Twitter: no privacy, choked with spam

Largely because I've come across a number of links suggesting how Twitter could be used in education (see below), I've been having another play with it — and frankly I'm not impressed.

Unless I've missed something, there seems to be a major privacy issue. Either spammers are forcing me to "follow" them or else Twitter itself has decided that I've got to follow a certain number of people, whether I'm interested in what they're twittering about or not. Within 24 hours, I found myself "following" (that is, receiving updates from) 24 people, only 3 of whom I'd actually chosen to follow, all of them with over 500,000 "followers".

The result? That when I log in, I am first forced to read the equivalent of junk email, and worse, have to choose to stop following each of the spammers individually, before I start to see the updates from people like Lance Armstrong (1.6m followers) that I am interested in.

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7 Comments

  1. And despite having taken the trouble to delete them all, they're back — all 25 of them.

  2. It clearly is a known issue which Twitter has so far been unable to solve.

  3. … or simply couldn't be bothered to, as they seem to have made no effort whatsoever to answer the hundreds of messages in that thread.

    I always judge tech companies by the quality not of their products but by the support they provide for them: big fat zero for Twitter.

    The solution, thanks to SquigglyElf, one of the users:

    (1) click the image of the spammer on your homepage
    (2) look, RHS of the spammer's apge, in grey, for the word "blocked" (yes, that's what you thought you'd done a dozen times already!!!)
    (3) UNblock them
    (4) Then block them again…

    And it seems to work…

  4. This The English Language Teacher's Guide To Twitter, by Kareene Sylvester, may also be of interest…

    Perhaps Twitter is of interest for staying in touch with developments coming from other teachers, for personal professional development, rather than for direct use with language students…???

  5. Dear Author http://www.ihes.com !
    I apologise, but, in my opinion, you commit an error. I can prove it.

  6. OK, sure, go ahead… Where's the error ,-)?

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