A letter to Twitter: Porn Spam Must Die

Dear Twitter,

I am writing to you on this steamy New England day to vent my frustration, annoyance and overall dismay at the increase in porn spam over the past two months. I joined Twitter on October 29, 2007, long before Oprah joined and spam bots found yet another channel to clog up with their crapola messages.

As Chris Brogan penned in his recent post on Twitter spam, “…This is less-than-useful. This is the kind of behavior that will encourage me to pull back my participation on the platform.” Amen, Mr. Brogan.

Even with all the celebrity hype, jump the shark commentary and bandwagoning going on, I am in the camp of people who happen to find Twitter useful and I Tweet on a pretty regular basis. For those of us who do find value in your service, you need to figure out a way to keep the spam out, especially the porn. If half of my followers in a day are named Ellie69 or HotChick87 with messages like: “Bored!add me: myspacecica69@hotmail.com”, I will quickly grow tired of blocking them and cleaning-up after their mess. It degrades the experience for avid Twitter users and is something you guys need to focus on, especially considering that most Twitter users never tweet and don’t follow anyone.

So, what’s it going to be Twitter? Do you care to invest the time, money and energy to ban the porn spam? Or, do you let it continue and watch your frequent users fall into the never-tweet abyss?

 

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