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10 Signs new Twitter followers won’t be around long

January 15, 2011 by  

Sign of a spammer?

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:

  1. Their twitter name is X and four digits. ex. @michelle3845
  2. Their profile picture is the default egg.
  3. They’re tweeting the same link, over, and over, and over again.
  4. They’re following 2,000 people, have a few followers and no tweets.
  5. It’s obvious they’ve just joined Twitter yet profess themselves to be “Internet marketing experts.”
  6. They are just on Twitter to help YOU get rich (probably via MLM).
  7. Profile picture is of a semi-nude woman.
  8. Their profile information is not completed.
  9. The link in their profile is to a sales letter webpage.
  10. 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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