So many people have told me that I should have a Twitter account and, for various reasons, I’ve stopped short at actually doing this. The temptation to respond to negative tweets with an equally negative comment that I might regret is always present—Alec Baldwin is a good exampleJ.

A recent spam report pointed out that Twitter had the largest underground economy for buying and selling fake followers. Apparently there is a whole seedy underbelly to Twitter that most people knew nothing about. It’s has been described as the shadowy Twitter follower black market with shifty websites and Twitter accounts offering thousands of followers or retweets for just a few dollars for each transaction.

Twitter has ended the Auto Follow in the best interest of its users with a blog post quietly announced the change just before the July 4 holiday.

To learn more about it click on Tech Crunch.

Click on the link Underground Twitter Economy to read the article about the buying and selling of fake followers.

If you’re planning to open a Twitter account be sure to read “The Basics on Keeping Your Account Secure” before you start tweeting.


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5 Comments on Why Twitter finally killed the “Auto Follow” for good

  1. Carole-Anne says:

    This is an interesting blog post. Thanks for the information. I understand why you might feel hesitant about joining Twitter. I’ve been close to overreacting to idiots more than once.

  2. Wil Minty says:

    Sandy, Thanks for passing this one along. I had no idea. Couldn’t help smiling at the Baldwin comment. Heard he had shut down his account. Wouldn’t be surprised if he changes his mind when he realizes how effective it his.

  3. Mary M. says:

    Thanks for passing this along. I enjoy your techie information as much as the history and genealogy because it’s always relevant.
    More please.

  4. Georgie says:

    Thanks for this news. There are to many rip off these days. It’s good that Twitter cut it off. I agree with Mary. More of this type of information would be great.

  5. Tin Lizzie says:

    Every time we log on to the Internet it’s open season for folks live to rip you off. Am glad Twitter shut this one down.

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