Nearly a million users, and no spam or trolls

by Volker Weber

Russell makes a good observation:

Think about any other online community system ever created - from Usenet to The WELL, IRC to Slashdot to Digg. All of them have had to deal with the core problem of idiots on the Internet. Slashdot's extended karma system, or IRCs multiple moderation commands, Digg's diggs, etc. are all about filtering out the assholes. It's a fact - anytime a virtual group gets to a certain size, the morons come and start doing their best to disrupt, defraud or degrade the audience.

Twitter, however, has almost a million members, a thriving community, lots of discussions and yet doesn't have spam or troll issues. If you step back for a second and think about it, that's pretty amazing.

I don't use Twitter nearly as much as I should.

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Why do you feel you "should" use Twitter?

Thomas Gumz, 2008-02-28

Unfortunately there is spam in twitter. Spam accounts who are following you. And you be flattered by this and reply by clicking on the "follow" button. Bad mistake. Watch out for accounts with a very high number of accounts who they are following and a very low number of followers. Read this (in German).

Cem Basman, 2008-02-28

Thomas, because I find it useful. Cem, just un-follow.

Volker Weber, 2008-02-28

I did, Volker. It's frightening to see those spam accounts rise within a short time...

Cem Basman, 2008-02-29

Cem: Read what? (missing web address)

Thomas Griesbaum, 2008-02-29

@Thomas:

http://sprechblase.wordpress.com/2008/02/26/spamaccounts-in-twitter/

Cem Basman, 2008-02-29

Only follow those you know / know of. Simple!

I have truly got into Twitter this last week. It’s low impact, and the pleasant bumbling along in my Twitterific window hits the sweet spot for me. I have taken up and dropped a lot of things over the past year (hello Facebook), but I think Twitter will stay.

Ben Poole, 2008-02-29

Just got a mail this morning that "goobama" is following me. Political spam ;-)

I like Twitter and it was the pioneer of a new category of web services. But I think it's overhyped and that Pownce is the weapon of choice instead. But maybe they're already too late to the game (even if Digg's Kevin Rose is behind it).

Thomas Cloer, 2008-03-02

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