The last few days, I’ve had a number of strange followers show up on my Twitter account. Twitter sends me an email every time there is a new follower and I always check out the profile in case the new follower is someone I want to follow back.
The strange followers, however, were coming hot and heavy in more ways than one. The emails would give me what appeared to be a normal female name, nothing with numbers in it, which tends to be a dead giveaway for spam, but next to the name, the same name would repeat within parentheses, but have a random letter in the space between the names. This was very consistent, so this must have been a way for these particular accounts to fly under Twitter’s radar for a few days.
When I clicked the link to the supposed new follower, I’d be taken to her (all female names, mind you) Twitter page, where I’d find one tweet and a very strange avatar photo. The tweet would be a salacious invitation to text the gal. The avatar photo, when clicked upon, would reveal more info to text or contact the woman, plus a nude picture of said woman. Oh, yeah. Twitter porn. How nice.
I got a couple of these followers two days ago and nine of them yesterday. I blocked every one of them. I don’t blocked any old follower, but if I suspect accounts of being spammy, or violating Twitter’s terms of service, I don’t hesitate to use the blocking feature. When enough Twitterers block a suspicious Twitterer, Twitter gets the message and looks into the account.
Well, Twitter seemed to get the message right quick on these accounts because I got nine more of them today, but every one of them had already had their accounts suspended. Yay for the Twitter Foul Owl! “Mosey along now, nothing to see here.”