Twitter spam, effective or idiotic?

This morning the replies kept crossing my screen. They look like this:

Just started using http://twply.com/ to get my @replies via email. Neat stuff!

Aaarrrrrggggghhhhh.

To me this marks this company forever that it’s a spammer. I will never try this tool just because of this. It is why I am increasingly finding myself unwilling to put my twitter address and password into a new tool. They can use that access to hurt you and your reputation.

But, on the other hand, this is brilliant. It is spreading so fast that in the three minutes it took to bang out this post 30 more people loaded this tool and handed over their names and passwords.

Effective and viral. Expect more of this marketing in the future.

Me? It is cluttering up my screen. I need a new kind of filter now.

Aaarrrrrggggggghhhhhh!

UPDATE: Mathew Ingram says that it sent the message even though he thought he turned it off. We are also discussing this on friendfeed.

269 thoughts on “Twitter spam, effective or idiotic?

  1. If I want to check I just sign in from my Palm. How hard is that? Ya don’t need to have someone do it for you.

  2. If I want to check I just sign in from my Palm. How hard is that? Ya don’t need to have someone do it for you.

  3. If I want to check I just sign in from my Palm. How hard is that? Ya don’t need to have someone do it for you.

  4. If I want to check I just sign in from my Palm. How hard is that? Ya don’t need to have someone do it for you.

  5. If I want to check I just sign in from my Palm. How hard is that? Ya don’t need to have someone do it for you.

  6. If I want to check I just sign in from my Palm. How hard is that? Ya don’t need to have someone do it for you.

  7. If I want to check I just sign in from my Palm. How hard is that? Ya don’t need to have someone do it for you.

  8. If I want to check I just sign in from my Palm. How hard is that? Ya don’t need to have someone do it for you.

  9. If I want to check I just sign in from my Palm. How hard is that? Ya don’t need to have someone do it for you.

  10. Twitter really needs to have a secondary/API key/password separate to the main user password for all third party things like this.

  11. Twitter really needs to have a secondary/API key/password separate to the main user password for all third party things like this.

  12. Twitter really needs to have a secondary/API key/password separate to the main user password for all third party things like this.

  13. Twitter really needs to have a secondary/API key/password separate to the main user password for all third party things like this.

  14. Twitter really needs to have a secondary/API key/password separate to the main user password for all third party things like this.

  15. Twitter really needs to have a secondary/API key/password separate to the main user password for all third party things like this.

  16. Twitter really needs to have a secondary/API key/password separate to the main user password for all third party things like this.

  17. Twitter really needs to have a secondary/API key/password separate to the main user password for all third party things like this.

  18. Twitter really needs to have a secondary/API key/password separate to the main user password for all third party things like this.

  19. Twitter really needs to have a secondary/API key/password separate to the main user password for all third party things like this.

  20. Twitter really needs to have a secondary/API key/password separate to the main user password for all third party things like this.

  21. Twitter really needs to have a secondary/API key/password separate to the main user password for all third party things like this.

  22. It’s a great idea for me because I don’t stay logged in to Twitter all day. If I were I would never get my work done. Instead I go in a couple times a day and then answer to all my replies. People hate that. So I thought this would be a great idea. I signed up and so far I haven’t got one reply sent to my email yet. So who knows…I may just disable it…

  23. It’s a great idea for me because I don’t stay logged in to Twitter all day. If I were I would never get my work done. Instead I go in a couple times a day and then answer to all my replies. People hate that. So I thought this would be a great idea. I signed up and so far I haven’t got one reply sent to my email yet. So who knows…I may just disable it…

  24. It’s a great idea for me because I don’t stay logged in to Twitter all day. If I were I would never get my work done. Instead I go in a couple times a day and then answer to all my replies. People hate that. So I thought this would be a great idea. I signed up and so far I haven’t got one reply sent to my email yet. So who knows…I may just disable it…

  25. It’s a great idea for me because I don’t stay logged in to Twitter all day. If I were I would never get my work done. Instead I go in a couple times a day and then answer to all my replies. People hate that. So I thought this would be a great idea. I signed up and so far I haven’t got one reply sent to my email yet. So who knows…I may just disable it…

  26. It’s a great idea for me because I don’t stay logged in to Twitter all day. If I were I would never get my work done. Instead I go in a couple times a day and then answer to all my replies. People hate that. So I thought this would be a great idea. I signed up and so far I haven’t got one reply sent to my email yet. So who knows…I may just disable it…

  27. It’s a great idea for me because I don’t stay logged in to Twitter all day. If I were I would never get my work done. Instead I go in a couple times a day and then answer to all my replies. People hate that. So I thought this would be a great idea. I signed up and so far I haven’t got one reply sent to my email yet. So who knows…I may just disable it…

  28. It’s a great idea for me because I don’t stay logged in to Twitter all day. If I were I would never get my work done. Instead I go in a couple times a day and then answer to all my replies. People hate that. So I thought this would be a great idea. I signed up and so far I haven’t got one reply sent to my email yet. So who knows…I may just disable it…

  29. It’s a great idea for me because I don’t stay logged in to Twitter all day. If I were I would never get my work done. Instead I go in a couple times a day and then answer to all my replies. People hate that. So I thought this would be a great idea. I signed up and so far I haven’t got one reply sent to my email yet. So who knows…I may just disable it…

  30. It’s a great idea for me because I don’t stay logged in to Twitter all day. If I were I would never get my work done. Instead I go in a couple times a day and then answer to all my replies. People hate that. So I thought this would be a great idea. I signed up and so far I haven’t got one reply sent to my email yet. So who knows…I may just disable it…

  31. It’s a great idea for me because I don’t stay logged in to Twitter all day. If I were I would never get my work done. Instead I go in a couple times a day and then answer to all my replies. People hate that. So I thought this would be a great idea. I signed up and so far I haven’t got one reply sent to my email yet. So who knows…I may just disable it…

  32. It’s a great idea for me because I don’t stay logged in to Twitter all day. If I were I would never get my work done. Instead I go in a couple times a day and then answer to all my replies. People hate that. So I thought this would be a great idea. I signed up and so far I haven’t got one reply sent to my email yet. So who knows…I may just disable it…

  33. It’s a great idea for me because I don’t stay logged in to Twitter all day. If I were I would never get my work done. Instead I go in a couple times a day and then answer to all my replies. People hate that. So I thought this would be a great idea. I signed up and so far I haven’t got one reply sent to my email yet. So who knows…I may just disable it…

  34. happy new year !!! nobody cares about your privacy unless it’s you, and advertising pays for everything, so caveat registror. i have been rendered immune to caring about this by the parade of throwaway facebook apps + the news feed – this simply seems like an “i got bit by a vampire ! do you want to get bit too ?” for the twitter crowd.

    this service at least strikes me as useful. someone was apparently trying to do something helpful for others, and if the final payoff was $1200 i mean that sounds pretty coder-altruistic to me. i don’t see a ponzi scheme brewing inside this guy’s head. this simply seems like a case study in contagion, and quite likely will become a “best practice” for a certain class of projects – as Eric Rice points out, it’s Qik and Brightkite and such which proclaimed to the world “hey coders, you can program robots to talk into twitter, it’s cool, no biggie”. so this twply coder just did that too, which was adapt a best practice from inane fb apps and qik et al to his intentions (which apparently started with “i want a truck of people to use this” and ended when he got his wish).

    is a tweet saying “hey i’m live streaming on _service_, come chat” automatically any better than this ? frankly, it’s worse, isn’t it? if you’re a qik user do you see how annoying this “feature” makes you on twitter? whereas new signups to a service – at least that only happens once….

  35. happy new year !!! nobody cares about your privacy unless it’s you, and advertising pays for everything, so caveat registror. i have been rendered immune to caring about this by the parade of throwaway facebook apps + the news feed – this simply seems like an “i got bit by a vampire ! do you want to get bit too ?” for the twitter crowd.

    this service at least strikes me as useful. someone was apparently trying to do something helpful for others, and if the final payoff was $1200 i mean that sounds pretty coder-altruistic to me. i don’t see a ponzi scheme brewing inside this guy’s head. this simply seems like a case study in contagion, and quite likely will become a “best practice” for a certain class of projects – as Eric Rice points out, it’s Qik and Brightkite and such which proclaimed to the world “hey coders, you can program robots to talk into twitter, it’s cool, no biggie”. so this twply coder just did that too, which was adapt a best practice from inane fb apps and qik et al to his intentions (which apparently started with “i want a truck of people to use this” and ended when he got his wish).

    is a tweet saying “hey i’m live streaming on _service_, come chat” automatically any better than this ? frankly, it’s worse, isn’t it? if you’re a qik user do you see how annoying this “feature” makes you on twitter? whereas new signups to a service – at least that only happens once….

  36. happy new year !!! nobody cares about your privacy unless it’s you, and advertising pays for everything, so caveat registror. i have been rendered immune to caring about this by the parade of throwaway facebook apps + the news feed – this simply seems like an “i got bit by a vampire ! do you want to get bit too ?” for the twitter crowd.

    this service at least strikes me as useful. someone was apparently trying to do something helpful for others, and if the final payoff was $1200 i mean that sounds pretty coder-altruistic to me. i don’t see a ponzi scheme brewing inside this guy’s head. this simply seems like a case study in contagion, and quite likely will become a “best practice” for a certain class of projects – as Eric Rice points out, it’s Qik and Brightkite and such which proclaimed to the world “hey coders, you can program robots to talk into twitter, it’s cool, no biggie”. so this twply coder just did that too, which was adapt a best practice from inane fb apps and qik et al to his intentions (which apparently started with “i want a truck of people to use this” and ended when he got his wish).

    is a tweet saying “hey i’m live streaming on _service_, come chat” automatically any better than this ? frankly, it’s worse, isn’t it? if you’re a qik user do you see how annoying this “feature” makes you on twitter? whereas new signups to a service – at least that only happens once….

  37. happy new year !!! nobody cares about your privacy unless it’s you, and advertising pays for everything, so caveat registror. i have been rendered immune to caring about this by the parade of throwaway facebook apps + the news feed – this simply seems like an “i got bit by a vampire ! do you want to get bit too ?” for the twitter crowd.

    this service at least strikes me as useful. someone was apparently trying to do something helpful for others, and if the final payoff was $1200 i mean that sounds pretty coder-altruistic to me. i don’t see a ponzi scheme brewing inside this guy’s head. this simply seems like a case study in contagion, and quite likely will become a “best practice” for a certain class of projects – as Eric Rice points out, it’s Qik and Brightkite and such which proclaimed to the world “hey coders, you can program robots to talk into twitter, it’s cool, no biggie”. so this twply coder just did that too, which was adapt a best practice from inane fb apps and qik et al to his intentions (which apparently started with “i want a truck of people to use this” and ended when he got his wish).

    is a tweet saying “hey i’m live streaming on _service_, come chat” automatically any better than this ? frankly, it’s worse, isn’t it? if you’re a qik user do you see how annoying this “feature” makes you on twitter? whereas new signups to a service – at least that only happens once….

  38. happy new year !!! nobody cares about your privacy unless it’s you, and advertising pays for everything, so caveat registror. i have been rendered immune to caring about this by the parade of throwaway facebook apps + the news feed – this simply seems like an “i got bit by a vampire ! do you want to get bit too ?” for the twitter crowd.

    this service at least strikes me as useful. someone was apparently trying to do something helpful for others, and if the final payoff was $1200 i mean that sounds pretty coder-altruistic to me. i don’t see a ponzi scheme brewing inside this guy’s head. this simply seems like a case study in contagion, and quite likely will become a “best practice” for a certain class of projects – as Eric Rice points out, it’s Qik and Brightkite and such which proclaimed to the world “hey coders, you can program robots to talk into twitter, it’s cool, no biggie”. so this twply coder just did that too, which was adapt a best practice from inane fb apps and qik et al to his intentions (which apparently started with “i want a truck of people to use this” and ended when he got his wish).

    is a tweet saying “hey i’m live streaming on _service_, come chat” automatically any better than this ? frankly, it’s worse, isn’t it? if you’re a qik user do you see how annoying this “feature” makes you on twitter? whereas new signups to a service – at least that only happens once….

  39. happy new year !!! nobody cares about your privacy unless it’s you, and advertising pays for everything, so caveat registror. i have been rendered immune to caring about this by the parade of throwaway facebook apps + the news feed – this simply seems like an “i got bit by a vampire ! do you want to get bit too ?” for the twitter crowd.

    this service at least strikes me as useful. someone was apparently trying to do something helpful for others, and if the final payoff was $1200 i mean that sounds pretty coder-altruistic to me. i don’t see a ponzi scheme brewing inside this guy’s head. this simply seems like a case study in contagion, and quite likely will become a “best practice” for a certain class of projects – as Eric Rice points out, it’s Qik and Brightkite and such which proclaimed to the world “hey coders, you can program robots to talk into twitter, it’s cool, no biggie”. so this twply coder just did that too, which was adapt a best practice from inane fb apps and qik et al to his intentions (which apparently started with “i want a truck of people to use this” and ended when he got his wish).

    is a tweet saying “hey i’m live streaming on _service_, come chat” automatically any better than this ? frankly, it’s worse, isn’t it? if you’re a qik user do you see how annoying this “feature” makes you on twitter? whereas new signups to a service – at least that only happens once….

  40. happy new year !!! nobody cares about your privacy unless it’s you, and advertising pays for everything, so caveat registror. i have been rendered immune to caring about this by the parade of throwaway facebook apps + the news feed – this simply seems like an “i got bit by a vampire ! do you want to get bit too ?” for the twitter crowd.

    this service at least strikes me as useful. someone was apparently trying to do something helpful for others, and if the final payoff was $1200 i mean that sounds pretty coder-altruistic to me. i don’t see a ponzi scheme brewing inside this guy’s head. this simply seems like a case study in contagion, and quite likely will become a “best practice” for a certain class of projects – as Eric Rice points out, it’s Qik and Brightkite and such which proclaimed to the world “hey coders, you can program robots to talk into twitter, it’s cool, no biggie”. so this twply coder just did that too, which was adapt a best practice from inane fb apps and qik et al to his intentions (which apparently started with “i want a truck of people to use this” and ended when he got his wish).

    is a tweet saying “hey i’m live streaming on _service_, come chat” automatically any better than this ? frankly, it’s worse, isn’t it? if you’re a qik user do you see how annoying this “feature” makes you on twitter? whereas new signups to a service – at least that only happens once….

  41. happy new year !!! nobody cares about your privacy unless it’s you, and advertising pays for everything, so caveat registror. i have been rendered immune to caring about this by the parade of throwaway facebook apps + the news feed – this simply seems like an “i got bit by a vampire ! do you want to get bit too ?” for the twitter crowd.

    this service at least strikes me as useful. someone was apparently trying to do something helpful for others, and if the final payoff was $1200 i mean that sounds pretty coder-altruistic to me. i don’t see a ponzi scheme brewing inside this guy’s head. this simply seems like a case study in contagion, and quite likely will become a “best practice” for a certain class of projects – as Eric Rice points out, it’s Qik and Brightkite and such which proclaimed to the world “hey coders, you can program robots to talk into twitter, it’s cool, no biggie”. so this twply coder just did that too, which was adapt a best practice from inane fb apps and qik et al to his intentions (which apparently started with “i want a truck of people to use this” and ended when he got his wish).

    is a tweet saying “hey i’m live streaming on _service_, come chat” automatically any better than this ? frankly, it’s worse, isn’t it? if you’re a qik user do you see how annoying this “feature” makes you on twitter? whereas new signups to a service – at least that only happens once….

  42. happy new year !!! nobody cares about your privacy unless it’s you, and advertising pays for everything, so caveat registror. i have been rendered immune to caring about this by the parade of throwaway facebook apps + the news feed – this simply seems like an “i got bit by a vampire ! do you want to get bit too ?” for the twitter crowd.

    this service at least strikes me as useful. someone was apparently trying to do something helpful for others, and if the final payoff was $1200 i mean that sounds pretty coder-altruistic to me. i don’t see a ponzi scheme brewing inside this guy’s head. this simply seems like a case study in contagion, and quite likely will become a “best practice” for a certain class of projects – as Eric Rice points out, it’s Qik and Brightkite and such which proclaimed to the world “hey coders, you can program robots to talk into twitter, it’s cool, no biggie”. so this twply coder just did that too, which was adapt a best practice from inane fb apps and qik et al to his intentions (which apparently started with “i want a truck of people to use this” and ended when he got his wish).

    is a tweet saying “hey i’m live streaming on _service_, come chat” automatically any better than this ? frankly, it’s worse, isn’t it? if you’re a qik user do you see how annoying this “feature” makes you on twitter? whereas new signups to a service – at least that only happens once….

  43. happy new year !!! nobody cares about your privacy unless it’s you, and advertising pays for everything, so caveat registror. i have been rendered immune to caring about this by the parade of throwaway facebook apps + the news feed – this simply seems like an “i got bit by a vampire ! do you want to get bit too ?” for the twitter crowd.

    this service at least strikes me as useful. someone was apparently trying to do something helpful for others, and if the final payoff was $1200 i mean that sounds pretty coder-altruistic to me. i don’t see a ponzi scheme brewing inside this guy’s head. this simply seems like a case study in contagion, and quite likely will become a “best practice” for a certain class of projects – as Eric Rice points out, it’s Qik and Brightkite and such which proclaimed to the world “hey coders, you can program robots to talk into twitter, it’s cool, no biggie”. so this twply coder just did that too, which was adapt a best practice from inane fb apps and qik et al to his intentions (which apparently started with “i want a truck of people to use this” and ended when he got his wish).

    is a tweet saying “hey i’m live streaming on _service_, come chat” automatically any better than this ? frankly, it’s worse, isn’t it? if you’re a qik user do you see how annoying this “feature” makes you on twitter? whereas new signups to a service – at least that only happens once….

  44. happy new year !!! nobody cares about your privacy unless it’s you, and advertising pays for everything, so caveat registror. i have been rendered immune to caring about this by the parade of throwaway facebook apps + the news feed – this simply seems like an “i got bit by a vampire ! do you want to get bit too ?” for the twitter crowd.

    this service at least strikes me as useful. someone was apparently trying to do something helpful for others, and if the final payoff was $1200 i mean that sounds pretty coder-altruistic to me. i don’t see a ponzi scheme brewing inside this guy’s head. this simply seems like a case study in contagion, and quite likely will become a “best practice” for a certain class of projects – as Eric Rice points out, it’s Qik and Brightkite and such which proclaimed to the world “hey coders, you can program robots to talk into twitter, it’s cool, no biggie”. so this twply coder just did that too, which was adapt a best practice from inane fb apps and qik et al to his intentions (which apparently started with “i want a truck of people to use this” and ended when he got his wish).

    is a tweet saying “hey i’m live streaming on _service_, come chat” automatically any better than this ? frankly, it’s worse, isn’t it? if you’re a qik user do you see how annoying this “feature” makes you on twitter? whereas new signups to a service – at least that only happens once….

  45. happy new year !!! nobody cares about your privacy unless it’s you, and advertising pays for everything, so caveat registror. i have been rendered immune to caring about this by the parade of throwaway facebook apps + the news feed – this simply seems like an “i got bit by a vampire ! do you want to get bit too ?” for the twitter crowd.

    this service at least strikes me as useful. someone was apparently trying to do something helpful for others, and if the final payoff was $1200 i mean that sounds pretty coder-altruistic to me. i don’t see a ponzi scheme brewing inside this guy’s head. this simply seems like a case study in contagion, and quite likely will become a “best practice” for a certain class of projects – as Eric Rice points out, it’s Qik and Brightkite and such which proclaimed to the world “hey coders, you can program robots to talk into twitter, it’s cool, no biggie”. so this twply coder just did that too, which was adapt a best practice from inane fb apps and qik et al to his intentions (which apparently started with “i want a truck of people to use this” and ended when he got his wish).

    is a tweet saying “hey i’m live streaming on _service_, come chat” automatically any better than this ? frankly, it’s worse, isn’t it? if you’re a qik user do you see how annoying this “feature” makes you on twitter? whereas new signups to a service – at least that only happens once….

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