Is your Twitter account sending Spam messages through the direct message system?

Have you received a direct Twitter message from a follower or someone you follow, along the lines of?

“Someone is posting nasty updates on their Twitter about you, here’s the post they’ve been making [some shortened url link.RU].

1st thing

If you are the person receiving this message:

DO NOT CLICK ON THE LINK, BAD THINGS COULD HAPPEN!!!!!!!!!!!!

If you really want to know what folk are saying about you or your business then use something like twilerts or Google Alerts (this is something you should do anyway).

The user that the message came from probably has no idea that these messages are being sent, so instead of reporting them straight away, do the decent thing and let them know. Either send them a direct message, or email them, or if you know them pick up the phone and give them a call.

If this is your account sending the messages then it could be that your account has been hacked, (password found out) or it may be an application that you have given permission to access your Twitter account (e.g. Tweetdeck) this may have been hacked or simply gone wrong.

What can you do?

  1. Change your Twitter login password (do this regularly not just with Twitter)
  2. Check to see what applications have been authorized to access your account.

How?

  1. Log into your Twitter account at Twitter.com and click on settings. This should be under your avatar in the top right hand corner.
  2. Then click on applications on the right

Here you will find all of the applications you have authorized to access your Twitter account.

If there are ones you do not recognize then revoke access.

If the Spam messages continue you may have to revoke access to all until you find out which is the offending one. Revoke access to applications you no longer use and always check on a regular basis. Also remember to change your passwords on a regular basis, make them a bit more complex, not just myname2. I know it can be a pain to remember harder passwords but believe me it could save a lot of hassle in the future.

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Cheers for now

Richard