Hi Dewald,

In fact you partly answered it yourself.

Random login CAPTCHA's when logging in to twitter, or the occasional
one if flagged based on users tweets to have once to fill one in to
send a tweet.

Algorithms, especially to to detect accounts that send 98%-100% links
in tweets.

Legal account, which I'm sure they are already doing.

Algorithms like pascal mentioned, to pick up on likely spam behaviour.

Improving the report spam feature on twitters website, and actively
encourage other users to report spam.

Stop the twitter accounts of the twitter spam software from being able
to run, i.e @tweettankone and their variant accounts which are site
hacking sites.

Education to users, that twitter should be used for engagement not to
spam links and churn followers.

Change up the site code fields that send tweets, or reliant data to
have 1000's of variants, so if the site changes too much, or something
the site hackers rely on, the information will change too frequently.

Those are a few of my ideas.

Alan :)

On Feb 24, 9:38 pm, Dewald Pretorius <dpr...@gmail.com> wrote:
> Apart from implementing reCAPTCHA on tweet submission, follow, and
> unfollow, I can't see what Twitter can do to prevent that kind of
> abuse (can you imagine the revolt by bona fide users?). How else do
> you determine that it is an actual human and not a piece of automated
> software behind the browser on the user's desktop or laptop? The only
> other option is legally, and that depends on the country of residence
> of the owners of the software. At this point in time, it appears that
> anyone who is able to and have the inclination to write desktop
> software that bypasses the API might have carte blanche to do so.
> On Feb 24, 7:00 am,AlanHamlyn<alanhamlyn...@gmail.com> wrote:
> > Spam applications like Tweetadder, TheTweetTank and many others like
> > it are currently hacking the website to get round oauth and basic auth
> > restrictions - what is Twitter doing to level the playing field for
> > serious developers who use oauth and follow Twitter guidelines?
> > Many thanks in advance,
> >AlanHamlyn
> > MarketMeSuite

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