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Twitter Unfollow Practices: Spammers Are The New Inactives

When ManageFlitter and Crowdfire sat at the epicentre of Twitter follow management tools, usage of those apps helped spread a notion that one of the best targets for unfollowing was the inactive user. And the Twitter ‘manage’ apps made the process of following so-called “inactives” very, very simple.

But in January 2019, a range of Twitter unfollow apps, including both of the aforementioned, had their API access disabled by Twitter. This rendered the best known unfollow tools inoperable. And because these and other apps had such an enormous presence among Twitter users, the effective shutdown of their core functionality actually changed the Twitter landscape – even for those who never used them.

For example, you may recall that this time last year, if you went more than 30 days without updating your timeline, your mutuals would start to unfollow you. That was because ManageFlitter and its derivatives had an “Inactives” unfollow category, which used a 30-day filter to determine who was, or was not, still using Twitter. The implication was that app users should unfollow accounts in the “Inactives” category, and many did. Continue reading Twitter Unfollow Practices: Spammers Are The New Inactives

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Shadowban City: Why EVERY Twitter User Should Switch OFF Their Quality Filter

Twitter Quality Filter

The Twitter Quality Filter is an innocuous-looking selection in the Notifications tab of the site’s Settings suite. “Improves the quality of Tweets you’ll see”, it says. But that’s not all the Quality Filter does. What it actually does, is it shadowbans accounts that Twitter considers to be of low quality, within your personal space. That means when a “low quality” account follows you, you won’t see it in your followers list, and that could end up causing you problems.

Let’s say you’re followed by an account with views you find offensive. You want to block that account, right? Well, if you’ve left your Quality Filter in its default “on” state, and the offensive account does not meet Twitter’s quality threshold, you can’t block it, because you can’t see it in your Followers list. Continue reading Shadowban City: Why EVERY Twitter User Should Switch OFF Their Quality Filter

Reliable Ways To Cut Out Link Spam in a Twitter Search

Link Spam and Unwanted Advertising

As social sites have increasingly deployed cute algorithms to feed us what they want us to see (as opposed to what we actually asked for), it’s become almost essential for the serious reader to adopt a more proactive approach than the simple policy of ‘follow and wait’.

The online advertiser’s Holy Grail is to make us think we’re reading what we personally selected, whilst actually feeding us a substantial mix of ‘recommendations’ and ads. Some companies are better at this than others. Google does it best, keeping the consumer feeling free and unmanipulated. Twitter definitely does not yet have the art that conceals the art. If you let Twitter into the driving seat, it’ll probably take you to Hell. But if you seize the controls, you can get just as insightful an experience from Twitter as you can from Google. Twitter’s real user controls lie in its search capability. Continue reading Reliable Ways To Cut Out Link Spam in a Twitter Search

Direct Message Read Receipts: Another Desperate Mistake For Twitter?

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Essential modernisation. A good way to demonstrate that you’re proactively ignoring someone. A stalker’s charter… These are some of the reactions to Twitter’s introduction, on 8th September 2016, of Read Receipts for Direct Messages. Although Tweeps can opt out, Twitter automatically opted users into the new system without warning, consent, or in many cases, even knowledge.

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Why Junk and Spam Email Folders Are a Brainwash

Email Spam Junk Folder

Why do we actually need a Junk email folder? Hmmm… Stupid question, right? The Junk folder separates all that annoying spam from the stuff we want to read. It’s the dustbin into which the useless rubbish is dumped. Consequently, the Junk folder is entirely necessary. Or is it?… Continue reading Why Junk and Spam Email Folders Are a Brainwash

Twitter Has Lost The Plot

Twitter Intro and Signup Screen

You’ll have noticed that the title is not phrased “Has Twitter Lost The Plot?”, in keeping with the usual style of this blog. It’s a much more assertive “Twitter Has Lost The Plot”. I promised myself that I’d keep this blog vaguely professional and would not get my knickers in a twist over take-it-or-leave-it facets of the Internet. But I can no longer persuade myself that there’s some kind of logic to what Twitter is doing. The site has, quite seriously, lost the plot… Continue reading Twitter Has Lost The Plot

List Spammers: Twitter’s Great Unpunishables

List Spamming Morons

Let’s face it, spam is the very definition of Twitter, but most types of Twitter spam can be combatted. The majority of spamming ploys carry significant risk for the spammer, and are easily penalised, directly, by the recipient. For instance, you can unfollow someone who spams you with Direct Messages. Or you can report a spam tweet, which can, if enough other users do likewise, see the perpetrator’s account suspended. You can even Mute users whose tweets are annoying and/or of no value.

But List spam is different. It slips under the radar, evading penalty, and Continue reading List Spammers: Twitter’s Great Unpunishables