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There's one thing I find really annoying about Twitter; it's those random followers that latch on to you just after you have posted an update.  This was actually quite exciting at first until I realised what was going on.  Say hello to Twitter-spam!

Twitter, for the uninitiated is a kind of messaging tool that allows family members or colleagues to stay in touch though simple status updates.  It's simplicity is perhaps it's biggest appeal.  With messages up to 140 characters and a very straightforward system of following the people you want to keep up to date with, it should be straight forward and hassle free.  Sadly though, Twitter is still susceptible to usual forms of abuse and annoyances that have plagued Internet services for years.

That wonderfully useful communication tool suddenly becomes annoying.

Twitter icon Perhaps this is to be expected when something becomes popular.  As with the notorious and somewhat over hyped Facebook, as soon as word gets out about something new, suddenly everyone wants piece of the action.  Before you know it, it's imperative that every business out there must have a Twitter account so that they can 'keep their customers informed' of their new products and services.  Well that's all very well.  It's good that people find this new thing useful, but then a few crafty individuals start thinking 'how can I make some money with this' and before you know it, some genius has just created a new thing called 'Twitter Spam'.  That wonderfully useful communication tool suddenly becomes annoying.

... those random followers (read spammers) - I usually end up just blocking them

Back to those random followers (read spammers).  They're easy enough to spot because they're following thousands of people and they either have very few updates (tweets), or all their updates are from API.  In other words those tweets have probably generated automatically from a database or application.  Why would I be interested in something like that?  I could of course prevent my updates going on to the public time line, but there again sometimes real and interesting people follow and I'm interested enough to follow back.

I could ignore them but I usually end up just blocking them straight away.

How do you deal with random followers - leave a comment.


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Ex T Member

Ex T Member

Twitter just banned my account because I didn't have a good word to say about Google and gave me a warning so I did what every good citizen should do and warned other members not to use the 'G' word in vain and then only did re-tweets on people that were saying what I wanted to say.

Well the next thing you know is my account got a total ban.

Free speech and Twitter are a thing of the past and they now seem to be taking contributions, bribes or whatever you want to call it to silence tweets for fee paying corporations.
Ex T Member
7th Mar 14 23:19

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Boblet

Boblet

I am a dinosaur when it comes to twitter face book etc, in fact lots of things have eluded me a "Floppy Disc" that is stiff & rectangular for instance, then a stick which did the same thing as the disc. The CD that replaced the tape, but is nothing like as versatile. OK now the nub of it can someone explain to me what admin was on about, when he said he had caved in to facebook etc?
Boblet
18th Apr 11 11:51

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lyra

lyra

i'm on twitter and about an eighth of my followers are unknown. It doesn't bother me at all! they can't do anything to annoy mr, because I don't follow them and they dont send me messages!
lyra
18th Apr 11 10:49

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Artuk

Artuk

Why do you want to be a TWIT in the first place, telling everyone that you have just bought a new roll of toilet paper or made a cup of coffee? I hear people telling me they have such busy lives with no time to cook proper food etc and in the next breath tell me how many hours a week they spend 'twitting'.
Artuk
12th Jun 10 20:46

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Timelord

Timelord

To "Tweety Birrddd", where is the sex on Twitter, I must be doing something wrong?

Twitter is fine for getting news of offers and events from companies and real world places, not sure about the "social" aspects.
Timelord
12th Jun 10 14:25

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Nuntu Appi

Nuntu Appi

Twitterers deserve everything they get - sad, socially inept people who while their lives away (and their employers time too) posting inane twaddle. May you drown in spam.
Nuntu Appi
27th Feb 10 17:45

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Nuntu Appi

Nuntu Appi

Twitterers deserve everything they get - sad, socially inept people who while their lives away (and their employers time too) posting inane twaddle. May you drown in spam.
Nuntu Appi
27th Feb 10 15:40

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Archmage

Archmage

Facebook?? Don't make me laugh. It's a playground for those idiots you left back at school. Just a glorified popularity contest.
Archmage
27th Oct 09 19:41

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Chavtastic

Chavtastic

I really don’t get Twitter. I do think it is for egomanicas who want to broadcast their opinions constantly or for business people who want to network – which is fine in itself but not for everyone. Apart from that it is pretty trivial and useless.

Have to say that Facebook is far more useful and it is not just for saddos as the poster below suggests. It helps people share their pics easily and communicate what that are doing or thinking en masse (to a chosen audience that they control). You can also invite people to events etc. Generally it works best if you invite genuine family and friends and not a load of hangers on! The games are irritating when you see all the updates in the ‘homepage’ field as they waste time and space of non-gamers. Each to their own though.

I do think the love or hate it attitude or the trendy brigade when it comes to I.T is sad. Use it for what it is designed for, pick and choose intelligently and be discriminating with who you allow access.

Golden rule is – if you wouldn’t invite them into your home then don’t let them into your private cyber world!

As for spammers etc. they will always ruin the experience for the genuine people. Much the same in the real world with irritating people!
Chavtastic
27th Oct 09 16:11

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Tweety Birrddd

Tweety Birrddd

Twitter = sex for twits. yweety-pie! I thawt I saw a puddy-cat. Tweet tweet. I thawt I saw a puddy-cat creeping up on me. I deed I deed!! Tweet Tweet
Tweety Birrddd
24th Oct 09 20:48

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Mr Rupert

Mr Rupert

Twitter, Facebook et al are waste of time for sad people who think communicating via their computer is cool or exciting. Learn something useful - for instance, how to get a life. Computers are fine in moderation, but Twitters and Facebookers don't know when to stop (just like lard ass*es addicted to junk food and yobbish beer swillers drinking themselves in to a stupor.

I'm no prude and each to their own, but FFS get off thinking Twitter is some godsend that gives you some kind of kudos. To many of us it only demonstrates that you're a needy little jerk.
Mr Rupert
24th Oct 09 09:43

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GRUMPYOLDWOMAN

GRUMPYOLDWOMAN

I'm never likely to tweet; can't see any reason to. If you want to keep in touch with friends and family you already have post,telephone calls, text messages and email; why do you need anything else?

If twitter is open to anyone then it's fairly obvious that it will be abused by people trying to make money. It's the equivalent of trying to have a personal conversation with someone by shouting across a crowded room!

grumpyoldwoman
GRUMPYOLDWOMAN
23rd Oct 09 08:40

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