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Cloned Twitter Accounts: The New Twitter Spam, Tweeting Duplicate Content

October 29, 2009

I guess the initial wave of Twitter spammers probably duplicated their content from one account to the next as they spammed and then their accounts were banned.

Taking a page from those early Twitter spam innovators, the MLM crowd appears to have picked up where the spammers left off while also adding a few new tricks of their own.

Apparently one of my previous Tweets had a keyword sweet enough in it for the Twitter search and follow autobots to follow my account.

It was probably the #140Conf hashtag.

This morning I received two new Twitter followers one from a man, the other from a woman one right after another.

Nothing unusal there.

Since I don’t auto-follow followers, I went to investigate each Twitter account to see what I could find.

What I found was two Twitter accounts with legitimate names and bios yet both had the same background and Tweet history.

Exhibit #1

Duplicate Twitter Account 1

Duplicate Twitter Account 1

Exhibit #2

Duplicate Twitter Account 2

Duplicate Twitter Account 2

What a novel idea.

Cloned Twitter accounts Tweeting spammy duplicate MLM content!

If I were guessing, I would say this could become a major hassle for both Twitter and Twitter’s audience.