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.
The Writer Daily
The Write Now Daily
The Publishing Weekly
The Michelle Birbeck Weekly
The Digital Writer
Res Aliens Spec Fic Daily
Last but not least, here are the two websites which are being used:
Scrivener Discount Coupon Codes – 20% Discount Off Scrivener
Love Letter to my favorite writing tool – Scrivener
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