Joined: 03 Nov 08
09 Jul 09 1:21 am
The affiliate link is embedded in the short URL conversion. Automated tools of this type are nothing more than Twitter spam. Here's one I caught on Twitterdeck today:
Location: Miami, Florida
Time Zone: Hawaii
Joined: Wed 01 Jul 2009 14:51
This member (spammer) had to add 200 people he's following each day for a week. Now he's spamming 700 people a day, who's only option is to block him or not follow.
These kinds of software tools identify Twitter members who don't follow back and drop them, but the tactic is nothing better than telemarketing or email spam. Twitter users must either turn off auto acceptance of new followers (not recommended by Twitter and others) or block spammers once they're following.
I wrote a blog post on best practices using Twitter:http://im-mobile.com/tag/social-media/