How to Get Rid of Twitter Spam


The ease with which Twitter users can connect and communicate with one another has made this ubiquitous microblogging social network a prime location for marketers to reach out to potential consumers. Marketing is a legitimate use of Twitter, but spam is not. Twitter marketing is recognizable in that it represents genuine communication with consumers on Twitter. Spam, on the other hand, is identified by its obviously thoughtless repetitions of irrelevant messages and links. Getting rid of Twitter spam is a collective effort. The more users who report a user for spam, the more likely Twitter will remove the offending account.

  • Open your browser, go to the Twitter homepage at and sign in with your Twitter username and password.

  • Click a tweet you believe to be spam. This expands the tweet in the right side of Twitter.

  • Click the username at the top of the expanded tweet view to inspect the user's profile and assess whether the user is a spammer.

  • Click the icon depicting a gear -- the user options menu -- while viewing the spammer's Twitter profile and select "Report for Spam." The user will no longer be able to see you in his timeline or mention your username on Twitter. Twitter will receive the spam report for possible action.

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