It’s gotta be a joke, and a good one a that. :-D
Hat tip: Baekdal.
Spam is hitting Twitter. Correction: spam is hitting Twitter users.
Spammers know they get one chance to spam: Twitter sends an e-mail to each person that a spammer follows, inviting them to check out the spammer’s profile. The spammer’s profile likely has a single tweet containing a single spam link. Spammers set up multiple Twitter accounts and follow thousands.
There are available solutions to the problem:
Twitter should choose its anti-spam tactics carefully. Spammers’ responses could make future spam detection even more difficult. For example, limiting the number of follows or follows per day has no impact on the number of followers a spammer could do per day — it only limits the number of followers per account. (After all, nothing limits a spammer to having a single active Twitter account.) As a consequence, a spammer account would have fewer follows, making them harder to detect.
Update. Twitter responds to spam.
I tried to leave a comment on a blog but was challenged with the following captcha:
I defy you to tell me what those letters are.
Oh, and the blog went commentless…