2009年3月07,

按照与Refollow垃圾邮件:在Twitter上最新的烦恼

除非你已经关闭了通知,当用户跟着你Twitter, you are no doubt used to the e-mail messages you get when somebody has opted into seeing your updates. Follower updates are a staple of social services - and if you are maniacal about keeping e-mail like I am, you can start to see trends on the data, including when people are oddly manipulating the system, in a way that's not normal. And for whatever reason, a small number of Twitter accounts look like they regularly follow me multiple times a day.

从我使用自动追踪功能SocialToo,自动让我选择在看到追随者的更新。The way I use Twittermeans there is little downside to having new incremental users in my feeds. So, in theory, if the user follows me just once - it's one and done. And I just don't see too much benefit to these new follow and refollow bots, even if I try to get creative.

Take a look at two examples: @PoliticalUpdate and @twtr.us.

一天两次,从2月27日,我一直在跟@ twtr.us,第一次在上午3点56我的时间,第二时间,下午5点在同一天。每天。


Also starting on February 27th,the account @PoliticalUpdatehas been following twice a day - at 2:34 a.m. my time, and a second time after 11:35 a.m. (only nine hours later). Again, every single day.


So what is the benefit of such a clearly robotic practice? Is the idea that the follow notifications are a form of advertising, giving me a chance to see their name more than once, and increasing the times I'll go to check out their Twitter page? Do they also think we're naive enough to not notice?

Whatever product it is that both @PoliticalUpdate and @twtr.us are using does not contribute to the community in any way, and should be turned off. There is some good news, I guess, in thatthe twtr.us account looks to have been suspended,但我敢打赌,有使用相同的服务更多的帐户在那里,应该停止。

Know any other accounts who are using follow and refollow spam? Let me know in the comments.Jesse Stay, who runs SocialToo, and I would absolutely be interested in keeping them out of your in box.

(也:See an earlier discussion on FriendFeed)