A post at social media guide site, Mashable, today reported that CNN had broadcast a segment on using web tools to avoid untrustworthy links and spammy Twitter users.
As Twitter users, most of us would have experienced spam one way or another. So the CNN tips on trustworthy tweeting just come in handy for users to find out who you can follow and who to ignore. The CNN video recommended four web tools that will protect your Tweets.
PowerTwitter is a browser add-on that's loaded with many features like doing search and track, play videos and music, share photos and it can expand short URLs so you know what you're about to click on.
TweetBlocker is a free resource for Twitter users and application developers. Using highly advanced filtering, it catalogs and ranks the top spammers on Twitter, allowing you to quickly and easily find spammers who you may have inadvertently managed to follow.
The TweetGrade site provides a handy tool where you enter your Twitter username and find out how you rate as a Twitter user.
It's useful when you receive a message from a person asking you to follow him or her. You use TweetGrade to check out that person and see how he/she rates before you jump in.
BTW, I checked out my own grading. I entered my username "markk" and TweetGrade gave me a Tweet Grade of "A+". Cheers!
So don't be helpless when you face the scourge of spamming. All these tools are designed to help you get rid of any spam accounts.
According to TechCrunch, Web security firm Purewire (which operates TweetGrade) did an analysis of seven million Twitter accounts and concluded that a full 80 percent of Twitter accounts have fewer than 10 followers. What's more, 30 percent have zero followers.