Tweetback Spam

January 20th, 2009 1 Comment   Posted in Web Apps

ts logo Tweetback SpamOkay, it looks like I jumped on the Tweetback bandwagon a little early.  In the last few days, one of the blogs I installed the TweetBacks WordPress plug-in on received over 1500 spam tweetbacks.  I was forced to delete the plug-in for now.  I also had it installed on this blog, but did not receive a spam attack here for some odd reason (lower PR/traffic on this blog, perhaps?).  Anyway, I’ve now installed TweetSuite, which at this point doesn’t seem to be as susceptible to Tweetback Spam.  It’s been a while since WordPress spam was a serious problem because of plug-ins like Askimet that do such a great job of blocking comment spam.  It’s easy to forget that the spammers are almost always two steps ahead of any new technology.  Hopefully, TweetSuite will be a better solution.

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TweetBacks

January 9th, 2009 5 Comments   Posted in Web Apps

tb logo1 TweetBacksThe Twitter service has slowly grown on me in the last year or so.  At first, I didn’t see what all the hype was about.  I hate text messages with a passion (heck, it took me years to even warm up to the concept of cell phones).  Then, I started using the service to promote articles from the newspaper I was working at in early 2007.  Eventually, I even came to love the service for uses beyond marketing, mainly as a way to keep up with my favorite blogs and news sites that was superios to RSS.  I still don’t receive my Twitter alerts as text messages, but I do receive them in Firefox via TwitterFox and on my Ipod Touch when I load Twitterific.  I find these methods less intrusive than text messages, although if I upgrade to an iPhone this year, I could see setting up a separate Twitter account following far fewer contacts and enabling the text message alert feature of the service.

The simple fact is, more and more people are jumping on the Twitter bandwagon these days, and it’s become one of the main tools for sharing links, status updates, and other small bits of information with friends and colleagues.  This is called micro-blogging, and it’s a lot easier to keep up with than writing traditional blog posts like this one on a regular basis.  However, when we do manage to make a blog post, we want to keep track of who is sharing it, correct?  This used to be done by trackbacks but as more people are sharing links via Twitter than their own websites, it’s created the need for a new service, TweetBacks.  Dan Zarella, a social and viral marketing scientist, has invented this service and a useful new WordPress plug-in that takes advantage of it, which I’ve enabled here on my blog.  It will be interesting to see if I get any TweetBacks in the coming months.

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