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Twitter has filed a legal suit against five entities for selling tools that send out spam tweets and clog up its network. The suit names TweetAttacks, TweetAdder, and TweetBuddy, plus James Lucero of Justinlover.info and Garland Harris of Troption.com as its targets. In the legal filing, Twitter says that it has had to pour …

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How exactly are these tweets any different from the shilling worthless dross posted by actual people on a daily basis?

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if you can't answer your own question you haven't understood twitter. Get off it and be snobby about how much better you are ;)

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Indeed

When you see "RIP Jesus" trending on good friday, you can't help but admire the church for inventing botnets 2000 years before the rest of us. And as various people pointed out, didn't they read the ending?

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Y'know, I should be happier about this...

...except I can't stop thinking about all the "sponsored tweets" that have been infesting my feed lately. Whenever I see them, I report the poster for spamming -- because basically, that's what it is. The fact that I'm given a "dismiss" button to make them go away doesn't make it any less annoying.

Seems to me that Twitter is just pissed off about outsiders trying to muscle in on their racket.

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Now all Twitter needs to do is:

1) Get rid of porn bots;

2) Get rid of Follow-Back accounts;

3) Get rid of all marketers;

4) Remove harassers and defamers;

5) Stop automatically unfollowing followers;ss

6) Keep old DMs from popping on as if the are new;

7) Allow enough kb on the jpg for the background photo so it actually fills the background without tiling; and

8) Come up with a way that you can follow people to be polite but not actually have their tweets in your timeline.

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Anon,

1: Agreed, they are nowt but spam

2: Agreed, they are nowt but spam. It's very rare a followback person tweets anything more than followback shite.

3: Agreed, again spam.

4: Only the nasty ones, some of them tweet the goad the celebs but are quite funny and aren't nasty. It's also quite ammusing to see celebs losing the plot at them and tweeting death threats etc.

5: Agreed, this is the single most annoying bug on Twitter.

6: They need to fix it, but if you use a 3rd party app on your phone, you'll probably find it fixed in that.

7: Can't comment on this one as I've never been effected by it.

8: While you can't do it on the Twitter web site, nor in the official Twitter applications on phones, there are twitter apps for phones which allow you to mute people. This means you can be polite but not fill your timeline with crud and if they reply to you, you still get the reply in your mentions.

A couple of the best apps for IOS and Android which I've used which have this functionality are..

IOS - TweetLogix; (I use this now, done 15,000 tweets with it and it's superb, far more features and nicer to use than the Official Twitter app. I've tried all the Twit apps on IOS and this is by far the best IMHO YMMV)

Android - Twicca; (I used this one when on Android. Done 13,000 tweets with it before moving to IOS. It was my fav client and I settled on the above for IOS as it resembled Twicca the most from a functionality and usabillity point of view).

Dave

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P.s, I'm in no way shape or form associated with either of the two apps recommended in my last post, I just like(d) using them.

Dave

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Twitter more like twiddle..

I'm very surprised they didn't plug these problems earlier really.

Saying that really cannot see the point in a system like twitter "I had toast for breakfast" after reading tweets from "Bill Bailey" i started to get a bit worried about the user base :| but he was the only person i followed.. who's to judge!

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Twitter more like twiddle..

I'm very surprised they didn't plug these problems earlier really.

Saying that really cannot see the point in a system like twitter "I had toast for breakfast" after reading tweets from "Bill Bailey" i started to get a bit worried about the user base :| but he was the only person i followed.. who's to judge!

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AAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHGGGGGRRRR

"pour resources into its Trust and Safety team to try and stop spam"

No no no no no no no no no!

"I'm going to sand and paint this chair." - "I'm going to sand this chair and then paint it."

"The actress binged and purged." - "The actress ate everything in sight before blowing chunks."

"We had the Trust and Safety team try and stop spam." - WAIT!

Unless your end sentence is, "The trust and safety team tried spam, and then the trust and safety team stopped spam", then they did NOT "try and stop spam"! NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO

Please, for the love of god, people! This is a phrase used by people who switched from high school to a vocational program, and drive a backhoe for a living! They're wonderful people, I'm sure, but they have an *excuse* to not know about grammar, whereas you - as *journalists* - do not!

I swear to god, if I'm ever a dictator, the next time I see someone from the UK write "I'm going to try and..." without meaning what they're actually writing, I'm going to sail over, invade Britain, conquer it, and

when I am through, I will TRY AND EXECUTE those responsible! And that does NOT mean that I will ATTEMPT to execute them! It means that I will TRY them, and THEN -

- OK, I'll stop. Yeah. It's late. I'm tired. I know. That was a bit much. Maybe a lot. But, really. "Try and"? It wasn't even in a quote. Hey, it'll be Easter in 35 minutes. My son is three. My wife told him something about Jesus - I'm not sure why. He said, "We should have Jesus come for Easter!"

Well, he's gonna be free, right?

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First class. Can we have your opinion of people who maintain that they are 'bored of' stuff?

PS

A*H*G*R*? Really? Over here we would cry out like A*R*G*H*. Whatever.

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Re: "to not know about grammar"

But Sir feels free to split an infinitive?

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Re: AAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHGGGGGRRRR

That's a hell of a lot of words to say nothing.

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Re: "to not know about grammar"

"But Sir feels free to split an infinitive?"

It had it coming.

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Given that normal people understand the meaning of the sentence just fine, it rather begs the question why anyone should care about this minor grammatical error.

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Given peoples are normal do understand its meaning that of sentence, fine, (the question - why begs should: care about. Minor grammatical. Error;

That's why.

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Re: AAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHGGGGGRRRR

Perhaps I should of used the joke alert icon?

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Re: "to not know about grammar"

That's what Technology is for. We have infinitive splitters and participle accelerators, right?

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You're cruising for a bruising, Ru. I'll find you and diagram you. I know where you're at.

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Upvoted for an awesome display of apoplexy.

Now I'm going to bed and sleep.

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simples

Just remove all twitter accounts where the account name ends in a number.

This will remove 99% of spammers and any innocent victims who fall foul will already have demonstrated —by their inability to come up with a suitably different account name, when the one they wanted was already taken— that they are unlikely to post anything original anyway.

Everyone's a winner!

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Re: simples

You lost me at the word "where" in your post.

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Re: simples

I was right behind you up to the point you said "where"...

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Make them pay

Make them pay for all spamming and send them to prison.

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Re: Make them pay

As wonderful as it would be, I don't think that web sites are allowed to singlehandedly define criminal offenses and set prison sentences.

Goodness knows the population around -here- would probably be rather smaller were that the case.

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They filed suit...

The judicial system will determine the outcome.

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Lock 'em all up

Spam sucks in any form. Tweets might never have historical value but at least someone, somewhere wants to read them.

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Anonymous Coward

I like Twitter

It means I know what my crazy stalker is up to.

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I agree

Lock up all the Twits and Spammers.

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