Twitter Spam: Can You Block What You Can’t Define?

We take twitter spam seriously around here. We often use words like spam, spammers and undesirables. And it always leads to the same question: “what is spam?”

The universal answer seems to be: “Everything I don’t want to receive from someone I don’t know.”

So that leaves us with approximately six billion different opinions. The problem is, Viagra is a nuisance to some, a blessing to others. So who decides what are spammy or undesirable tweets?

Over the weekend I did a Twitter search for ‘twitter spam.’ The list of spam complaints from Twitter users was endless.  However, I still had no clear definition of what twitter spam was.

So we’re asking you, what might be on your list when defining spam:

  • Tweets that are misleading, i.e. the tweet has nothing to do with its link
  • Anyone promoting ‘how to make money online’
  • Multi-level marketing promotions
  • Lonely hearts club – (look at my pictures variety)
  • Pornography
  • Spam-robot factories
  • Annoying people that tweet endlessly about mindless stuff
  • Malware or viruses
  • Sponsored tweets
  • Corporations advertising and marketing their products and services

I would like to hear from you. What’s your definition of spam (or spammers and undesirables)?

Is twitter spam different from email spam?

How bad is twitter spam in comparison to email spam (where 80% of emails are estimated to be spam)?

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