January 15, 2011 by Alain Saffel
I’ve been on Twitter for nearly three years now. I guess that sort of makes me an “old timer” on it. I have had a lot of interesting discussions and have seen many interesting things on Twitter.
Lately it seems like half the people who follow me are the “get rich quick” types and I know they won’t be around for long. I don’t bother banning them, but I certainly don’t follow them back.
Once you’ve been Twitter spammed for a while, you begin to see the same, curious signs. Here are some I’ve noticed:
- Their twitter name is X and four digits. ex. @michelle3845
- Their profile picture is the default egg.
- They’re tweeting the same link, over, and over, and over again.
- They’re following 2,000 people, have a few followers and no tweets.
- It’s obvious they’ve just joined Twitter yet profess themselves to be “Internet marketing experts.”
- They are just on Twitter to help YOU get rich (probably via MLM).
- Profile picture is of a semi-nude woman.
- Their profile information is not completed.
- The link in their profile is to a sales letter webpage.
- Their tweets consist of trending topics and a link.
Any signs you’ve seen that you might find curious? I would love to know about them!
Oh, and if you’re new to Twitter, you can interpret the signs I’ve indicated as a list of things not to do on Twitter.
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January 14, 2011 by Alain Saffel
The decline of Myspace is sad but not unexpected and now its parent company, News Corp, is rumored to be wanting to pawn it off on some unsuspecting, deep pocketed company out in cyberspace.
I’ve never been that big of a fan of it and don’t really know anyone using it. It seems like it’s mainly dedicated to kids.
So, News Corp is trying to sell it, but who might be interested?
I can see two companies that could have a legitimate reason for looking at it: Google and Apple.
Google has been eager to get into the social networking business and, thus far, their efforts have been rather pathetic. While buying something like Myspace, a failing social network, might be viewed as idiocy, Google could pick it up cheap and have the opportunity to turn it around.
Apple would make more sense to me. Steve Jobs certainly has the track record of being able to turn around failing companies. Myspace used to be cool, has a younger demographic and was/is known for being a place to discover new music.
It would make a lot of sense for Apple to pick up Myspace as its social media property. I believe Apple could definitely turn it around and bring back the cool factor it once had. It also makes a lot of sense from Apple’s perspective and its most successful products: iTunes, iPods and iPhones, not to mention the iPad.
It’s a great fit for Apple and a perfect opportunity to market its products even further; like they need the help.
The real question is will News Corp be asking too much for the failing social network? Probably. They could unload the problem company or let it fail completely. It’s a shame to let 22 million users go find some other place to be social.
Google seems to have lost its cool factor with the failure of Google Wave and the tepid public response to Google Buzz. I am not so sure that Google could bring back the cool factor Myspace desperately needs. Apple could.