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In the world of fighting spam, there are LOADS of non-solutions.
Here is a particularly interesting one. It is called ‘Twerpscan‘ and it proclaims itself the spam control over marketing people for Twitter.
According to this person, one need only be able to figure out the ratio of following to followers to decipher whether someone is a marketing spammer, and he has decided the cut-off point for following is 1,000.
Notice, however, that he asks people to ‘follow’ him- if this takes off, he hopes to end up with more followers than those he’s following in order to get loads of links for his other enterprises, whatever they are.
This is just as much a manipulation of twitter as any other.
There are thousands of ways to use twitter that may get your follow to followers ratio way out of balance.
In my case I follow close to 4500 people. I never expected all of those people to follow me.
Given what I’m doing on the internet, there are certain individuals who’s work and activities interest me. I follow them and do not expect them to follow me unless they want to.
I follow ALL the news services. Why would any news services follow me?
I follow ALL the politicians and campaign offices. They’re not going to follow me either. In fact, the only one who has done so is Barak Obama’s but I’m SURE he never reads his twitter follows- he’s much too busy on the campaign trail.
There are lots of travel people that I follow. They’re much too busy travelling to follow me, who hasn’t (and won’t be) on a trip for some time.
I get all the feeds from every government office that has one that interests me.
I follow all the Squidooers I can find.
I follow all the internet gurus, including marketing ones, whether I like them or not.
I follow others like Uncle Fester, Darth Vader, Will Wheaton and so on. Why would they follow me?
Dealing with spam is best done as a community effort. Arbitrary ‘standards’ have nothing to do with reality.
Good luck self-appointed ‘twerpscam police’. I hope you get lots of followers so that your ratio is more to your liking!