Posted October 14, 2009 9:52 am by with 9 comments

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Twitter iconDo you hate spam? Do you hate Twitter spam in particular? Had it with spam? Well, Twitter feels your pain. I get almost teary eyed thinking about their concern for our well being in the Twitterverse. Here’s their blog post to let you know they are thinking of you.

Folks can now help us conquer spam by calling our attention to a profile they find questionable. Click the “Report as spam” button under the Actions section of a profile’s sidebar and our Trust and Safety team will check it out to see what needs to be done. No automated action will be taken as a result of reporting a user as spam (in other words, it can’t be used to incite an angry mob against an account you don’t like.) And once you report a profile it will automatically be blocked from following or replying to you. You nailed it!

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All kidding aside, this is a nice step taken by Twitter to combat an issue that many feel is getting out of hand at a very rapid pace. Of course, this is also a necessary step because the last thing Twitter needs is to be more noise than information (especially if you are speaking to some pretty big names about your feeds).

So join Twitter in making the regal Land of Tweets clean of spam. Consider this your way to make Twitter “Go green” by ridding itself of excess stuff. If nothing else you will have contributed to the betterment of your corner of the social media world.

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  • Thank you Twitter! I do find Twitter valuable and use it for my Live WordPress Q&A sessions that I have several time each week. The last being on Monday when I was actually thinking that if Twitter didn’t get a handle on all the spam it would become irrelevant. Who wants to have to weed through all that junk (sent over and over and over…) just to actually accomplish a connection or to help others out?

    The neat thing about online is it is and always has been a self-policing community. If we all make a point of making a point about what we do like that’s how things change and grow for the better.
    .-= Judith´s last blog ..Top 10 Domain Tips =-.

  • Hopefully this will be effective in combating the #1 complaint among the Twitter Community! After using Twitter for marketing (non-spam) and personal reasons, I was overwhelmed by the issue, to the point I’m pretty inactive at this point. This gives me new hope and a reason to dive back in!

  • “Hopefully this will be effective in combating the #1 complaint among the Twitter Community! ”

    All the other social media spam solutions this approach is modeled on failed miserably, since they only drove the spammers deeper into the fabric.

    Don’t get your hopes up too much. The next step is probably for Twitter to ban the SEO community (which seems to get itself thrown off of more social media sites than all other industries combined).
    .-= Michael Martinez´s last blog ..Why Brent Payne’s PageRank Sculpting report is bogus =-.

  • A great step my twitter! I find it really frustrating when I find I have new followers and go to check them out, only to find NewBaBy4You, or another obvious spam-related ‘member’.
    Now if only they weren’t allowed to join in the first place (but that would be perfect).
    .-= Luci´s last blog ..A picture may say a thousand words… but how can video help your SEO? =-.

  • I hope it works to cut down on the amount of spam. I seemed to get even MORE yesterday.
    .-= Dan London´s last blog ..Does Your SEO Company Care About Your Business…Or Theirs? =-.

  • thank you twitter ..

  • I hate seeing so much spam on Twitter. I only subscribe to a few feeds on there but see so much spam when I am searching for a particular topic that I get fed up and end up giving up looking.

    It will be good to see a company like twitter trying to rid itself of all this additional energy wasting material.

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