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.
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.
Twitter is one 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.
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.
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:
- The follow significantly more people than are following them
- They only post affiliate links day in and day out
- Their username is complete gibberish
- They only post quotes and/or R
- T’s. Never commenting or interacting with anyone
- 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
- 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!
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
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
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.