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Twitter Spam

As you spend more time on Twitter, statistically, you’ll eventually be a spam target. Spam is anyone who games the system to get more followers and add no value, companies that don’t interact but force feed followers links to sales pitches or people pimping their adult sites.

To avoid spam, if you’re unsure if you should follow someone back or not, check out TwitChuck, enter their twitter name and hit enter. You’ll get a yes, no or maybe like you see below. I think the algorithm needs some work, there are some users it didn’t recommend and it doesn’t recognize private accounts (like mine, even though Hubspot does), so I look forward to seeing how it develops out.

Screenshots of TwitChuck’s suggestions:

@bennrosales

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Note: I don’t personally know the developers of this application, and I’m sure it’s fine, but I can’t guarantee the safety of logging in with your Twitter screen name (which is an option so you can follow people directly from TwitChuck). Always exercise caution when giving out passwords if not done directly through the Twitter interface.

AgentGenius.com has no relationship with TwitChuck.com

Lani is the Chief Operating Officer at The American Genius - she has co-authored a book, co-founded BASHH and Austin Digital Jobs, and is a seasoned business writer and editorialist with a penchant for the irreverent.

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29 Comments

  1. Jim Cronin

    July 13, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    Oh oooh. We’re a good follow at 94 points! @retomato

  2. Benn Rosales

    July 13, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    Finally, a web tool that gets me! heh very cool.

  3. Benn Rosales

    July 13, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    ha @retomato you have always been a good follow

  4. Austin Smith - Goomzee.com

    July 13, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    @smith_goomzee got an 87!!

  5. Ian Greenleigh

    July 13, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    This is promising, but I’m sure I follow more than just one spammer–there needs to be a few more dimensions to the determination, but otherwise, neat little site.

  6. Elaine Reese

    July 13, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    Woo-hoo, @ReesesPeanut is a good follow and not a spammer. Got an 86.

  7. Ken Brand

    July 13, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    I really appreciate all your new cool stuff sharing. Puts a smile on our faces and and extra tiny jewel in our crown of knowledge. Thanks.

  8. Mariana

    July 13, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    YAY! I love all the neat-o Twitter evaluation tools out there. This is definitely one of the more fun ones. @mizzle is a 89!

  9. Lani Rosales

    July 13, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    well like i said, it doesn’t recognize private users like me, but if it did, my score would surely be at least onehundredtwelvity and everyone would have to flock. lol

  10. Matt Stigliano

    July 13, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    Wait a minute…if @BennRosales is an 89 and @mizzle is an 89, there has to be a problem with the algorithm, as I also am a 89. Those two have to be a least a few points ahead of me.

  11. Benn Rosales

    July 13, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    @rerockstar maybe it’s those that are higher that are to good to be true and us 89’rs are the ones that are right on target =]

  12. Mark Eckenrode

    July 13, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    i’m getting my fair share of spammers and that lot, but also seeing a big rise in twit-bots… funneling rss feeds to their twitter stream. while the bots have their place they’re use is definitely growing on twitter

  13. Brandie Young

    July 13, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    Very cool! @rerockstar … I’m a mere 81 … so I aspire to be like you, @BennRosales and @mizzle … someday

  14. Lani Rosales

    July 13, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    why is no one aspiring to a score of onehundredtwelvity? tell me! 😉 lol

  15. Matt Stigliano

    July 13, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    @BennRosales You mean the guy that promises to make me a Twitter millionaire overnight might not be true? So gutted.

    @brandiei Well I’m following you now. That should be worth at least -10 points.

    @LaniAR I aspire, but know I can never be that good.

  16. Jason Sandquist

    July 14, 2009 at 8:58 am

    WTH got an 89 as well. Also said I am following some spammers but am not when I clicked on them.

  17. Lisa Hendrickson

    July 14, 2009 at 9:31 am

    SWEET!!! 94….and I was just suspended 2 weeks ago LOL

    YESwe recommend that you follow callthatgirl. This user follows the Twitter guidelines, does not spam, and is in general an interesting individual
    Highlights for this user
    This user gets plenty of mention
    This user was created a while ago
    This user has a good following with many more followers then friends
    This user posts alot
    This is an active user
    This user has shown a lack of spam posts, terms, or links and will most likely will not post spam
    This user communicates frequently with the Twitter community, with a slight chance of being a spammer

  18. tomferry

    July 14, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    Hey Lani- oK, I’m with you … onehundredtwelvity! Seriously, I got a 86. Thx for the cool site and I will share it with some agents manana in San Diego- they will dig this. As Ken said, “thx for the jewel.”

    TF

  19. Beatriz DaRocha

    July 14, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    We got an 80 😀 @bocaratonhomes
    Thanks!

  20. Matthew Hardy

    July 14, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    @MatthewHardy got an 84. Self-esteem remains intact. 😉

  21. Paul Trippett

    July 14, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    I wonder why using twitter as a one way information stream is such a bad thing.

  22. Mark Brian

    July 14, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    Got an 89. Glad I am not a spammer.

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Twitter and other social media apps open on a phone being held in a hand. Will they go to a paid option subscription model?

In an attempt to become less dependent on advertising, Twitter Inc. announced that it will be considering developing a subscription product, as well as other paid options. Here’s the scoop:

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  • The company tried user “tips” in the past with its live video service Periscope (RIP), which has now become a popular business model for other companies – and which we will most likely see again with paid Twitter.
  • And yes, they will ALWAYS take a cut of any money being poured into the app, no matter who it’s intended for.

This announcement comes at a time where other social media platforms, such as TikTok and Clubhouse, are also moving towards paid options.

My hot take: Is it important – especially during a pandemic – to make sure that creators are receiving fair compensation for the content that we as users consume? Yes, 100%. Pay people for their work. And in the realm of social media, pictures, memes, and opinions are in fact work. Don’t get it twisted.

Does this shift also symbolize a deviation from the unpaid, egalitarian social media that we’ve all learned to use, consume, and love over the last decade? It sure does.

My irritation stems not from the fact that creators will probably see more return on their work in the future. Or on the principal of free social media for all. It stems from sheer greediness of the social media giants. Facebook, Twitter, and their counterparts are already filthy rich. Like, dumb rich. And guess what: Even though Twitter has been free so far, it’s creators and users alike that have been generating wealth for the company.

So why do they want even more now?

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Adding e-commerce offerings to social media platforms isn’t anything new. However, TikTok, which is owned by the Chinese firm ByteDance, is rolling out some new e-commerce features that will place the social video app in direct competition with Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook and Instagram.

According to a Financial Times report, TikTok’s new features will allow the platform to create and expand its e-commerce service in the U.S. The new features will allow TikTok’s popular users to monetize their content. These users will be able to promote and sell products by sharing product links in their content. In return, TikTok will profit from the sales by earning a commission.

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Currently, Facebook has expanded into the e-commerce space through its Facebook Marketplace. In May 2020, it launched Facebook Shops that allows businesses to turn their Facebook and Instagram stories into online stores.

But, Facebook hasn’t had too much luck in keeping up with the video platform in other areas. In 2018, the social media giant launched Lasso, its short-form video app. But the company’s TikTok clone didn’t last too long. Last year, Facebook said bye-bye to Lasso and shut it down.

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There is no word on when the features will roll out to influencers on TikTok, but according to the Financial Times report, the social media app’s new features have already been viewed by some people.

TikTok has a large audience that continues to grow. By providing monetization tools in its platform, TikTok believes its new tools will put it ahead of Facebook in the e-commerce game, and help maintain that audience.

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Your favorite Clubhouse creators can now ask for your financial support

(SOCIAL MEDIA) Clubhouse just secured new funding – what it means for creators and users of the latest quarantine-based social media darling.

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Clubhouse – the live-voice chat app that has been taking the quarantined world by storm – has recently announced that it has raised new funding in a Series B round, led by Andreessen Horowitz, the venture capital firm in Silicon Valley.

The app confirms that new funding means compensation for creators; much like the influencers on TikTok and YouTube, now Clubhouse creators will be able to utilize features such as subscriptions, tipping, and ticket sales to monetize their content.

To encourage emerging Clubhouse creators and invite new voices, funding round will also support a promising “Creator Grant Program”.

On the surface, Clubhouse is undoubtedly cool. The invite-only, celebrity-filled niche chatrooms feel utopic for any opinionated individual – or anyone that just likes to listen. At its best, Clubhouse brings to mind collaborative campfire chats, heated lecture-hall debates or informative PD sessions. I’ll be the first to admit, I’m actually obsessed.

And now with its new round, the video chatroom app will not only appear cool but also act as a helpful steppingstone to popular and emerging creators alike. “Creators are the lifeblood of Clubhouse,” said Paul & Rohan, the app’s creators, “and we want to make sure that all of the amazing people who host conversations for others are getting recognized for their contributions.”

Helping creators get paid for their labor in 2021 is a cause that we should 100% get behind, especially if we’re consuming their content.

Over the next few months, Clubhouse will be prototyping their tipping, tickets and subscriptions – think a system akin to Patreon, but built directly into the app.

A feature unique to the app – tickets – will offer individuals and organizations the chance to hold formal discussions and events while charging an admission. Elite Clubhouse rooms? I wonder if I can get a Clubhouse press pass.

Additionally, Clubhouse has announced plans for Android development (the app has only been available to Apple users so far). They are also working on moderation policies after a recent controversial chat sparked uproar. To date, the app has been relying heavily on community moderation, the power of which I’ve witnessed countless times whilst in rooms.

So: Is the golden age of Clubhouse – only possible for a short period while everyone was stuck at home and before the app gained real mainstream traction – now over? Or will this new round of funding and subsequent development give the app a new beginning?

For now, I think it’s safe to say that the culture of Clubhouse will certainly be changing – what we don’t know is if the changes will make this cream-of-the-crop app even better, or if it’ll join the ranks of Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook in being another big-time social media staple.

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