January 19, 2011 12:19 PM Subscribe
Twitter follow-bots: I don't get it.
posted by ctmf to Technology (10 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
There was a similar question in July, but rather than piggyback on that, here's a new one:
I guess I don't get what the spammers get out of this. They don't get to spam me directly, since I'm not following them. Do people really have auto-follow-back bots that they're trying to trick? Seems like they'd get one message out before even those people blocked them.
In most cases I've noticed, these nothing-but-spam feeds seem to have over a thousand followers - how is that possible? I have noticed that lately all of them are fairly new, with about six tweets which are obviously a series of blindly cut/pasted sentence from some wikipedia article, then the spam urls start rolling, all on the same day.
Are they hoping that if they get a bunch of followers, they can then sell ad space like a magazine? I can see how TCOT would hope they'd stumbled on someone who will follow them, but the straight-up spam url generators - there's no content. I just don't understand how they think that's going to work.
Should I even bother blocking them? What are they getting out of following me if I don't follow them back?