It used to be a mark of shame – the embarrassment of being caught out falling for the Free iPad offer, or the vanity of thinking someone would write a blog about you, let alone a bad blog.
However these spam tweets are becoming so prevalent, the embarrassment has gone but the annoyance factor is growing.
I’ve started a list below of the tweets with links you should avoid clicking on – please send any other examples and I’ll update the list. These links create a spam cascade: You click the link which sends the message on to your followers. Some of them click the link and it’s sent on again. And so on.
If you have suddenly found that your followers have been sent a DM from your account without your knowledge it can be because someone has your login or, by clicking on a link, you’ve mistakenly authorised an app which is sending these tweets out from your account. So here are the two things you should do now if you’re in that position:
Change your password. Now.
Check to see if there is a Twitter app sending these tweets from your account, and block it: Go to Twitter.com > Log In > Go to your profile > Edit profile > Applications > then revoke access to anything dodgy or spammy or you don’t recognise as having authorised.
Here’s the list of tweets to avoid – and if you receive one of them, please direct the sender to this page so they can sort it out:
Someone said this real bad thing about you in a blog…
your guaranteed income of $3,000 to $8,000 a month from home
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Did you hear how i make money from home part-time? u should give it a shot here
is this you in this picture?
check out this blog, you’re in it…..
is this you in the video?
Let’s Get it on!
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