Twitter spam is just as annoying as regular spam – perhaps even more so, as it trades on your good will and desire to play by the rules. The way it works is simple: a would be spammer starts following you, banking that you will follow them back as a courtesy. A smart spammer will then mix random tweets with once advertising its product, hoping you’ll mistake the ads for real tweets.
DealFlicks goes an extra step. It apparently either hires interns, or, just as likely, creates them with the purpose of setting up twitter accounts. The accounts include stylish photos of attractive young women with generic names like “Sophia Smith” or “Abigail Davis”. It’s the description of each “intern” which alerted me to their spammines. They are all along the same lines, e.g. “Film geek. Avid movie aficionado. Explorer. Student. Social media nerd. Closet organizer. DealFlicks intern. #FollowBack #F4F#TeamFollowback.” The hashtags are those used by spammers trying to get followers. I’ve had three Dealflick interns follow me in the last couple of days, and I expect more, as they seem to have a legion of these accounts.
If you are curious as to why you’re being followed by multiple people with identical descriptions, like I was, you may google DealFlicks and find out that it’s a website for discount movie tickets. An unethical, spammy website that doesn’t deserve anyone’s patronage. Now you know to avoid them.