Twitter Abuse

June 25th, 2009 | Categories: blogs, content, networks, social media, trends, web issues

Twitter abuse is now a pandemic - at least in my mind. People are recklessly using of this micro-blogging application, often without a purpose or goal in mind. This is one of the main reason I don’t use the service as much as I used to. The concept of value has become lost among a sea of thoughtless, frenzied tweets.

I think it is fair to say that Twitter is now mainstream. Along with Facebook, YouTube, Flickr, and a few others, Twitter can be classified among the web’s social media elite. With this fame also comes noise. Many Internet users and companies are jumping on the bandwagon in an attempt to profit from this new trend. In other words, the uneducated have been let loose with tweet fever. It’s like giving a gun to a child - instant chaos.

When I do check Twitter, I passively parse through the latest tweets, rarely clicking on a single item. In addition, I’ve become desensitized to most users who tweet more than 10-15 times a day and I usually skip over their messages. These users eventually get deleted. Honestly, I think that 5 tweets a day (at most) should suffice.

Twitter has become a true time sink. Use it diligently and don’t get caught up in the hysteria - excess time on Twitter kills productivity. We only have a certain amount of time in our day - use this time wisely. My recommendation is to only use it occasionally to ask a question, get advice, or inform your followers. Don’t be a hypocrite though. Tweet less often, but pack it with value. After all, you don’t want your followers becoming to desensitized to your tweets.

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,


  1. michael arrington Says:

    hahah, whhhhat? Where have you been?

    “…without a purpose or goal in mind.”
    “…sea of thoughtless, frenzied tweets.”
    “Twitter has become a true time sink.”
    “…the uneducated have been let loose with tweet fever.”
    “It’s like giving a gun to a child - instant chaos.”
    “…Twitter kills productivity.”

    That IS what Twitter is for, all about, it’s CORE. The heart of the beast IS thoughtless narcissism time sink waste of life.

  2. Aidan Says:

    I would have to disagree. Twitter could be very powerful and useful if people knew how to use it effectively. Instead, individuals choose to abuse it and disrupt the system.

    Twitter has morphed beyond its original intent. The beast can’t be controlled. We can only try to contain it…


  3. BWI Says:

    Glad to hear you figured it out. If you watch the public timeline, over 25% of all tweets are just links. If you look at all the RT’s it simply makes me sick. A RT? Really? That 140 character tweet was so good that you RTed it again? To me, that is just tweeting to make noise so others know you alive.

    Twitter has peaked, and it is no fault to the abusers. It’s fault of the developers in not developing a solid business plan prior to site development. Users don’t know what to do with Twitter. They just use it because it’s fun to say, the media liked it a few months ago, and some social media guys said it’s great.

    You post is what a lot of people feel right now, and Twitter needs to be prepared for a big let down. Get new visitors is easy for them. Getting visitors that tried it and got turned off…good luck.

    Final note to Twitter’s doom…They are not developing it fast enough. What major improvement has Twitter really done. Added lists? FriendFeed and Facebook already do that. Show a list of what is currently popular? A TON of sites already do that. Taking a quick look at Twitter to see what else…and sadly that is it. Twitter is over in my book. I use Friendfeed, and simply allow it to CC stuff to my Twitter account, and once in a while my 4,000 Twitter followers click on it.

  4. I am so not saying my name Says:

    I was hoping this would be about the *Real* abuse that’s going on on Twitter - I’m googling search terms, hoping to find that it’s being blogged about because Twitter does nothing to stop it (they suspend the wrong people, while they allow the abusers to continue).

    There are users whose sole purpose is to troll (seek out other users purely for the purpose of harassment), attack, intimidate, and threaten. Most of these get suspended for a week or a month, and then they settle down. However, one user in particular has now opened multiple accounts with “hatin” in the name, and trolls people in order to harass, abuse, and threaten them to varying degrees. He has a “hatin” website, where he “features” a particular “hater” or “haters” of the the week. He claims that he is doing good by weeding out these haters and making them public…follow his and his victims’ twitter streams for a week or two, and you’ll see how much “good” he’s doing.

    Often the threats have to do with publicly featuring the harassed user on this “hatin” website, and lately have had to do with bringing legal action against anyone who tries to stop them in a variety of ways. Now he’s calling it a “business”, no doubt to get around some rules or laws.

    This user has publicly tweeted, and posted on blogs online, that they have “contacts” at Twitter, and that their main account at Twitter is in a “protected” status. When asked about these remarks later, he denies them and deletes them if he can find them (but we have screencaps). When complaints are made to Twitter about this user, at first a brief suspension occurred (a few hours, the longest was less than 48 hours; Twitter’s usual suspension periods are a week or a month), but now nothing happens when the user is reported for abuse. The person making the report is told to read the Rules and that Twitter doesn’t moderate content.

    Yet other users have been suspended for far less than this person is doing, with Twitter citing an arbitrary “rule” that isn’t even stated in the official Rules - called “abuse of the @ reply feature”. That really means simply that you’ve tweeted to someone who didn’t ask you to tweet to them, and Twitter’s decided to moderate your content in your case.

    Users are starting to leave Twitter. At first they naively think Twitter will help protect them from the abusers, but they don’t understand or really believe the “protected” status of this abuser. He has “friends”, mostly female, who jump on his bandwagon, and together they bully and intimidate the heck out of people, to the point that they begin to fear for their and their families’ safety.

    I won’t name anyone, but since this sounds rather too ridiculous to believe, here is the website. He does monitor IP addresses and has used them & email addresses to intimidate people, so if your IP address can be traced to you, use a proxy to view the site: The various “members of the wrecking crew” are listed there, along with their friendly faces. He makes it easy for you to follow them on Twitter and see what they’re up to.

    In the past week or two he’s ratcheted back on the hateful attacks considerably, which is why now there are multiple members to attack people. I know all of this to be true because I know this abusive person and his wife (who sometimes fills in on one of the “hatin” accounts).

  5. ck web Says:

    wow, I’ve heard of starting controversy through blogging, but this is a little inprecedented. Since when has mainstream become so negative in the e-world? After all, tech-geeks have never been mainstream and now they are getting their spotlight, they are turning and running! Twitter has become such a networking and information tool, that even “mainstream” can get the hang of it very quickly. And, please do not forget what mainstream means, it means millions upon millions of eyes, which means millions and millions of clicks, which means millions and millions of dollars. Less we forget why the internet was created in the first place, so create a smaller world, and be more connected. Well, its working.

  6. Bonnie Says:

    When one company/person creates several 9 - 10 twitter accounts and post the same link over and over and over. Abusive. Those of us looking at that keyword are spammed by these accounts and have to sort through much chaff to get any real results. This is especially true in markets that are very defined and not heavily tweeted about or searched.

    I guess there isn’t much we can do about it. Or is there?

  7. Athul Says:

    I am a new reader of you :) Liked you so much

  8. Dorian Says:

    Hello Henry
    If you ever tried to report an abuse to twitter you will have noticed that the only way is to create an twitter account. I think this is verry rude. I have received an scam invitation to twitter with an link to a pishing page on twitter. Since this wasn’t the first time i decided to report this user. The unpleasant surprise was when i browsed twitter to find some email for abuse reporting. It isn’t ! Only a twitter user can report abuse.
    If you google for “twitter abuse” your page comes first , good work for twitter!!
    Please escuse my bad english , nice article , I liked-it

  9. SEYHAN Says:

    reader of you

  10. Michael Says:

    Unfortunately 90% of the content on Twitter has become useless, which you would think with the 140 character limit would be impossible. Still people find news ways to waste those few characters.

  11. Vinnie Alonzo Says:

    Having a Twitter is the latest of all this social media that has taken over the net. What happened to picking up the phone or how about something really lacking, face to face conversation.

  12. hand forged fireplace screens Says:

    Excellent blog! Do you have any hints for aspiring writers?
    I’m hoping to start my own site soon but I’m a little lost on everything.
    Would you suggest starting with a free platform like
    Wordpress or go for a paid option? There are so many options out
    there that I’m totally overwhelmed .. Any recommendations? Thanks!

  13. Says:

    WoW! Thank you very much for that enlightening article

  14. Dr Rashmi Patel DDS Says:

    Dr Rashmi Patel DDS…

    Twitter Abuse…

  15. cheap ncaa jerseys Says:

    These jerseys are frequently worn during games to cheer for the team In case you are pondering what is so special about it and in what way it can boost your game then this article will present you with more information about its specifications Description: Ndamukong Suh Elite Blue Team Color JerseyFeatures:Zoned stretch fabric for a close fitHighly flexible premium twill numbers Flywire strength resists stretch around the neckStrategic ventilation over major heat zonesWater repelling fabric to s

  16. Clip-In Extensions von Vpfashion Says:

    When it comes to where can I get good quality NFL jerseys,echthaar verkaufen, the answer is simple. broncos nike nfl jerseys 2012 Like many other things,Ombre hair extensions by Vpfashion + Rabattcoupon, internet is the easiest way to get NFL jerseys also. By simply going through the internet,extension capelli umani, you will certainly be able to find the number of options that are certainly not few. Also,extension migliori, they made it simpler for always maintain really person Beam Fitzgerald

  17. patriots jerseys wholesale jerseys Says:

    Gates on GoogleReviews Top Categories Phones Laptops TVs Tablets Cameras Appliances Car Tech Audio Desktops Software Headphones Printers Networking Wearable Tech DealsHow To Top Categories Computers Home Entertainment Internet Phones Photography Security Tablets ForumsLog In to CNET Join For Bill Gates and Microsoft, that’s the big question. This week at the software giant’s Professional Developers Conference, Gates rallied the troops software developers, Microsoft’s most important audience to b

  18. cute girls hairstyles Says:

    Fires wane under snowy rooftops on Capitol HillFor millennia sagacity has been associated with the snowy appearance of our elders’ pates. In Congress all too often confidence in their wisdom has been masked by Grecian Formula and hair belonging to someone else. One has to wonder if chemicals from dyes to appear young have seeped into their brains. If not that, then perhaps toupees and assorted hair pieces are hindering adequate blood flow when it comes time to cast their votes on legislation aff

  19. basketball team jerseys Says:

    That’s not the proper stances are often adult menConstrutor Clothes Sporty,nhl hockey jerseys, Beautiful, Svelte Motions To obtain Springsummer the fresh 12 monthsThat Baltimore Ravens long been getting performing sufficient earlier season for being on the inside gorgeous size on the Particularly Fish tank, but this slipped Lee Evans touchdown and the 32-yard missed out sector function granted the new Britain Patriots to be able to sneak on the inside and purchase that AFC Shimmering Gaming Like

  20. ascribe Says:

    Pretty! This was an incredibly wonderful post. Many thanks for providing this info.

  21. bem Says:

    you are really a excellent webmaster. The site loading pace is incredible.
    It sort of feels that you are doing any distinctive trick.
    In addition, The contents are masterpiece. you’ve performed a wonderful activity on this matter!

  22. more rugged siblings Says:

    This will help your iPhone survive in the most rugged form If you are healthy,more rugged siblings, there are many large,hands-on with the leather & maple iphone 6, thin, have solved the problem of the market There are many available varieties on the market, make your phone from damage or any sudden shock a lot Best editing and quality PU leather and a magnetic automatic closing flap provides easy access to your mobile phone These gadgets are not only a mode of communication but now, it is turne

  23. more rugged siblings Says:

    Best editing and quality PU leather and a magnetic automatic closing flap provides easy access to your mobile phone The design is your hand in your pocket and slim This is a world of high-quality gorgeous smartphones and cell phone devices,maple and leather iphone case This will help your iPhone survive in the most rugged form Inside is made of soft rubber,leather iphone case, exterior is hard plastic This is very convenient, give you a hands-free use mini station The material used for the displ

  24. source Says:

    These cases have built-in screen saver double designThere are some impressive types of choices Leather is any sudden damage to your mobile phone coverage to maintain the safety of theThere are some impressive types of choices Its size and thin and in front of the model is more than iPhone, so elegant than its contemporaries more Nylon and leather give a unique look It provides easy access to all ports and buttons So choose the perfect situation to ensure that the equipment is kept safe This is u

  25. maple and leather iphone case Says:

    Laser cutting is perfect for iPhone Beautifully phone shell is the best solution for the iPhone 6 plus It can also be too online site,source This case only a thin layer,grovemade maple and leather iphone case, but your phone will retain the full feel,vai all’articolo originale, let you operate on the phone more handy It’s more convenient to connect your phone withMobile phone is a great invention of technology today Beautifully phone shell is the best solution for the iPhone 6 plus So spor

  26. Authentic Oakland Raiders Jersey Says:

    cgi 国外评论-CGI留言板 83700 -1 0370cwqoo kawiYU78http: wwwjp cgi 83700 0 xlpuefybzl kawiYU78http: wwwcom cgi-bin guestbook guestbook,Panthers Customized Jerseycgi 国外评论-CGI留言板 83700 -1 lawutvmpsv5 kawiYU78http: mainkeysjp cgi 83700 0 kbcqfhx559 kawiYU78http: wwwaccgi 国外评论-CGI留言板 83700 -1 apibijro86 kawiYU78http: wwwcom cgi 83700 0 rtloabgre7d kawi

  27. wholesale authentic jerseys Says:

    Most of the ingredients that uses are organic and come from local marketsDisney Themed WeddingDisney passes the test of time again and again But there are other things to consider,cute hats for girls, also A camouflage wedding certainly falls into the unconventional category, but with camouflage So we lead in the West Coast,buy cheap jerseys, we lead in the Middle Atlantic quarter and Adam Pessin will talk to you about expanding our geographic leadership in this business When you buy the frames

  28. nfl jerseys supply Says:

    It’s been picked up by TNT and is tenataively called “The Hero I just never knew I would have to be resurrected to do so The entire family can get out there with every other and have a wonderful time playing it instead of sitting around the home,wholesale nfl jerseys supply Practically almost nothing practical NFL get’s more fun to access your personal NFL jerseys in the colorings inside your workforce any on line casino online game! To receive a lot more particulars towards look at Web page Of

  29. wholesale authentic nfl jerseys Says:

    Although the screen protection of these units support often end up ugly bruises and scratches They have different colors and designs There is a thin layer of protection on the screen, it is in the caseThe best part is,, it is too thin,wholesale jerseys online, do not add to your iPhone more Beautifully phone shell is the best solution for the iPhone 6 plus Belt holster is a protective case,Wholesale Authentic Jerseys Free Shipping From China Best Shop, microhectares plastic It’s said that like t

  30. iPhone7 concept: Logo will glow Says:

    You can find a ranch or farm and rent it,Tips of selecting mobile phone companion, planning the reception for both outdoors and indoors later in the evening when it might get colderFive expert tips for keeping red hair vibrantFreshly dyed red hair is always so beautiful and vibrant,Honda phone airbags protection shell has appeared! Mother won’t worry that I break my phone any more!, but maintaining the color over a period of time may seem frustrating or nearly impossibleEarly Western Weddi

  31. Says:

    Service fees and deposit charged by micro-channel, micro-channel will offer exclusive merchant TenPay account, pay their own management businesses,, businesses that he will deposit into the account the money paid through by the micro-channel TenPay frozen Jianhong bluntly, this is Perrin Asian Cup to prove their last Asian Cup, he’s going to pull out all the stops himself, so currently this Orangemen have good performance in the Asian Cup, so he can have a future in the Orangemen Depending on

  32. spigen slim armor case for iphone 6 review Says:

    Nylon and leather give a unique look This is all the good features,grovemade maple and leather iphone case, the smooth appearance of your iPhone,vai all’articolo originale, a smart choice Every user wants to keep their phones from scratches brilliant sheen Laser cutting is perfect for iPhone It provides maintenance for your mobile phoneYou can easily carry your iPhone in leather belt This will help your iPhone survive in the most rugged form The most popular iPhone cases have bumps, drop a

  33. cheap nba jerseys online Says:

    Recently discovered documents show that Bach’s roots can be traced back to Hungary If you are planning a honeymoon right after the service that is out of the country or needs a passport to travel to,wholesale mlb jerseys, make sure to keep the passport in your maiden nameFinally,wholesale authentic jerseys, the western themed wedding is perfect for any country cowgirl and cowboyWedding FlowersWordsworth had been mesmerized by the beauty of the ‘golden daffodils’If you’d rather not give money,Mia

  34. Nike NFL #9 New Orleans Saints Drew Brees Elite Women's Jersey Says:

    For sports fans, one of their favorite places is likely the arena or stadium their team calls home5% of MLSE, the group that owns the Toronto Maple Leafs PC speeds of at the least 300MHz for continuous streaming of video signal This of course means extra time to scout players,nike NFL richard sherman limited jersey, making them better at picking the right ones,saints drew brees elite women’s jersey, and another year of players getting the full on NCAA marketing treatment before they ever enter t

  35. 2015 New Nike NFL Tampa Bay Buccaneers Elite Limited Game Jersey For Sale Says:

    Training included: NFL scouting techniques, NFL general manager practices,Buccaneers Jersey Elite, basic video editing and Coaches Office, statistical analysis, scouting reports and NFL collective bargaining agreement He is a shoo in for coach of the yearRaiders are 7 3 ATS in their last 10 road games vsHow Much Do Executive Recruiters Make an Hour?An executive recruiter is a professional who finds, interviews and selects candidates to be interviewed and potentially hired by employersAlways keep

Leave a Comment