3 Lame Examples of Twitter Spam, but is it Really Spam?

April 13th, 2009 |

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Most of us remember when Myspace was the next big marketing tool, and now Twitter is practically in the same boat.  Take a look back and see how spam has essentially ruined Myspace.  You can’t view a Myspace profile without seeing all the different comments posted by spammers.

By now, we can probably all agree that Twitter is a very powerful social media tool for creating, expanding, and maintaining both personal and business relationships.  However, with great marketing opportunities, we will often find lame attempts to milk the marketing opportunity.

Basically what I am referring to are the spammers that are so rampantly DM’ing me with their fool proof ways to make money or get a gagillion friends on twitter.  I mean come on, could it not be so obvious whatever crap you are trying to market does not work?

Let’s take a quick look at some of my favorite Twitter spam messages.

You can Never Have Enough Twitter Followers

On Twitter, your followers are key to your Twitter accounts success.  Targeted followers who are interested in your business or hobby help to create strong relationships.  However, some view more followers as an opportunity to peddle their spammy affiliate link to more people.  For example, let’s take a look at the infamous direct message:

“Thanks for the follow! How would you like to get 16000 followers in 90 days and get paid doing it? click here for my lame scheme”

What’s funny about nearly all these are that if you actually view the twitter profile, most have less than a few hundred followers.  Interesting.  Someone trying to market something that is not even working for the account they are spamming from.  Atleast spam from an account with 16,000+ followers so you can look like you are using something that works.

Thanks for the Follow, Get Your Free Gift!

Another favorite of mine is the self proclaimed guru with a “free” gift.

“Thanks for the follow. I have a free report for all my new followers. click here for my lame report”

First, if you are really offering something for “free” don’t ask me for my email address.  You and I both know, you are just going to hit me up with some lame attempt at an upsell, or just send me a bunch of crap I don’t care about.  To me, that is not “free”.  It is a pain in the ass.

Check out My Pics

I have not been sent these too much, probably because their accounts are banned as soon as they are created, but are always good for a laugh.

“hey sweetie, check me out…i just uploaded some pics at www.mysite.com

Usually, these profiles are accompanied by an attractive female picture trying to entice the reader to click the link in the message.  These messages scream of spam/affiliate links.  I can’t imagine this type of approach converts at all…especially on Twitter which is full of “self proclaimed marketing gurus.”

So Is it Really Spam?

While there are more examples I could go over, I think we all have seen the above mentioned messages.  But is it really spam afterall?  I mean I am following these people, therefore I have “opted” to receive their messages/tweets.  Can it be spam if I agreed to receive contact from them? If they were using proper affiliate marketing tips, I would say no. 

I guess technically, no it is isn’t spam, but I would certainly like to consider it spam.  In the end, I can simply unfollow the said spammer and move on with my twitlife.  What do you think?  What are some of your favorite lame spammer messages?

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  • http://www.billboorman.co.uk Bill Boorman

    This is a good debate. As you may be aware, there is a @spam that you can DM if you want to report a spammer. I've never tried this as I would imagine they would be very busy checking all the reports and deciding what is ok and what isn't. Which is where I have the problem deciding what spam is.
    I do have a free white paper for marketing purposes. This has been e-mailed to around 1100 people who have requested it and I have sent the same people 3 updates over the last 4 months as to new services we are offering and a general comment on the market related to the original report. We started doing this because we had no blog to post the report at and saw this as the best way to engage with possible customers. Now we know the level of interest I have developed the blog and will be introducing registration that requires a sign in with an opt out from future mail. This is much the same as I have found when registering to read postings from some fairly high brow sources such as the Daily Telegraph Business Club. Because the white paper is real and valued, I don't see it as spam, but I can see now how others might after reading this piece.

    • http://www.billboorman.co.uk Bill Boorman

      On twitter and other platforms there will be some "evangelists" who want to share their beliefs with everyone, but the majority who are willing to share quality information and time do so because they ultimately believe their followers will either become their customers or influence others in their direction. Isn't that why so many spend so much time engaging with blogs, twitters, LinkedIn groups etc etc? Does the fact that I am really not interested in your offering make it spam?
      My own bad experience came from a trusted source who posted a message on viral marketing. This lead to the same click here, click here, click here scenario you are talking about all of which lead to repeated e-mails from each destination. Something ironic in that I was looking for viral marketing for a video and caught a disease! My trusted source became untrusted and I quickly dropped them and issued the ultimate sanction by stopping doing any business with them. They were left in a worse position. I also chose to un-follow them and recommended others do the same because of their approach. I viewed this as spam but I had invited it.

      • http://www.billboorman.co.uk Bill Boorman

        The audience will always issue their own sanctions if they choose by ignoring or removing, is there a need for someone to decide what spam is? Better to issue simple rules and bar those that break them. In my view, if I had the power, the following would be barred as spam:

        1: The same post more than 10 times in a week from the same source
        2: Followers offering pornography, drugs or similar in their title (Britney seems to be the favorite.)
        3; Posts from anyone with "hottie" in their name
        4: Posts for reference sites or resources that do not give me the option to opt out of any future mailings to my e-mail account
        5: Any posts that result in your contact being distributed to multiple sources without invitation
        Aside from this, I wouldn't like anyone to have the power to play "god" and decide this is spam, this isn't!

        More views please. Promise not to spam you!

        Bill

        • http://www.billboorman.co.uk Bill Boorman

          Forgot to add: Anything that keeps sending me posts relating to a game eg: just assasinated the ambassador should also be banned and the originator flogged!

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  • http://twitter.com/gthead Gavin Head

    To me, it is spam unless you are adding something of interest/value to me. If you do that, I don't mind getting your DM. But if you don't, I'll just hit delete and possibly unfollow you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/shawn.hoefer Shawn Hoefer

    I “unfollow” the examples you've posted. The ones that get to me are the people from legitimate sites with legitimate products that can't differentiate spam from marketing. I really don't need to see 3589652034856 tweet about your Etsy store products… 1 compelling tweet would have made me look. Too many and I am annoyed. Annoyed enough to “unfollow?” Probably not. Annoyed enough to tweet about it and then follow it over here to read and comment on this? Well, yeah…