Twitter seems to have lost complete control of some spam

Aaarrrrggg … this is driving me crazy.  For over a month now I have been seeing 10-20-30 or more new followers a day on Twitter that are some sort of SPAM.

For example, a few minutes ago I looked at my most recent followers:

And when I look at them in more detail I see many of them are simply posting links to some SPAMMY sites at the domain “”.  For example


and many many many many more.  They are all like this with links to some spammy site at  It is so easy to identify these … but it is a pain.  Why can’t Twitter get a handle on this?   I mark them as SPAM – day after day after day.  And more come. Uggh.

Author: Jonathan Eisen

I am an evolutionary biologist and a Professor at U. C. Davis. (see my lab site here). My research focuses on the origin of novelty (how new processes and functions originate). To study this I focus on sequencing and analyzing genomes of organisms, especially microbes and using phylogenomic analysis

9 thoughts on “Twitter seems to have lost complete control of some spam”

  1. I used to run Twitblock – – occasionally to get rid of spam followers. However, there are now too many to deal with. I only block those that post @ replies to me.

    It amuses me when people boast about their follower count without realising that most are (a) robots (b) people who used Twitter once or (c) people you would rather not have as followers 🙂


  2. It's happening to me as well, I've been looking for a response by twitter but so far haven't seen anything. I'm worried because the number of spam followers from just keeps growing.

    I'm amazed that Twitter hasn't done anything about this problem yet.


  3. I have the same problem, on my personal account and on the account I manage for work. Both are completely separate and have very different subjects so I'm struggling to find out what's been the cause. It's getting to be a right pain!


  4. Same problem here as well. I had put my account on 'private' for a while, but that didn't stop them from sending requests. And that way, people couldn't retweet my tweets, which is a crucial part of the twitter experience. :s


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