Twitter Spam

Twitter Spam is getting worse and worse these days. If you use Twitter like I do, and follow everyone who follows you, then you’ve probably seen a lot of crap like the above tweet.

Of course Twitter has never really had great spam reporting tools. Most users don’t even know the best way to report spam (umm I think the only?) is to send a direct msg to @spam. You include the offending username or tweet. At some point they may or may not doing something about it.

I can tell you, having seen the exact same marketing movement on Myspace, this problem is only going to get worse. MySpace was slow to react (although their spam filters are MUCH better these days) and it cost them a lot of users. I really hope the same doesn’t happen for Twitter.

Loic of Seesmic wants to help, so he included spam reporting tools in the latest version of Seesmic Desktop. I must say, there is something very satisfying about using this feature. As you can see in the below image, it auto-crafts the spam complaint for you. TAKE THAT CAMWHORE!

twitter spam

I think Loic should start collecting this data and build a “Akismet for Twitter” right into his desktop client. That way the community can help build the algorithm for detecting spam and identify the worst users. You could then hide those Tweets in the client, or auto-collapse them in the timeline.

Twitter would probably acquire any company that could help them better filter spam. If you make it happen I only ask for %10 of the acquisition price for the inspiration. 🙂

Sean Percival

Sean Percival is an American author, investor and entrepreneur.