# Saturday, 14 April 2012
Like a lot of folks on Twitter, I have a search column open that notices mentions of my name. It mostly catches spammers linking to places my books can be downloaded for free. But lately, there's been something weird:




Here's how that tweet looked originally (about two weeks earlier):



So the strange spam tweets:
  • Have one letter randomly removed
  • Have two letters randomly substituted
  • Lost the + in C++ and replaced with spaces (common when being passed through a URL)
  • Are using the exact same URL as before, so this isn't some weird attempt to be paid for clicks
  • Have usernames that appear to be random strings

So there's something going on here, something spammy, but I don't see how they benefit. Is it to dilute an otherwise all-spam stream with some "useful" links? Should I report them to Twitter? If anyone knows, please clue me in.

Kate


Saturday, 14 April 2012 13:48:34 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [1]
Saturday, 14 April 2012 17:50:11 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
I think mutating the tweet a bit would prevent it from being detected as duplicate.
Posting tweets of others would attract followers of particular topic.
Once you have enough followers you can occasionally post some link to them and get paid as on fiver http://fiverr.com/simplyjo/tweet-about-your-site-to-more-than-16000-followers-2-times
Profit!
Hasan Khan
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