Accidentally in Code

What Constitutes Spam on Twitter?

Posted on: October 12, 2009

I don’t know if this is particularly harsh, but I consider anyone who regularly promotes the same website without declaring an affiliation to be a spammer. Sometimes a well-disguised spammer, kudos to that, but a spammer nevertheless. Note – this doesn’t include people promoting their blog on Twitter. I tweet posts from my blog that I consider to be particularly important, but by no means all. I figure if people were that interested, they’d be subscribing to my RSS feed. But I digress.

Yesterday I was followed by @emmily67. As of now is following 2,001 and has 1,222 followers. She’s tweeting amusing little things like “Marriage is a relationship in which one person is always right, and the other is a husband.“, and “Life would be easier if you could mark people as spam“. Four of her links are the same site as the one in her bio, though, and some of the amusing phrases seemed to be running on repeat. So I, ah, marked her as spam.

However I’m interested in these kinds of Twitter users because I want to graph them (if you have any examples of this, let me know). So here’s hers:

@emmily67's Twitter Conversation NetworkWhat do you think? Does this constitute spam? Or is it legitimate albeit self-promoting?


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