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March 24, 2010

Twitter brings down the hammer on spammers

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by Darren Allan

The head twits at Twitter are very pleased with themselves, announcing on the site’s official blog that they’ve been successfully tackling the age old issue of spam.

Spam was first invented by a Monty Python sketch, set in a cafe where it was the major repeated constituent of the menu. Since then spam has gone on to terrorise both real and virtual mailboxes across the world with its persistent attempts to promote rubbish no one wants.

Twitter defines its spammers as those who repeatedly post duplicate tweets, phishing links, or those who aggressively follow and un-follow accounts to attract attention.

The site has been actively trying to cut down spam levels, which were at around the 11% mark last summer (in other words, one in ten tweets was a piece of spam).

Now Twitter says levels have been cut to a much more palatable 1%, a piece of good news after all the recent phishing attacks the site has suffered.

The triumphant blog post announcing this victory ends by reminding Twitter users what they can do to help fight the good fight: “To help us battle spam, you can click the ‘report for spam’ link on any suspicious profile page.”

“This action alerts us about the account and blocks the account from following or replying to you. If you like, you can also send a tweet to @spam.”

Or you could send two hundred tweets to @spam. But we wouldn’t recommend it.

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2 Comments »
  1. The Monty Python sketch used existing meat product Spam, so they didn’t invent Spam so to speak. The association with bulk mail was derived from teh sketch much later.

    Comment by ashley — March 24, 2010 @ 6:23 pm

  2. SPAM Single Posting Across Many

    Comment by Scholar Mince — March 27, 2010 @ 1:37 pm

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