If you use Twitter you’ll have surely noticed that there are a lot of pesky accounts that include spammers of course, but also many that are just plain nuisances as well as those who are just old fashioned idiots looking to spoil a good thing. What they all have in common is that they use tricks that are sometimes stupid, but more often well planned and sophisticated. Here a few of the dirty tricks to keep an eye open for and ready yourself to use the handy Twitter block button.
The Sympathy Grabbers – Autism is the latest one, but be on the look out for cancer survivors, hopelessly abandoned mothers and any number of life’s misfortunes that anyone with an ounce of pride would not include in their profile on Twitter.
I’m a college student – Of course noting which college and what subjects and how tall and what colour eyes and of course young and female. I bet the spammers get a lot of red blooded male followers with this one.
I’m a Beleiber – Yes our friend Justin is so popular that noting him in a spammer’s profile is a guaranteed way to attract his real fans.
The No Profiler – No profile and a default egg avatar is 99% of the time auto created accounts that are created by the 1,000s every day. Why Twitter still allows these absolute pests is beyond me. They are just pollution. You will always find them following big number accounts. If you take these away, poor Stephen Fry would have a million less followers. Now perhaps there is a reason Twitter allows them. To boost follower numbers for the celebs so they stay on Twitter.
Follow, Unfollow, Follow, Unfollow – This trick is used to keep an account near the top of say a celeb account. So when an innocent user goes looking for Lady Gaga, they see who has recently followed her and are hopefully tempted to follow a like minded user. Nasty trick.
The ‘followback’ teams – Teens seem to have got onto this tag, but most times it will be a spammer guaranteeing to follow you back. Yes, you get a new follower, but do you really want a spammer?
I’m a naughty girl – This one started recently but the profile usually reads, ‘Hello I’m Sophie, Chloe or Jane and whole list of girls’s names followed by the naughty girl bit. Really, boys are still that stupid?
The Foul Mouth – A profile full of profanity by some idiot who likes to follow innocent looking accounts. Why? Well when an old vicar finds another vicar to follow and then has a little peek at who is following – well, we have a very shocked vicar. Unfortunately, idiots are born every day.
So there are a few potential victims of your block button should you stumble upon them. But then again, I suppose this is part of the beauty of Twitter. We do get the full cross-section of society participating. The good, the bad and the ugly.