Ban URL's for repeat spam offenders

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Many of the spam bots that are plaguing Twitter list their company's URL in their Twitter Profile (duh). In addition, many of their tweets include URL's that point back to that URL, often disguised with a URL shortening service such as TinyURL. Just today I received two New Follower notifications from spammers for this web site: http://www.the6figureteam.com. And there are many other cases where dozens of spam bots swarm Twitter and they all point to the same web site (ClickAudit.com was a recent offender). Twitter has been doing a much better job of deleting these spammer accounts more quickly but this does nothing to stop these malicious web sites from creating new spam accounts and repeating the offense. It's a game of Whack-A-Mole and it's a game that Twitter just can't win.

I think Twitter needs to keep track of the Profile URL's from the accounts that they are banning. After a certain number of bans (5? 10?), nobody should be able to enter that URL in their profile. This should be enforced when the Twitter account is first set up and when someone goes to edit their profile. In addition, nobody should be able to include these URL's in their tweets, even if they are using a URL shortening service.

I know that this type of tactic is hard to enforce because you're going to have people setting up false Twitter spam accounts as a way to sabotage their competitors. But their should be ways to prevent people from gaming it (e.g. check the IP address of the Twitter account to see if it matches).
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mdoeff

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Here's a blog post that is very worth reading: http://blog.forret.com/2008/07/twitte...

It includes details about the company behind the6figureteam.com. At the end of the post they make these suggestions:

- if a large number of new twitter accounts are created with the same URL in their profile: SPAM

- if they have almost no own updates, no followers, but they’re following 5000 other accounts: SPAM

- if the URL they refer to is a page full of ClickBank redirects: SPAM
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I just started blocking my followers from the6figureteam. I got fed up with the whole thing.
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Jay Cuthrell

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Spammers have responded in kind and now have the notion of at least a few entries rather than a URL in the Profile.

As part of the spy vs. spy escalation, I'd appreciate you taking a look at my idea as well http://gsfn.us/t/khp

Thanks!
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mdoeff

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Good idea. Hopefully Twitter will take a look at that.
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Eridanus

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Jay: I support your idea too, but still think Twitter should harvest the easy pickings as well. That 'the6figureteam' bot hasn't yet "responded in kind", but still spawns multiple 'users' that plague Twitter.
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Good idea. Equally plaguing is spam emails. The idea in the article is somewhat true. Agreed spam is resorted to get good SERP in Google and improve Pagerank.

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We should add Bill Crosby and his "Twitter Traffic Machine" spam to the list of obnoxious pyramid scheme spammers on Twitter.