I don’t know how many of you are on Twitter, but there are two ways to communicate with people on it. You can either tell the entire world what you’re having for lunch, or you can DM (Direct Message) someone privately what you’re having for lunch.
For example, you would DM someone if you were having, say, hamsters in a red wine reduction sauce, which while good for bragging about your new Paleo-Primal diet, is not so good for that whole public image thing.
And just like every privilege out there (e.g. driving, streaking, murdering, etc), plenty of other people in the world are abusing it and ruining it for the rest of us.
There’s a very popular direct message I often get from various unsuspecting souls whose Twitter account has been raped and pillaged and used for evil. This activity is called phishing (pronounced “PHISH-ING”).
It is baiting you to click on a link where they can then rape and pillage you as well. It’s annoying and obvious and I’m sick of wading through them to get to actual real messages from real people who have something real to say. The other DMs I ignore are those “automatic” ones you get as soon as you follow someone who then immediately wants something from you. Like buying their book. Or checking out their website. That’s all just noise to me and it is totally ignored by me.
So anyway, the latest bait is the following message:
“Hey Someone Is Making Very Bad Things About You… www.some link to get jacked.com”
Now, in America, I would expect that link to take me to a cooking or DIY home improvement website where someone, no doubt, is making very bad things about me.
I don’t know about you, but whenever I look up a recipe or how to do something, I want to see a good example of it, not some ill-advised disaster, so this message doesn’t attract me. Unless, of course, it’s Cake Wrecks or something.
Plus, if someone really wanted to make very bad things about me, they could do it in my comments section. Actually, some people already have (I’m talking to YOU crazy first-time visitor who goes off half-cocked because she doesn’t know a joke when it squirts in her in the face and honks at her, but anyway…)
What was I talking about?
Oh yeah, Twitter rapists. They are sucking the life out of me.
Has anyone coined the term “social media vampires” yet? If not, then it’s mine, but you can use it.
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