Porn Bots, Spammers and Marketers of All Stripes Welcome!

Everyone, and I mean everyone, is welcome to follow me on Twitter. That’s not exactly an earth-shattering statement, but according to many Twitter users, some followers are less desirable than others.

  • Porn bots – Twitter accounts that have a scantily clad avatar, are following 1,000-2,000 people, and have ten tweets that are variations of “come see me naked”.
  • Spammers – people that use sponsored tweet services, people that send automatic (impersonal) direct messages, and whose tweets are nothing but affiliate links.
  • Marketers – people that don’t spam, but still tweet “too much” about deals or products they’ve found online.
  • Generally untrustworthy people – this is a vague category, but one that has been gaining traction among some of the people that I follow. When a user doesn’t have a properly filled out Bio or uses a URL shortening service in their Web link, they are deemed untrustworthy. According to Will, “in my experience, no bio = planning to spam.”

All of these are valid complaints… I suppose. The thing is, I don’t care who follows me. I never block anyone. I don’t automatically follow anyone back. When I get a new follower notice in my email inbox, I don’t often click through. I don’t waste any of my time on these activities. Since I don’t follow the porn bots and the spammers when they follow me, I don’t have to read their junk in my Twitter stream. They can’t send me Direct Messages. They do not impact my Twitter usage at all.

No wasted time + no impact on my stream = I don’t care who follows me.

My Bottom Line

It’s easy enough to determine who is worth following back based on the emails sent by Twitter. Does the person follow 1,400 people and only have 50 followers? Don’t follow them back. Does the person follow 50,000 and have 50,000 followers? Unless you don’t mind being ignored, don’t bother following back. This person isn’t interacting with 50k people. Does the person have a reasonable number of following/followers but a name like “MakeMoneyOnlineNOW”? I shouldn’t have to tell you to ignore that one. You see, there are enough clues in those emails to determine if someone deserves attention. When in doubt, click through and check the person’s tweets. Do it this way and you’ll probably click through a very manageable number of emails and pick up some quality followers that you might be interested in following back.

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  1. […] noted before that I really don’t care who follows me on Twitter. Spammer, scammer, porn bot, marketer, whatever – I don’t care. That doesn’t mean […]

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