I'm pretty sure I am not the only one to have noticed that many Twitter follow requests are not entirely as they seem. Spam I think in this context is a slight miss understatement.
I have personally been inundated with Follow Request from users with seemingly genuine Twitter names. I have always check-up on these new requests, just more out of curiosity than anything else. But now it's become a necessity.
Recently, these seemingly genuine Twitter users are turning out to be fronts for sex shows and various other sexual activities. Now heck, I am not a boring old fart. Far from it. But this really crosses the line for me.
On further inspection, the URL's take you to sites such as huge WebCam Porn sites, or ahem, 'Night Entertainers'. Yes, I did spend a few moments on one of these sites. I spent about 10mins on one of these ‘web cam sites’ yesterday, not pleased that I did, but I was morbidly curious as to if these girls were actually doing it because they ‘wanted to’ or more specifically to see if they were ‘forced into performing for whatever reason’. Very clear that most were not wanting to be there at all.
Which makes me really very angry and horrendously upset. Young girls in cages performing on demand. Where are we going?
But I can honestly say that it was because if was just utterly appalled at what I saw and just felt a huge wave of sympathy for these 'girls' that were sat in front of these camera's trying to smile and look happy. Im pretty good at recognizing facial expressions, even micro expressions, and these girls are anything but happy.
My point is that by allowing yourself to automatically Follow out of a 'you follow me so I will follow you' attitude, you are opening yourself and your Web Site to be linked to these awful 'institutions'.
It would be reasonable to assume that they just automatically Follow due to the insane number of requests that they get. I'm not a celebrity Twittlet and I sure as heck don't want to be associated with these sites, so I don't think it's a far leap to come to the same conclusion for more famous Twittlets.
Simply, take time to check out any new Followers that you get. Don't allow yourself to get hooked on getting a high Follower number at the expense of some common decency. Don't allow these 'spammer's to propagate their message and sordid sexual slave perversions. They are easy to spot even if you don't check out the URL, they are the ones usually Following 100's even 1000's whilst only a few are actually Following them.
Here is a great site on Twitter Spam, the site is effectively called 'Stop Twitter Spam' and is a very useful site to visit. It's not just full of 'you shoulds' 'you musts' 'you oughts', it highlights steps you can take to reduce spam, gives you insights into how other power Twitter users manage their Twitter experience to eliminate unwanted Followers etc.