When I first joined Twitter, I was pretty lost. I figured out the hard way that whenever you mention an iPod, you will be spammed for the next twenty minutes with links to questionable music sites and “free” iPods. Those quotes are there for a reason, people.
I try to avoid spam triggers because of how relentless they can be. Plus it’s not fun to accidentally click on a link and then have your computer lock up while your antivirus software freaks out from an overload of malicious programs. Until Twitter makes it so you can prevent link spamming, you’ll have to do with being careful when using the following words:
1. iPod. As I mentioned, this, iTunes or iPad will bring on a lot of spam links.
2. Computer. Same as above. I tend to write this as comp uter. They’ll never crack that code.
3. Movie. More links, this time involving SHOW TIMES NEAR YOU!!!1!
4. Blog. You usually get offers to earn a living blogging from home. Now I’m not saying this can’t be done. I’m just saying it’s highly suspect when a company pretends to be a person to have a Twitter account and send a link whenever a word is mentioned.
Finally, there are bots that will tweet a quote at you if you mention a certain movie/TV show. Unlike the above, these bots aren’t really malicious. They don’t send out links or even follow anyone. They just quote from their subject, I guess so followers can go “Ah! I remember that episode!” It’s amusing if you like the show but kind of gets tedious after a while.
Overall, these are kind of the Seven Words You Can’t Say On Twitter. Except there isn’t seven. And unlike the list of words you can’t say on television, this list you technically can say (or tweet, rather). It just attracts a lot of offers begging you to AcT NOww or loose This great oportunity.
Have you ever been bothered by spammers? Any words you’ve noticed that attract spam?