Sunday, August 03, 2014

How To Spam Twitter And Why

Twitter spam

This is not another annoying article or story about what to do about twitter spam, how to avoid it, or how to report it. No, not at all. This is about how to spam Twitter and why, and how it works. I think it's much more educational to know the how's, why, and what's rather then the same old copy and pasted reporting of how evil spam is.

Who can benefit from this blog post of mine? Every one. Spammers, marketers, and the general public who get spammed.

WHY? The first question we need to address is why spam twitter in the first place? Because it has a very large broad user base. It’s quick, easy, and inexpensive and the turn over is pretty good if you have a decent product or service.

HOW? How to spam twitter is a bit more complicated as there are different techniques and everyone seems to have their favorite method. The most common ways is to create a number of “disposable” accounts. This can be done manually or fully automated with software. You will need unique emails for each account, so therefore you also need to manually or automate the email creation process as well.

Once your accounts are created you need to nest them for about 5 days. Auto-post or manually post, retweet, reply just general bull  shit stuff that has nothing to do with your product or service. This accomplishes two main things. Trust factor in twitters software, and more followers too. You can then start spamming using popular hashtags, keywords, or you can do it the old fashion way. Continue to build your followers base a bit longer then spam. Or you can use direct messaging too. Each has pros and cons. Obviously you won’t be nearly as successful if you do all this manually. It really needs to be fully automated with bots and you need 100’s of disposable accounts. You also need to have a dedicated server somewhere that can switch IP’s for each account.  On a manual level, you won’t be able to handle as many accounts or actions which will greatly reduce your traffic and or profit.

WHAT? This is really a stupid question but some people ask it any way. What do you get out of spamming? Spammers are spamming to either redirect mass instant traffic to a sales page or service, or to phish for accounts to hack. The phishing aspect of it is really very dark and blackhat. Usually this happens from people in one of the Arab countries, Israel, India, China, and even Russia. Americans won’t phish as the laws are seriously heavy and it’s easier to catch phishers in the US and Canada.

This was just a brief intro. Depending on the response or interest I may follow up with more detailed coverage. So leave a comment!