4 Ways To Spot A Twitter Spammer

Receiving a new follower on Twitter, especially when you first sign up, can be quite flattering.

But how do you know if that new fan is just a spammer?

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Here’s 4 very simple tips for spotting a Twitter spammer

  1. Their profile picture is a young girl (usually blonde) and typically showing a rather generous amount of cleavage.
  2. Even though the user is newly registered, they are following hundreds of people and have very few followers themselves.
  3. Their user name is complete gibberish – typically a weird and random collection of letters and numbers.
  4. They link to a website through a URL-shortening service, such as Tinyurl, in order to disguise where potential visitors may be headed.

Can you think of any other means to spot a Twitter spammer?

UPDATE

As always, Twitter itself is a great place for receiving feedback, so here’s a few more suggestions :

5. Generally, they will have made very few posts. Perhaps only one or two, because they want to push you towards a particular URL

6. Also, there is an impersonation trend where the spammer pretends to be a well known online guru.

7. The spammer will basically clone the original profile, and simply use a bogus middle initial for the username.e.g. britneymspears

8. Their description is something like “I’m earning 10,000 from home” or similar

(Thanks toΒ  @simpsonfiles for #5.6.7)

(Thanks to @webtonull for #8)

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

Comments

  1. Its a sad thing to say but people really shouldn’t be so trusting, especially on the internet :(

  2. Interlinking the accounts is their sneaky way of getting under the radar – I know that I never follow anyone who follows few but is followed by many.

  3. ShowMeYourFork says:

    What I think is funny is how these Twitter spammers are using programs that create 2,000 accounts per day with every account following each other.

    What I don’t like is the extra time I have to spend blocking all the pathetic spammers who start following me.

    Until Twitter improves their spam filtering, I’m thankful for anything that helps me uncover fraudulent Twitter accounts.

  4. What I described was no exaggeration.
    Spotting the spammers is relatively easy.
    Picking up on the ones we`re speaking of though???
    By the time most people do, it`s too late…cause they`ve been scammed.

  5. In my experience the ones that seem real are few and far between – most appear far too lazy to come across as anything other than very fake.

  6. This is an interesting and very informative post. I enjoyed reading it. I like the fact that you`re trying to help people that are new to Twitter and/or those don`t quite get it yet.
    There is another form of Twitter scams/spammers that you failed to mention. The `live` ones. Meaning, the ones who actually maintain their account, respond to other`s tweets and generally seem `real`. 95% of the time, this type of person is a female who uses pictures (randomly found online) of an attractive girl and passes them off as herself. In my experience, they have Facebook & Myspace accounts to go with their Twitter accounts, using the same `fake` pictures and fairy-tale bio.
    What`s the purpose of this madness?
    With some, we never knew, however, there were a few that after establishing friendships, asked to borrow money and/or gave sob stories as to why their life was in shambles and they needed help. This happened to a friend of mine, it was a bad situation, to say the least, but there was a happy ending. Myself and a Twitter friend created; Show Me Your Fork. Here`s a definition of the hash tag: (http://tagdef.com/showmeyourfork) our Twitter page (http://twitter.com/showmeyourfork) and our site (http://showmeyourfork.com/)
    Like I said, I really enjoyed this informative article and love the fact that your goal was to help. If we can be of any assistance in this goal, to the writers or readers, please feel free to contact us.
    Keep up the good work!!

  7. Because they are hoping you will be intrigued (or annoyed) enough to click on the link to find out what it is!

  8. What about something like this (in which I’m one of the “@” listings, but don’t get why I’m in this post)?…

    Get more followers, instantly http: //zipz.me/2 @prettywahm @WhyPR @InspirationBeat @bigbuzzness

  9. Well it was inevitable. Like everything that’s popular, twitter got raided by spammers and I don’t think they’ll go away any time soon.

  10. Another Update : The author is a twitter spammer, he says so himself πŸ˜€

  11. Lol, sssshhhhh πŸ˜‰

  12. Amy Perkins says:

    You have some good points and I have seen all of those traits in some of the followers on my sisters a/c.

  13. Good man (or woman, as the case may be).

  14. A truer comment has never been made!

  15. Sure thing.

  16. I hate spammers they seem to get everywhere.

  17. Let me know if you sign up – I’ll check in with you.

  18. Thanks for the tips I am thinking of using Twitter soon.

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