I recently found out that I’ve been spammed by “twitter” and it took me by surprise, so I thought I’d post this so it doesn’t take you by surprise too!
So what does twitter spam look like? Last night I received this ‘direct’ message from one user who i’ve never got a message from before:-
“Hey some pHey some person is making really bad rumors about you… ow.ly/a9GXY (this link is deactivated – don’t copy it!)
My first response was – “wow that’s dodgy, better check out that link” – without taking a step back and thinking – “hang on a second, doesn’t this look like the kind of phrase that I sometimes see in my junk mail?”
The haste of clicking on the link in the message took me on a quick path to nowhere, but for some reason I had to sign in on my twitter account again (this is where I think the spamming device gets your password – in retrospect – doh!)
What did I do? I wrote back to the person who sent me the warning and said that I couldn’t open their link..
In the mean time I got similar messages to the one I just sent from other users saying things like, “Sorry, but I couldn’t open your link”
Then my LIGHT BULB switched ON!!
“I’VE BE SPAMMED!”
This morning when I check my emails – there are several more similar messages, but at least there was one from “twitter inc” that said;-
Twitter believes that your account may have been compromised by a website or service not associated with Twitter. We’ve reset your password to prevent others from accessing your account.
You’ll need to create a new password for your Twitter account. You can select a new password at this link: ..
So, in conclusion, I may not know much about this “twitter” but I’m glad that there are people who are on the case pronto in the management! Now my password has been changed and I’m up and running again – and hopefully I am no longer spreading the spam – so to speak!
My sincere apologies & condolences to those other people who have also been “twitter spammed” – but don’t worry, whilst it’s a bit unnerving, and a pain, it does pass.
Perhaps the moral of the story is “if you get a dodgy message”, resist the temptation to act/click, and ‘google’ it first before responding to the message. I hope that this blog post will help others who have such a message and don’t know what to do. Good luck!
Ps https://twitter.com/#!/spam is a very useful link to learn about the type of spam you might find on twitter!