Posts tagged with 'spam'
How popular is Twitter? It's so popular that some would suggest it's worth billions of dollars. But as many of us who lived through the first .com bust know all too well, it's disappointingly easy to take something that looks like it has a future filled with success and turn it into fail.
In the case of Twitter, I think there are 5 things that the company's management needs to do to avoid that fate.
Dean Collins sells a desktop software application called My Twitter
Butler. By all appearances, it's pretty spammy. It enables Twitter
users to auto-follow other users based on keywords they use and permits
the mass-sending of DMs to followers.
Twitter doesn't like My Twitter Butler and Twitter's high-powered
Silicon Valley law firm, Fenwick & West, sent Collins a letter
demanding that he "deactivate" his website, transfer the
MyTwitterButler.com domain name to Twitter, stop using the My Twitter
Butler name and begin complying with Twitter's Terms of Service. Or else.
Last Friday, TechCrunch reported that online document sharing service Scribd saw its traffic fall nearly 50% since June of this year. That's pretty much the SEO equivalent of a stock market crash.
According to Trip Adler, Scribd's CEO, the company knowingly made some changes that it expected to decrease traffic. One of them: "reducing the aggressiveness of our SEO".
CAPTCHAs -- those computer-generated images commonly used with website forms that challenge users to prove they're human -- are a popular tool in the arsenal against web spam.
But when looked at from a cost-benefit analysis standpoint, do they help or hurt conversions?
Love it or hate it, Twitter is hot. So much so that it received $48m in free media coverage over the past 30 days by one estimate.
But Twitter faces some major challenges and not everything is rosy in Twitterville. A flurry of job listings the company posted over the weekend hints that Twitter is looking to hire the talent it needs to keep the company from falling off the tracks.
When discussing spam emails, there's an inconvenient truth that often gets ignored: email spam is still so prevalent because it works.
Yes, those horrible emails ridden with poor grammar and spelling errors, pitching everything from get rich quick schemes to 'performance enhancing drugs', are effective sales tools for the product peddlers behind them.
Twitter is a wonderful service. But it isn't perfect. The popular microblogging service is increasingly the target of spam techniques that threaten the service's utility and value.
Here the the seven techniques that spammers are employing on Twitter...
I've just been working my way through a few Twitter emails from over the weekend, and deciding whether to follow people back or not.
Having initially followed the advice of Guy Kawasaki and automatically followed everyone who followed me, I have become more circumspect lately, to keep the content more relevant.
I also tend to make snap decisions, based on the bio, and the last few posts. Here are ten reasons not to follow people back...
Cancel your weekend plans. At 12:01 am EDT on Saturday, June 13, Facebook will open the floodgates on a long-awaited landrush.
At that time, all Facebook users will be able to select a vanity URL (eg. www.facebook.com/username/).
Last Friday I wrote a piece called ‘How Twitter can dig itself out of hashtag hell’, urging Twitter to allow users to turn off ‘spam’. The trouble is that spam isn’t always defined by a hashtag (such as #Spymasterspam).
Consider the rise of the Spymaster game on Twitter. This is yet another reason why Twitter needs to quickly introduce personalisation features.
It’s hard to put into words how little I care about somebody reaching level 11 on Spymaster, or attempting an assassination attempt on @somebodyelse. And I’m not alone.
I’m sure the game itself is wondrous fun, but I don’t want to see these tweets appear in my feed.