Do Spam Win Big : How Twitter Contests Promote Spamming & Create #SpamExperts


One of my favourite part of twitter is its Simplicity and ease of use. Excpet the sponsored tweets it have very less spam enviornment than facebook. 140 character limitation make twitter more clean and smooth while use.

You cant expect a large essay on twitter,like we see in facebook. In 140 characters you should express whatever you want to say and your unique and very creative tweets could attract more and more followers.

Nowadays most of the company’s have official twitter accounts. It is is the easiest way to communicate with their users . Sometimes They run contests or giveaways for their promotional activities .

Many users have dedicated Twitter Acounts for participating in Contests . Their Name, Banner, Bio could be changed anytime to impress and get attraction of the companies. Otherwise they Will be muted or blocked by their followers .

In my blog you can see my previous post regarding Twitter spam and how to find and kill spam from your account .

But in that post something which i didn’t mentioned was Spamming generated by companies by contests held on their official accounts and influence their followers by offering some prize ( or bribe ) to spam. Actually these contests should Renamed

“Do Spam And Win Big”

These contests are nothing but some inexpensive way of corrupting young peoples mind for Free promotion
In example
If 1000 followers are participating in a contest and these users have 100 followers each every answer or tweet reach total 100k of people and more and more people join the wagon and by giving a smartphone worth
Rs. 5000 their promotion reach thousands of people . And the winners are not decided by quality or creativity in tweets or answers ( in most of the cases ) it is solely based on the number of spam tweets which you have sent or how many people you invited . The questions or tasks are just for name sake and for each questions they compell contestants to RT or shout outs to qualify for winning .

The worst part is that if you check a winners account you Will be amazed their tweets are only for participating other contests or they continuasly tweet same or do maximum spam activity . I wonder why these peoples are.chosen over hundreds of quality answers and these companies didn’t even check their account before choosing the winner So that i came to understand these accounts are only for spamming . So it is easy to understand the winners are chosen over the number of spam or promotion they have done for the company .

Well, all the companies are don’t appreciate this kind of behaviour in their contests but many contests break all the laws.


As an example i would like to mention one contest held by one of the famous smartphone makers in India.
It was named #540Reasons contest which started from 19th May and continue for 40 days, daily winner Will be prized a smartphone of them.

To be honest ,I participated in that contest for a few days and every winner was chosen not based on the answers they tweeted like they said but based on how much spam they have done . If you check the winners account you can understand the amount of spamming they have done for the company .
Many contestants has tweeted screenshots of this injustice and they showed their frustration . But none of them get reply they were keeping choosing best spammers .So naturally others Will think Its okay to do spam for winning . Many people are scared to speak against this because they afraid that they Will be disqualified from contest so who Will take a chance.

I don’t care about the contestants who tempted by their prizes and do spamming activity for winning
But the companys cheap way of spamming promotion in the name of contests via bribing their followers is not good .

I believe Twitter have an
Anti spam policy bulk auto tweet generating softwares like Tweet adder get banned because of this reason.

Twitter Policy

Twitter strives to protect its users from abuse and spam. User abuse and technical abuse are not tolerated on, and may result in permanent suspension. Any accounts engaging in the activities specified below may be subject to permanent suspension.

If you post multiple unrelated updates to a topic using #, trending or popular topic, or promoted trend;

If you send large numbers of duplicate @replies or mentions;
If you send large numbers of unsolicited @replies or mentions;

If you add a large number of unrelated users to lists;
If you repeatedly create false or misleading content;

Randomly or aggressively following, favoriting or Retweeting Tweets;

If you repeatedly post other users’ account information as your own (bio, Tweets, url, etc.);

If you post misleading links (e.g. affiliate links, links to malware/click jacking pages, etc.);

Creating misleading accounts or account interactions;
These contests violates all of these above laws and still not recognized by Twitter .

Twitter should monitor this kind of contests and check whether they promote spamming or not and every company should follow some basic justice and never follow this kind of cheap promotion by spamming while doing this kind of Contests .

Please Comment Or Tweet Your View On This Matter

Twitter :@BovasJohn


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