Automated direct messages on Twitter

Posted on July 06, 2009

I’m a bit over the amount of spam I receive through Twitter’s messaging system. I get a fair number of direct messages every day and most of them are automated. I do read them all in case someone sends me a genuine message.

It shouldn’t be to hard for Twitter to detect automated messages, they could give me an option to block messages that have been send out more then ten times by a single user (I could create an application to do this myself but simply don’t have the bandwidth to handle that many messages, it would need thousands of active users to be effective).

Instead, I created a Twitter app to report users who send auto DMs to. Just tweet “@stopautodm @username” and they will be placed on the Hall of Shame. Perhaps at some point I could add an option to automatically unfollow the most reported users.

Website: elbertf.com/stopautodm
Twitter: @stopautodm

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Comments (4)

  • Neat idea. Could this be abused by competing spammers? For example, could one spamface selling spampies report her competitor spamfaces who are also selling spampies?

    Posted by Tim Cinel on July 21, 2009 Reply

  • Spammers reporting spammers would great, hopefully we'll end up with no spam at all. :)

    Posted by ElbertF on July 21, 2009 Reply

  • Neat idea. Could this be abused by competing spammers? For example, could one spamface selling spampies report her competitor spamfaces who are also selling spampies?

    Posted by Tim Cinel on July 22, 2009 Reply

  • Spammers reporting spammers would great, hopefully we'll end up with no spam at all. :)

    Posted by ElbertF on July 22, 2009 Reply

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