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Top Twitter Spammers Still Going Strong

Since they’ve blocked me on Twitter I can’t get an on-going look at the output of Chris Brogan and Guy Kawasaki, but a quick check-in from a different account reveals to distinctly different approaches to Twitter Spam.

Go check it out for yourself and see what you think.

Here’s what I noticed.

Guy Kawasaki has become click-baiter extraordinaire. Mixed in with 100 or so “funniest video of squirrel” type posts are his original value posts about social media or marketing. But they are usually not original thoughts, just retweets of social media sources. He’s lost all tether to the great brand he was. His 1.47 m followers on Twitter are merely a clickstream.

Spend any time on his feed and you’ll see he’s a bit like the National Enquirer and Buzzfeed wrapped together. And it’s a fact that the man himself is not behind the tweets, no he’s got a staff of tweeters. Not an issue, I guess, if you have become a bot rather than a human. I guess the Real Guy Kawasaki doesn’t have time for Twitter any more. Oh well, what a loss.

Chris Brogan is still repeating and repeating and repeating. And while I’m sure his “offers” and “contests” are good, I’m sure they’re not that good. I think Chris does actually do his own tweets. And mixed in with his repeats

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are also these type of narcissistic questions.

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I guess that’s funny. And 7 people loved it, so who am I to critique?

And in the real world we’ve all got to make a living. So perhaps Mr. Brogan and Mr. Kawasaki are really showing us how it’s done. Errr. Wait. Do you really think either of these behaviors are honest and providing value? Or are they promo-bots? Mere shadows of their former selves? In Kawasaki’s case, he’s not even attached to this account any more. At least Brogan occasionally tosses in an original tweet to mix it up, even if they illuminate his self-importance.

These guys are kings of social media. They’ve written the book on being a Trust Agent and doing marketing right. And yet they fail to follow their own advice. Too bad for all of us.

Read all my posts tagged with Chris Brogan and Guy Kawasaki

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Does Twitter Even Have a Business Plan?

Buying Twitter Followers? What Are These Scammers Doing?

BS Offer to Sell You Twitter Followers
click to see full screen or download – slideshare.net

 

Okay, let’s think about this. Ms. Azad is offering to SELL me 10,000 Twitter followers? Um, then why does she only have 596 followers? If she knows, or can control a huge block of Twitter bots to follow paying customers, why wouldn’t she save her self some time and do this spammy recruiting from an account with 100,000 followers or so?

One reason is, when a certain number of Tweeters REPORT and BLOCK Ms. Azad this account will be dead and she will have to make a new one. A new one takes about 30 seconds to create. And following 800 unsuspecting noobs on Twitter, a few more minutes.

Question: How fast can you click a follow button 800 times? There are people in foreign countries who are getting paid poorly to do just that.

So the attractive Ms. Azad is a spammer. She’s trying to get your money and sell you a stream of zombie Twitter accounts to follow you or your business. I guess it would look good on your resume to have 12,000 Twitter followers. “Wow, this guy must really know social media.”

BUT it doesn’t and it won’t and you shouldn’t.

1. Fake followers are easy to spot. A huge number of fake followers will get your account banned.

2. Fake followers do not increase your engagement. A zombie follower does increase your number by 1. However the real measure of Twitter is how influencial your tweets are. If you tweet to 10,000 zombie following accounts. Guess how many of them are going to visit your link or retweet your tweet? ZERO. Because they are not there. There is no one behind the follow.

3. Giving any financial information to spammers opens your information up to a lot more incidious scams than selling you Twitter followers. Think identity theft, bogus charges, and global distribution of your credit card numbers. All, bad consequences.

So what you do, when you see these types of accounts in your followers: REPORT and BLOCK them. It will flag them to Twitter that they might be potential spammers. It will remove them from your followers, reducing your number by 1. (frown) But maybe, Ms. Azad will be slowed down from spamming the next unsuspecting Twitter user.

Twitter is great. It’s also full of scams and spammers. Don’t feed them. Report them.

You can download this presentation from Slideshare.net: Buy Twitter Followers: The Bad & Ugly Truth

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