Twitter Blasted By Spam

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You might not have heard of this "marketing tool", but Twitter Blaster is helping to generate a fair few messages that have a distinctive spammy look about them.

Here's an example of a marketing scheme cooked up with the aid of said tool.

First, the hook:

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Over $5,000 of free stuff just for sending out a message on Twitter? Sign me up!

Hit the "Click Here" link, and you're taken to this:

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As you can see, you're asked to enter your Twitter login details and the message you'll send is displayed in the "Message" box. This particular promotion seems to change the message every few days. There's also a pre-ticked box to follow the person who set the campaign up on Twitter.

This is smart for a number of reasons. Firstly, the campaign owner can see at a glance a good idea of how many Twitter users have sent out his message. Secondly, he can then send those people messages about other promotions at a later date. I'm willing to bet the people who submit their details to these kinds of things are unlikely to untick the checkbox. Also:

"We promise that your details are NOT stored anywhere on our servers".


There is, of course, no way to know that for certain with any of these websites. Moving on, once you hit the "Download Now" button you're taken to a page full of offers and freebies (to be fair, the example given above seems to link to genuine offers, if a little drawn out and stuffed full of link clicking and hoop jumping) and your profile sends out something like this:

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Can't say I'd be hugely impressed if a contact sent me a message like that on Twitter. Are some (potentially useless) freebies worth losing a pile of followers?

Probably not. We'll likely take a look at Twitter Blaster itself in a future writeup...

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