Twitter’s Newest Problem: Hashtag Spam
No one likes spam. Get rid of that filthy flim-flam.
No matter whether it’s email, social media or snail mail, you can hear someone’s eyes roll when they encounter the nasty trash.
Social media sites have been battling it for a while. Twitter has had an up-and-down relationship keeping spam accounts at bay.
A growing problem
But the trend on Twitter has been for spammers to target hashtags. And during this past week, I saw that firsthand quite a few times.
It’s time for Twitter to make this priority No. 1.
Why it’s top priority
Users can block and report spam accounts, but it’s disruptive when hashtags are targeted.
Normally, users are having conversations or chats on those hashtags, so spammers block the flow of those conversations. And the time it would take to block and report all those spam accounts while in the middle of a chat? No thanks.
Room for complaints?
One argument I’ve seen often is that Twitter, like other social media sites, is free, so we shouldn’t have to worry about complaining. Remember: It’s free.
To a point, I agree. But the amount of spam that I saw in hashtags in the past week speak against that point.
Some complaints need to be aired.
— Stephanie Myers (@Stephan52776784) August 15, 2012
— Meghan Carden (@MeghanCarden1) August 15, 2012
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