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Detecting Spammers on Twitter

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

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Lani is the COO and News Director at The American Genius, has co-authored a book, co-founded BASHH, Austin Digital Jobs, Remote Digital Jobs, and is a seasoned business writer and editorialist with a penchant for the irreverent.

29 Comments

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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