Today has seen me have yet another disappointing ‘Experience’ with Twitter the ‘Thug’ as I called it recently. Well, more than one disappointment in fact. Firstly I have, or more correctly had, a small account on Twitter for this blog, @Vandal_Blog. The reasoning behind creating it was that it gave Twitter users an alternative to an RSS feed or email subscription and they could follow all the posts plus comments in one neat place on a Twitter stream at their leisure. With 500 followers it was a tiny account.
Sadly, this idea seems to have broken the ‘Twitter Rules‘ and the account has been suspended. So what rule did this account break? I checked and no it wasn’t spamming, phishing, porn or breaking copyright. No, I discovered that this was the offence the account had committed: ‘If your updates consist mainly of links, and not personal updates’.
Well I have to say that really is such a heinous crime now isn’t it? Especially when I check my own Twitter account each morning and find literally 100’s of auto-bot phishing DMs cluttering my inbox. Unsolicited offers to ‘get rich quick’ and of course invitations to follow some unknown bot on Facebook because their kid has autism. This is not counting 100’s more bots that fill my mentions. With the followers/following I have on my personal account, I have given up totally on my home feed as it is now 90% spam, phishing and marketing crap. Oh, and mostly ‘Updates consisting mainly of links, and not personal updates’.
Yes, using a Twitter account for a blog is far worse. Well enough complaining. I’ve lodged an objection and let’s see if @Vandal_Blog gets a reprimand or the death sentence.
After that fiasco, I went over to the Goodreads Twitter feed. You know, the wonderful site for book lovers. I like to look through who is following and often select new authors to follow myself from their list. So here’s what I got.
There’s an awful lot of eggs aren’t there? They are worse than simple bots. They are auto-generated accounts and they are now the most annoying pest on Twitter. Check any major account and you’ll see why they have so many followers. Most are these crappy bots. I’ve masked out a couple of accounts that are probably bots also as there is no bio. As I scrolled down this page it was almost 75% auto-generated accounts.
So what is Twitter doing about this infestation? Well, nothing it seems. They are too busy with the job of suspending The Vandal’s heinous little account.
I’m sorry, but as a longtime happy user of Twitter, it really has in recent times, become a complete pain in the butt. I’m going fishing!