Q: What’s a Twitter Spammer’s favorite day?
Or at least it seems like it to me. I’ve been on Twitter since March 2008 and sometime thereafter someone started the tradition of #followfriday and it’s grown since then. If you’re not familiar with it, many tweeps (e.g. people who use Twitter) will recommend people for others to follow. While this happens throughout the week, it’s become traditional to do this on Fridays. To track these tweets, people use the hashtags #followfriday or #ff. (Hashtags are searchable.)
This worked fine when Twitter was still in the early adoption sector of
All a spammer has to do is search for either of the two hashtags above and he or she will have easy access to thousands of twitter names.
As we did with Pet Rocks, big hair in the 80’s, car phones, and CRT monitors, perhaps it’s time for us to “retire” the tradition of followfriday.
When it first started, I used it to find people interested in the same things in which I’m interested. But as the spammers started following me, I dropped out. They have to find me the hard way now, and when they do, I report them to @spam, run by the fine folks at Twitter.
Sigh, This is just another case of a great community building communication channel corrupted by those who are interested solely in their own interests. It’s a darn shame.
Follow me on Twitter, unless you’re a spammer. I’m txglennross