What’s With All The Spam All Over Twitter?

The Spam Is Everywhere!

This morning it started with the spam all over Twitter. Folks with no followers or not following anyone sending messages to look at this or that – how stupid do they think we are on Twitter? I really felt like I needed a fly swatter to smack them dead. I wonder why the sudden movement of spammers there? One appears to be about Walmart, maybe there’s a get rich quick scheme going on there. If you are bothered by these Twitter spammers – you can block them and even report them to Twitter. I’m sure the folks at Twitter will be busy today with the spam.

the spam

Next came the spam in my blog. But it was avoided for I set up my review comments before publishing. They are called trackbacks. But trackbacks for games I never particpate in?  Some with PC game in their website or the actual words scam. Yes the word scam right there! I understand Akismet is very good with dealing with these but I also read it can cost you a lot of money if you have a lot of pageviews. This was something I had not dealt with over on Blogger or the free WordPress sites. But if you remember that blog went poof. I have been reading about trackbacks and their place in blogs but I’m not 100% confident in my understanding of them. I just know I don’t want them showing up in comments. They are many plug-ins too that can help you to avoid this. I’ve been playing around with few plugs-ins to test which are the best and reading others recommendations of them. I love the WordFence plug-in. There is also a setting where you can stop them. This is my next line of DEFENSE. It’s under settings for discussion: . I’m leaving it UNchecked.

What ways are you dealing with the spam today? 


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  • People have to pass a CAPTCHA test to register; that might mean that people are manually making a user name and then spamming. It is bothering me too but I don’t know how it can be avoided.

  • Can you still tagged someone as spam even if its their comment is related on your post? I guess we are all aware of spam and what spam looks like. 🙂 Great post, btw.

  • 170 spam comments blocked so far. Spamming can be seen as ‘promoting this or that’. In a way what I do too. With one difference, we mean no harm other than ‘lure’ people to our site.
    Spammers do the same. A simple defense on twitter could be to not display your full real URL in a post on twitter. That was a mistake I’ve made.
    The Twitter API (Advanced Programmer Interface) is downloadable at the Twitter site. Basically people are making ‘bots’ reading the posts and scanning them for URL’s or email addresses. After they acquire that information they zoom in to the targets and ‘spam’ them.
    Moderating comments before making them public is also a good way to deal with them. I’ll have to check out ‘Spam Free WordPress’ for it’s performance on blocking spam.
    In the meantime, keep spamming my blog. lol. 😉

    • Interesting, makes sense Jan – thanks for explanation. Yes moderating has helped tremendously. How are you like your new WordPress?

  • I got whammied by those dang bots on twitter too! Argh…Disney World and Walmart ones. Then those who follow you with EGGS as avi’s and NO BIO’s (you may have seen my tweet). Then the DM’s. Oh I hate them too. WTH? Grrr…as for WordPress, Akismet does catch my spam and I don’t allow pingbacks, trackbacks but the spammers still come. As long as the spam comments are actually hitting my blog, I guess I’m cool. Yet, like you. When I had a blogger blog, no spam….even without captcha. It’s one of those things your have to either deal with or… I dunno. I keep contemplating a move back to blogger….especially cause of the spam and GFC. Great post!

    • Hi Brenda,
      Yes, those on Twitter are ridiculous! Egg heads with no bio’s. Even some with bio’s if they follow no one and no one follows them BEWARE. I’m sure they will get smarter too in time. Well I’m happy now that I have to approve the comments here on WP. I just love the plug-ins and the bells and whistles. I have noticed a slight decrease in visits too but I expected that with the switch. It will take a little time. It was a little more work than I had anticipated with more to do still.

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