Unfollow Useless Spam Twitter Friends/Followers


Twitter spam sucks in so many ways it’s not even funny. One good way to reduce the amount of spam you get AND to reduce the load on twitters servers is to simply unfollow the bad and the ugly. Why unfollow? Because by following back spammers and useless ‘stuff’ you are only serving to aid the evil swarm. But this isn’t all about spammers. This is about removing followers who are just bad, annoying or down right useless (or hindering) to your cause/goal/aim.

I previously wrote about Twitter spam (and my plans for a anti-spam twitter project) here, so if you have a minute check it out and let me know what you think. Also, there is a lot of good info for you on using TweetDeck to cut down on Twitter spam.

Before reading on, I have to state this: This article is only about unfollowing users on Twitter in-order to clean up your following’s list. This has NOTHING to do with whom you choose to follow in the first place nor about how to grow your followers. It’s also very likely that following any tips will decreases your amount of followers. You have been warned :)

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Automatically Tweet When You Make A WordPress Blog Post

Tweet Whenever WordPress Blog Post Title There are so many social media ‘things’ we have to manage these days that it can be rather tiresome and painful JUST to get one message out to everyone. Well, when you make a blog post now you won’t have to suffer as much because there is a easy way to have your blog automatically make a Twitter post for you automatically!

This great plugin is called “Twitter Tools”. This is a constantly maintained WordPress plugin which will do just that: make a tweet for you whenever you make a new post.

Not a big deal right, why would you want something like that? Twitter’ing isn’t hard! Yeah but think of it this way: if you schedule a lot of posts are you REALLY going to remember to go and manually make a tweet about every schedules post? Probably not. It’s also great for scheduling posts and tweets when you’re out on vacation so that people don’t forget about you! :)

In the post you’ll also find small quick tip on how to add personalized tracking to Twitter Tools (which isn’t available by default). You’ll find it at the bottom of the post.

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Twitter Anti-Spam Project Introduction & TweetDeck Anti-Spam Functions

Twitter is one tweetdeck_anti_spam of the premier social media applications, but due to it’s size and open nature it is also one of the easiest to spam. The very open community nature of Twitter and it’s feed system have been exploited by spammers time and time again.

Twitter has some tools, filters and options in place to help you fight it, but just like anything in life nothing is foolproof. In today’s video I’m talking about my idea for a Twitter Anti-Spam Project (outlined below the video) and how you can utilize TweetDeck’s newest filter features and a few of the existing ones to keep yourself safe from Twitter SPAM.

But take this with a grain of salt: This is not a fool-proof system and it can result in false-negatives and false-positives. But it’s definitely better than nothing at all.

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Digg Digg – The Best WordPress Social Plugin

All of us have tried many different social plugins. I know that most, if not all, of us use the TweetMeme plugin and maybe even the sexy bookmarks plugin. But that’s the problem with that idea: so many different plugins slowing down our site. Not to mention the complete mess of having so many plugins installed and having to manage each one separately.

Thankfully there is a solution! The Digg Digg plugin! As you can see on this website, I have it installed. it’s the awesome left bar that scrolls with you when you’re on a post! There are a few ‘issues’ with the plugin though.

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Identify Twitter Spammers And How To Filter Them

We all love twitter to some extent, actually some of us dislike it. But either way if you are on Twitter no doubt you’ve been hit with some form of Twitter Spam. Whether it was spam direct messages or just annoying people so only spam tweets day in and day out.

Today I have a video for you about how to Identify a potential Twitter spammer, how to filter them (quickly) and some e-mail tips to thin out the junk Twitter mail we all get. Below the video you’ll find all the fun links and sites that I mentioned in the video. Before the video though, here is a list of possible ways to identify possible Twitter spammers:

  1. The follow significantly more people than are following them
  2. They only post affiliate links day in and day out
  3. Their username is complete gibberish
  4. They only post quotes and/or R
  5. T’s. Never commenting or interacting with anyone
  6. No profile photo -> this isn’t all tooo much of an indicator, but 99.99% of REAL profiles will have a real looking profile photo
  7. Their tweets look like a one way conversation

There are others, but those are the biggest for me. Watch the video (after you click the read more button) to learn more about it and see some tool Anti-tweet spam settings and (free) tools!

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Twitter Do’s and Don’t By Unmarketing

Twitter is a large social media platform. It can almost be said that everyone and their dog are on it (or was that Facebook?). Scott Stratten, president and founder of UnMarketing, gave a presentation recently to a group of Non-profit’s.

It was an hour long presentation about the good and bad uses of Twitter. He brushed on many good topics such as:

  • How to properly react to bad PR
  • Is all PR good? (hint: no)
  • How to structure your social media task force
  • How to gain lots of great attention on Twitter

As we known Scott is a twitter addict. As it says on his background picture on Twitter: “It’s been 4 seconds since my last tweet and I’m already suffering from withdrawal” … yeah, he’s really like that. No joke. Amazing, and all his ideas work and are no B.S. Like in his presentation, he makes jokes and we all have a few laughs, but he is dead serious about his passion: marketing.

He’ll tell you in his presentation (linked below) the real difference between a newb and a REAL marketer on twitter. I don’t want to spoil the whole thing for you, because you really must watch it, but here is a small taste of this great presentation. Sorry I can’t give it verbatim, so here is my summarized version:

Any good marketer knows building a following takes time. You cannot jump on twitter and except results in 5 seconds. Twitter is just a vehicle. You have to take care of it for it to work for you in the long run.

Ok … he said it much better than I. But you get the idea. There are plenty of no-BS ideas for you to grab and follow. Great business ethics and twitter practices.

Maybe he should have called his presentation: Best Twitter Practices for Businesses and Individuals.

Important note about the presentation: Download the PDF of the presentation first. The video is not exactly top quality. So you’ll need the PDF in-order to see exactly what’s on the presentation screen. It’s not life or death to download, but it helps in understanding the presentation.

PDF download link: here

Watch this video:

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Here is the link to this original great article: Social Media Success For Non-profits Video

Top Tips For Getting Yourself Known

Getting known on the internet these days isn’t as easy as it used to. Anybody with a internet connection at a free internet cafe can put up a blog on your exact topic and now they are your competition. In my previous post, I talked about setting up social media sites to backlink to your site and gain exposure, though did you know there are plenty of other places to make quantum leaps exposure?

It is all social media, but it’s with a twist. For this, we’ll utilize all the best and most prominent tools and sites for getting your name out. With this, you could easily grow your twitter follower list by several thousand per week, get plenty of facebook fans and a whole lot more.

Lets get going on the list. There is no order to these tips, so pick and choose as you please.?

Use Common social media sites to gain exposure: This is normal and rather simple. I talked about this in my previous post here. This involves creating profiles on popular sites and backlinking to your site and articles. Simple.

Get targeted followers by joining niche specific sites: Most people don’t ever think of this, don’t know why. This is probably the easiest thing you could do. All you have to do, is find a forum, chat room, social site or group/page for your niche and join in. Then get in contact with the people there. Lets go with a specific example. If you have a product for the popular Facebook application game Mafia wars, go and join all the fan pages related to Mafia wars.

Most allow fan comments, so you can help out users with tips, tricks and their troubles. Facebook pages and groups a awesome and powerful places to get VERY targeted leads/followers from. Though Facebook/MySpace/ect might not be right medium for you. If you are a photographer, designer or artist you can put your items on sites like DeviantArt, Flickr, and Behance.

You should also join forums for your specific niche! They are gold mines of the most targeted traffic you’ll ever find. Just search something like: “<niche> forum”, of course without the “” and the <>.

Grow your twitter follower list by following HIGHLY targeted people: Twitter, as we all know, is an extremely popular site. I don’t know what to exactly call it, social media? But whatever it is, you can drive LOTS and lots of traffic from there. Though in order to drive traffic you needs plenty of targeted followers. Now, you could do this the old fashioned and extremely slow way: don’t follow anyone extra and just let people follow you. It works. It’s how I got my first 100 followers. Then I realized that there are effective ways to get highly targeted followers in my niche.

My niche happens to be internet marketing, so I find well known internet marketers on twitter and follow their followers! Most people will follow you back, especially if you have good tweets already. Lucky for you though there is a awesome way to automate Twitter! The best Twitter automation software is called TweetAttacks. With it you can automate following and unfollowing fellow tweeter users. Also allows for scheduling tweets which, in itself, is an extremely powerful feature. See below for a special limited time discount for TweetAttacks!

If you want to try out TweetAttacks AND get a special discount, just follow this link! You’ll get an awesome discount, so head on over to get  TweetAttacks Twitter automation software.

Google Really Doesn’t Have It Easy With Buzz

The latest hype is all about Google’s new social media platform: Google Buzz. They kicked off very strongly, yet something was amiss. They didn’t start out on the right foot.

For starters, it became very quickly apparent the Google Buzz did away with the little thing we love to call privacy. The first iteration of Buzz exposed every single users contact list to the world. People didn’t even have a choice of it, they were automatically signed up for it with their lists exposed. Business Insider described it very well in their article “WARNING: Google Buzz Has A Huge Privacy Flaw“.

After a short day or two Google quickly ‘fixed’ the issue. It only took two days, 6000+ tweets and 500,000+ complaints JUST from Business Insider viewers. I can’t imagine how many people complained about it, really just have been a significantly larger amount than that. According to Google’s own blog:

We’ve had plenty of feature requests, and some direct feedback. In particular there’s been concern from some people who thought their contacts were being made public without their knowledge (in particular the lists of people they follow, and the people following them). In addition, others felt they had too little control over who could follow them and were upset that they lacked the ability to block people who didn’t yet have public profiles from following them.

At least they acknowledged the problem and tried to fix it (read here). Though it wasn’t enough. Today’s internet culture is especially sensative to privacy and it’s something Google blatantly violated. At least one person decided to take up arms against Google.

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