OK, of course there’s spam on Twitter! It’s like air pollution: it’s everywhere.
This morning I discovered I had a new ‘friend’:
The Bachelor Guy (thebachelorguy) added you as a friend! I visited his page and immediately saw a list of tweets about women and their sexual practices, gambling, products for sale. You’ll know exactly what’s in there if you’ve ever opened a spam email or looked at comment spam on a blog.
Time for action: I visit my Twitter home page, click on my list of 11 ‘friends’, scroll down past the ten I already know about: each has a picture and some links beside their name (for leaving them, direct messaging and so on). Then there’s a suspicious empty space where ‘friend’ number 11 should be listed.
Even when I view the HTML, there’s no number 11.
On reading the Twitter FAQ there is mention of spammers:
Can I block spammers and other unsavory characters?
Yes. At the bottom of the right hand sidebar on every profile page, there is a block link. Read more about this here. If it’s a spammer you’re blocking, feel free to send us a heads up, always much appreciated!
Ah, I go to thebachelorguy’s Profile Page and click the ‘block’ link at the bottom.
So: he’s blocked, and I contacted Twitter to tell them he’s a spammer.