…why you should allow yourself a waking up period before clicking on links in Twitter messages, as happened with me this morning. I don’t normally mind a bit of spam as it can sometimes be quite amusing, but in this case the spam was also directed to all of my followers on Twitter, to whom I sincerely apologise.
The original link came in a direct message from a follower who asked me to follow a link. The link address included the word “Instagram”, and in my early morning haze I clicked and was taken to a site which directs new followers to your Twitter Account. Thinking that this was merely one of those hoops you have to jump through in order to reach the final destination, I allowed access to my Twitter account and was asked to wait a few minutes while the system did it’s work. When it completed, I was still no closer to Instagram than I was at the beginning.
However, on returning to Twitter, I was horrified to find that a link to the same site in a direct message had been sent to each and every one of my followers and I hope they read this before following the link.
Maybe the person was trying to be helpful and assist me to grow my list of followers, but that isn’t the way I work. My list has slowly grown organically over many months without using tools to artificially increase the numbers and I have no reason or need to boast about how many followers I have on Twitter or anywhere else. It isn’t about numbers for me.
I haven’t been caught out like that for a long, long time and I’ve probably become a bit complacent. It shows that you can’t be too careful. The worst thing is that, in this case, my Twitter account was used to send messages to people on a list within the account, and I apologise once again to them.
Spam and humble pie today so far. I wonder whats for dinner.
more to come…
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