While the reports began surfacing about a month ago, it has since been confirmed that Twitter has a dirty little secret they would rather keep on the downlow. The problem: Twitter Spam. And what is Twitter doing about it? The bare minimum apparently. One has the ability to block an unwanted follower, which is a corrective action after the fact. But as of today there is no preventative measure that will avoid the initial spamming, which is one of the reasons marketers are engaging in the practice. It’s easy, it works and it’s free.
Statistically, the odds are in their favor driven primarily by typical human behavior. Seemingly some Twitterers are inclined to start following someone if they themselves are followed as a matter of common curtousy. Following random people is not the smartest move in most instances. However, there are some that insist the 4000 people they do follow all have added value. It’s a mystery.
One solution that has been introduced is to Twerp Scan. The little program evaluates your followers based on criteria you set, like the ratio of followers to followies and # of followies. It puts your list out these in a nice format that is easily sorted. The you have the option to block the follower if you so desire.
There is a lot of discussion on both sides of this issue as to whether or not Twerp Scan is a good thing. The Download Squad has a nice post about it here – http://www.downloadsquad.com/2008/04/27/twitter-twerp-scan-block-twitter-spammers/. However if you google it, you will run across many different opinions.
My thought is this, if as a social community of Twitters we all jointly block the spammers then maybe, just maybe, it will send a message and stop the spread of spam.
I used it, as a test run, and ended up blocking some that were following me. Like Dogs1, a spammer for the best dog beds ever?! Weird. So it worked for me. If you have a lot of followers take a look at it. It may well be worth your time (1 minute) to run the program and see who you should be blocking.