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something I don't get re: Twitter [Aug. 16th, 2010|01:51 am]
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So this person:

that I do not know is following me and 100 other people. She has one tweet, some platitude that belongs on a bumpersticker. only 9 people are following her back, presumably people who follow back anyone that adds them.

There are three similar profiles (few tweets, all tweets are cliche inspirational stuff, following random non-famous people that aren't following back) that started following me around the same time.

obviously it's some kind of scam, but I can't figure out the angle. If I don't know them and don't follow them back, they can't spam me. they aren't posting anything interesting that would make anyone want to follow them back. I'm not concerned, but I am curious to understand this otherwise confusing behavior.

I am new to twitter so apologies if this is an obvious question that everyone else dealt with 2 years ago.

I remember LJ had the "serial adders" back in the day, and I never understood that, either. are they related somehow?

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[User Picture]From: lara7
2010-08-16 09:13 am (UTC)

the weird thing...

is none of these mystery followers have any links in their tweets. But they're all using the same kind of "inspirational" quotes as the one tweet they do manage to post, so I figure the playbook is the same.
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[User Picture]From: mcfnord
2010-08-16 09:54 am (UTC)
twitter is moving to a more complex and powerful authentication model starting literally today (delayed by the world cup last month) for most of their traffic from external applications, and that might improve this activity. they really hate spammers or "spammy behavior" as they call it, including multiple rapid adds like done here.
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[User Picture]From: t_rabbit
2010-08-18 07:37 pm (UTC)
Spammers were creating accounts and immediately posting scam urls. That got the automatic robots to shut down their accounts quickly. Now spammers create an account, wait a week, then post a bad URL which gets past the robot and requires a human to report them.
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