Have you noticed that brand new Twitter spammer accounts don’t show any tweets?
I’ve been noticing that in spam accounts for a while now because that seems curious to me.
Then I noticed that #dominicanproblems was trending – and not just in Dallas Ft. Worth – for the entire United States and large numbers of individual U.S. cities too.
There were an unusually large number of spam tweets promoting Visa.
So I did these screen captures. This post is long because of the images, but you can quickly scroll through them all.
These show just some of the locations where @Dominicanproblems was trending:
I decided to see where else #dominicanproblems was trending. While it isn’t trending in every U.S. city it IS trending in a lot of places where there would not be high populations of Dominicans.
Doesn’t that seem like a strange topic to be trending in so many places where there are not very many Dominicans? Add to that this interesting finding:
WHY are there no tweets visible in spammer’s profiles?
In the screen capture below you can see the spam tweet for a VISA gift card in the left side but there are no tweets in the profile at all. When a profile is full of spam tweets going to the same URL or promoting a specific offer repeatedly, people like me report them for spam.
If you remove the tweets so we can’t decide whether they are spammers or not we won’t report them.
Does anyone believe that the spammers have
found a way to keep their tweets from showing
up on Twitter in their profiles?
I did a series of sequential screen captures so you can tell I took one Twitter user after another in order. I did not jump around or selectively pick out only what I wanted you to see.
This next screen capture shows that the next tweet done by a regular user shows that she has tweets in both the left side showing the Twitter stream AND in her Twitter profile shown on the right side.
Here is another example of a spam account showing a tweet in the Twitter stream but none in the profile:
While I suppose it is possible that spammers have found a way to send tweets into Twitter streams that do not appear in their profiles, it is more likely that Twitter is doing this internally as a way to generate income.