Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Is Twitter the New SPAM?

Twitter is becoming so painful to use. The latest scam is an "ad-per-account":
  1. Create a new twitter account for some item you want to sell on eBay. For example, if you want to sell your blue bicycle, then make an account called "Blue Bicycle."

  2. On the new Twitter account, set the "What Are You Doing?" status be a link to your eBay sale page. Include some text like "I am practically giving away this bike!"

  3. Follow a few thousand people, who you don't know. It's not hard to do. You may even want to search Twitter for #bicycle to get started.

  4. Some high percentage of those people will see the Twitter invite in their personal email, and click on the Twitter link to see if they "know" the person that is following them.

  5. Profit.

Here is an example of this new scam account.

I call this the Twitter Spam, because every invited user will get an email, courtesy of Twitter. Yuck.

Of course, users can turn off the invitation-email (it's a Twitter setting), but that's a bummer when "real" friends are following.

Happy Domain Hunting!