Archive for the ‘Twitter Spam’ Category

TwitBlock Alpha: Parsing Twitter Followers By Their Fruits

July 29, 2009

1938 Media Tweeted about a new Twitter Follower tool called TwitBlock Alpha.

The tool scans a Twitter account’s Followers list and generates scores for each Twitter Follower.

TwitBlock Alpha

TwitBlock Alpha

The higher the score, the more likely the Twitter Follower is a spammer – or at least has used one of those automated tools that proclaim “1000 New Twitter Followers Overnight”.

Just yesterday, I asked who are the 10,000+ people  would follow a Twitter account with 14 Tweets?

Fake Followers

Fake Followers

Probably someone who’s TwitBlock score – coincidentally – is off the charts.

The following is the top Twitter Spam Score from my Twitter Followers list:

Twitter Spam Score

Twitter Spam Score

As you can see, 1 Twitter Update, Following 490 and 6 Followers is indicative of a spammy Twitter account.

As I have increased my Tweets, I have noticed a disproportionate amount of following by Twitter spammers.

Hopefully an app service like TwitBlock can ultimately predictively model and prevent Fake Twitter Followers.

FakeFollowers.com attempts to do the same.

FakeFollowers.com

FakeFollowers.com

Twitter Trending Topics Gone

June 25, 2009

It appears Twitter has removed the Trending Topics list of the top subjects being tweeted.

Twitter Trending Topics Gone

Twitter Trending Topics Gone

I wonder if Trending Topics had become a Twitter spam magnet?

Twitter Spam

February 9, 2009

I have noticed over the past several day lots of new followers with familiar sounding Twitter celebrity like names.

Clicking through to the new followers site instead finds an impersonator of the well known and heavily followed Twitter personality.

Twitter impersonators usually have to employ a slight misspelling or underscore before or after their their more famous host.

Of the Twitter personality impersonator followers I have received in the last week, each have contained the same message and link within their updates:

Friends, “5 Steps to Twitter Success” was just released! Get your copy here.

Friends, if this is any indication of how spammers plan to experiment with methods for monetizing the Twitter community get ready for truckloads of more Twitter Spam.