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?
Here’s 4 very simple tips for spotting a Twitter spammer –
- Their profile picture is a young girl (usually blonde) and typically showing a rather generous amount of cleavage.
- Even though the user is newly registered, they are following hundreds of people and have very few followers themselves.
- Their user name is complete gibberish – typically a weird and random collection of letters and numbers.
- 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?
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 to @simpsonfiles for #5.6.7)
(Thanks to @webtonull for #8)