I hate spam. I really do.
A while back I volunteered to run a Twitter newsletter, using the Paper.li web software. I thought it was easy to set up, but the other person involved couldn’t make it work, so I did. I ended up volunteering to run several other community newsletters, all of them about writing.
Recently I noticed some weird stuff. I was getting the same article as the number one article day after day. After a week, I got annoyed, so I blocked that Twitter user.
Then it popped up again, different Twitter user, same article. So I blocked the article.
Then it popped up again. Different Twitter user, different article… Seriously. It just doesn’t stop.
I don’t have all off the old information. I didn’t realize what was happening at first, and didn’t keep it. Several people, who either work for Scrivener, for a Scrivener reseller, or for an affiliate, are spamming Twitter with Scrivener links. This has been going on for at least several weeks now. It may have gone on far longer. I don’t know.
I do know that I’m damned annoyed. So annoyed that I’ve stopped using Scrivener, which had been my favorite tool for writing. Let’s take a look at what happened.
The Daily Writers Compendium – first pass today – here’s where I noticed the same article, appearing again. So I blocked the person who’d tweeted the article from appearing, and looked at the paper again.
The Daily Writers Compendium – second pass today – Much to my surprise the article was still there. This time around I decided to block the site.
The Daily Writers Compendium – third pass today – Oh joy – another Scrivener advertisement. Block this one too.
The Daily Writers Compendium – fourth pass today – Finally it’s gone.
I decided to look at some other newsletters. I found the same thing, involving the same websites.
Last but not least, here are the two websites which are being used:
There’s nothing wrong with writing about what you like. There’s nothing wrong tweeting about what you’ve written.
When you are still tweeting about a blog post four months later, you are spamming.
Too bad that Scrivener’s reputation is going to take a hit because of these jerks.
Saturday May 5, 2012