Twitter Spam Down?
I don’t know what to make about this recent report from PC Magazine online telling us that twitter spam is starting to be a little bit more manageable than it used to be. Well, when I say that I mean more like it is “way down and counting,” according to twitter itself. I hate to be somebody who does the corporate line, because I enjoy twitter for so long, but I do feel like it is probably a little bit too premature to start saying that spam is way down and that there is absolutely no way that twitter will be a victim of it in the future.
Things to Remember about Spammers
I think there is one thing that we have to remember about spammers, and that is that they are relentless. You have to remember that the reason why they even consider spam as a medium is because it is free and because it enables them to get in touch with millions of people at the click of a mouse. Obviously, even though you think that it is possible that you are cutting down spam (in the article it says it was cut from a high of 11% down to 1% in February) you have to remember that the spammers simply learn from the techniques you are using against them, and go on from there. This is not something that is bound to change soon, because the spammer continues to evolve just like regular humans continue to evolve.
The difference is that, much like cockroaches, they have a will to survive that is unmatched by any other human being. These people are crazy but that is only because people actually buy their crappy products which means that their profit margins on this kind of marketing is easily 100%. When you can do that day in and day out and every once in a while run into a speed bump where twitter tries to stop you, you’re going to do it again and again and twice on Sunday.
I am not saying that twitter is not absolutely effective when it comes to busting spammers down to vermin that they are; what I am saying is that the battle has just begun. Until we live in a world without Viagra or açai berries or workouts that will allow me to lose 200 pounds in less than two weeks, we will always be dealing with spam. It’s just a fact.