsskyline @coffeefundraise @Kolibrix
- STARFAX: Free Twitter Marketing Software: https://bit.ly/s9Ope @deineexistenz @christiswhite @Kolibrix
- ShelliCindberg: Twitter AutoFollow Software Out: Http://Tweep.Net @thewhitespy @JennDizmang @Kolibrix @rickster_CA
I have specifically noticed more spamming in the @reply box on Friday coinciding with #followfriday campaign. While most of those that recommend my @kolibrix are legit followers, there are often many that are quite obviously spammy. Some include the #followfriday tag, while others just coincide in sending the tweet on a Friday. Here are some examples from last Friday.
- toddjonesy: Wow, this is an amazing twitter software https://budurl.com/5mzk @Kolibrix @vitailluminata @eCoverage @PMesterheide
- WhiteSammy: 100% hands off FOREX trading robot https://bit.ly/QThIX @inspiredachieve @Kolibrix @PatyAmorim @seinflinks
It appears that you can now get a software that will send out a tweet with random @replies and your link you want to promote. If this increases in frequency it will become a threat to twitter’s usefullness. Be sure you immediately block the spammer. I wanted to use the spam funtion on Seesmic to send Twitter admin a message recommending to ban the spamming accounts. But apparantly I can not send this message as it is sent as a direct message. Guess what! The spammers don’t even follow me, so my messages can’t be sent back to them. If anyone know how I can report these mothers… let me know.
Don’t let the spammers take over your @reply box.