If there’s one thing I hate more than a bad Sylvester Stallone movie, it’s spam. Not the canned meat, but the kind of spam on Twitter.
I’ve been tweeting for only about a year, and since then I’ve seen the use of spam headlines, articles and links spread like a wildfire.
What is spam? Well, according to dictionary.com, spam is “disruptive messages, especially commercial messages posted on a computer network or sent as an e-mail”.
“It annoys me and provides false information that gullible users buy into,” says junior Taylor Funke. “I don’t like when it clogs up my entire feed and I have to literally scroll for ten minutes just to get past it.”
Spam obviously isn’t only found on Twitter. Spam e-mails invade our inboxes at any time of the day, sometimes even convincing us that our own family and friends recommended a product or service to try out.
We can find this persistent spam on websites with links leading us to sketchy and fraudulent websites, and if you aren’t a seasoned internet explorer, you may fall for their dirty tricks.
“Nowadays, so many people can retweet tweets that no one really wants to see,” says Red Lion graduate Ben Otte. “It doesn’t just have to be ads, it can be random tweets that I don’t care about.”
“With Twitter, you can’t really sort out what you want to see and what you don’t want to see. The only way you can sort it is by following and unfollowing accounts” says Otte.
We can all learn something from our experiences with spam, and that is that it’s better to just stay away from it. Do not click on it, ever; it is better to be safe than sorry.
If you ever have questions, you can receive help from Twitter’s “Help Center” under the “Reporting spam on Twitter” tab. #slamthespam