Gregory Alan Bolcer stashed this in Fixitfixitfixit!
I was on Twitter yesterday doing some r&d on their apis. While on there, I saw a couple of recommended people to follow off to the right top of the page in a two row, 1 column format. There were a lot of names I didn't know who my friends follow and I clicked the X to close them. There were a few famous people which I thought might be interesting to follow. I closed out the browser but didn't think anything else about it.
5 x pornographic requests to follow my account
3 x Facebook or other marketers looking to follow "like-minded" social networkers
2 x general unknown people
1 x distantly related friend of a friend.
What did I do to invite such a barrage?
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10+ pornographic invites for nothing more than following someone whose name I recognized?
Twitter is still in its "Wild West" phase. This will all get locked down shortly.
The reason you're seeing it all now is because images are now allowed on Twitter: http://techcrunch.com/2011/08/22/five-years-later-twitter-rolls-out-image-galleries/
There are a lot of lame bots that auto follow people based on who follows some top celebs. The idea is if you just followed one of the celebs you are an active real person so more likely to be attentive to the follow and hopefully followback. There are a lot of things twitter can, will, and needs to do to fix the spam problem. They have often sided on the prevent-blocking-false-positives angle because that's expensive too... IMO that cost is likely worth it though...