How Twitter Could Beat Spam

Quite simply, link new accounts should not be allowed to have tweets with @replies in them show up in the streams of others, artificial period.

The reason for this is because spammers use new accounts as throwaways from which to crawl name lists and @reply to people with links to their crap. Now, there’s a possible problem with this that my friend Sarven brought up: what if your friend joins Twitter and you want to see their @replies? Well, you could have a mechanism where a ‘trusted’ or proven account could vouch for a new one, or people could opt-in to @replies from a given account.

I know, it sucks, but we can all thank spammer scum for having to implement countermeasures to their crap.

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