How Many People Have To Report Twitter User In Order To Get The Spammer Banned

How Many people Have To Report Twitter User In order To get The Spammer Banned

Twitter spam is a major issue. If you tweet a popular term (“iPad”, “iPhone”), you will almost certainly get a spam account reply. These responses often consist of a link or some text followed by a link. They’re usually easy to spot since they have the standard Twitter egg avatar. Because spammers are a smart bunch, they now attempt to make their accounts seem as genuine as possible while polluting Twitter with their feces.

Until yet, any attempt by Twitter to remove spam seems to be ineffective (though it would be far worse if they did nothing), thus a large portion of the job of identifying and banning spammers is left to us, the Twitter users. Depending on how much Twitter spam you get, this might be a tedious–and time-consuming– job if you were determined to report every spammer who responded to you. For others, the quantity of spam dampens the pleasure of using Twitter. It’s just useless for others.

What happens if a spammer is reported?

According to Twitter’s support literature, the offending user is barred from following or responding to you, and the account is placed in a queue for evaluation by Twitter. “You may not see this account suspended immediately or definitively,” Twitter says.

On both OS X and iOS, I’ve tried a variety of Twitter apps. Here’s a list of some of the clients and the number of taps (or clicks) required to report spam. As you’ll see, some are better than others. Except for one, they all need three or four clicks or taps to report a spammer.

Of test the route to reporting a spammer, I used each app and first searched for “iPad,” then reported the first spam tweet I saw.

Here’s the whole report on a set of applications and the number of clicks or taps needed. Below the table, in the same sequence, is a detailed explanation of each app’s interaction. Please take note that I have included several alternative reporting routes based on input from great individuals on Twitter. On iOS applications, I also count a touch to scroll as a tap. On OS X, I don’t consider moving the mouse to be an action.

How many clicks or taps are required to report a spammer?

This is comparable to other Twitter programs, such as Tweet deck (they use similar web interfaces). On Twitter.com, it just takes three clicks to report a spammer.

  1. Click on the offending tweet’s name or avatar.
  2. Navigate to the user icon menu.
  3. Select “Report [username] as spam.”

Twitter for iOS

It takes four taps from the main timeline to report and block a spammer.

  1. Tap the objectionable tweet to open it.
  2. At the top, tap the user box.
  3. Select the User (icon) menu.
  4. Select “Report Spam.”

You may also right-swipe the problematic tweet and choose the User option, which takes you to Step 3 above. You must still go to the User menu and choose “Report Spam.”

Tweet deck

It just takes three clicks from the main timeline to report and ban a spammer.

  1. Click on the spam tweet’s avatar.
  2. Select the User (icon) menu.
  3. Click the “Report [account name] for spam” button.

OS X is Twitter-worthy.

It just takes three clicks from the main timeline to report and ban a spammer.

  1. Click on the spam tweet’s avatar.
  2. Navigate to the Actions menu.
  3. Click on “Block” to choose it.

Alternatively, you may right-click on the offending tweet’s avatar, choose “Report as Spam,” and then confirm. Even so, three clicks.

iOS Twitter

It just takes three taps from the main timeline to report and block a spammer.

Tap the avatar of the offending tweet.

Select the Actions option.

Select “Report Spammer.”

Alternatively, you may touch and hold on the problematic tweet’s avatar, choose “Report as Spam,” and then confirm. Even so, three taps.

Tweet Bot for iPad

In Tweet Bot for iPad, there are two methods to report a spammer. The video just shows the first.

It takes three taps from the main timeline to report and block a spammer.

  1. Tap on the spam tweet’s avatar.
  2. Tap the (/) icon in the top navigation bar.
  3. Select “Report Spam.”

You may also utilize Tweet Bot’s shortcut to access user actions.

  1. Tap and hold the avatar of the user.
  2. Select the “Report for Spam” option.
  3. To confirm, tap.

Tweet Bot for iPhone

It takes four taps from the main timeline to report and block a spammer.

  1. Tap on the spam tweet’s avatar.
  2. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen by tapping.
  3. Select the “Block or Report as Spam” option.
  4. Select “Report Spam.”

You may also utilize Tweet Bot’s shortcut to access user actions.

  1. Tap and hold the avatar of the user.
  2. Select the “Report for Spam” option.

To confirm, tap.

OS X Echophony

It takes four clicks from the main timeline to report and ban a spammer.

  1. Click on the offensive tweet’s username or avatar.
  2. Select the gear menu.
  3. Select the “Report for spam…” option.
  4. Click “Complaint for Spam” to confirm the report.

With only three clicks, you may report a spammer from the @ responses tab. Right-click on the offensive tweet, choose Report Spammer, and then confirm your action.

 

Echophony for iOS

It just takes 5 clicks on the iPhone’s main timeline to report and ban a spammer.

  1. Select the offending tweet.
  2. Select the user’s name.
  3. Scroll down to the bottom of the display by tapping.
  4. Select “Block.”
  5. Select “Block & Report Spam.”

If you’re using an iPad, there’s no need to scroll, so it’s just four touches instead of five.

Hootsuite

It just takes three clicks from the main timeline to report and ban a spammer.

  1. Click on the offending tweet’s name or avatar.
  2. Click “Report Spammer” in the user window.
  3. Click “OK” to confirm the report.

Titivator

It takes four taps from the main timeline to report and block a spammer. I attempted this using the free version but was asked to upgrade to the premium version when I attempted to block the spammer in the fourth step.

Tap the offending tweet’s avatar.

Select “Mute / Block / Notify.”

Select “Report as Spammer.”

Assume you’ll need to confirm here.

Habari

A spammer may be reported and blocked in three clicks. I used Habari trial to put this to the test.

  1. Select the problematic tweet by right-clicking it.
  2. Select “Report as Spam.”
  3. To confirm the spam complaint, click the “Report as Spam” button.
  4. Report with a Single Click

Only one application that I’ve read about allows for single-click spam reporting. Dr. Drag’s Dr. Toot. The software is accessible on GitHub, where you may download and test it out. According to the README for Dr. Toot:

Dr. Toot offers spam reporting with a single click.

So, there you have it.

Dr. Toot’s one-click spam reporting feature was added in February 2012, and after a report, mentions are removed from the Twitter stream and the offending tweet is crossed out.

Final Thoughts

There are various types of clicks or taps. On Tweet Bot, for example, the shortcut to report a spammer is still three taps, but those taps are all in the same view. It does not necessitate the loading of new views or scrolling. Those taps are, arguably, superior to those that move you through app views.