Have The Gremlins Invaded Twitter?

I’m not what you would call an avid Twitter fan, but I do use it occasionally. The one thing that I don’t like about Twitter is the nonsensical Tweets left by a lot of users. This is the main reason why I am very particular about those I choose to follow. I also make it a habit of checking to make sure that those I am following are also returning the favor.

Lately I’ve noticed a very strange abnormality, and I will go into that shortly. I normally use Friend Or Follow to keep track of those who decide to stop following me, but I decided to use another service just to make sure that the results were the same. That other service, Tweepular, is a bit slower but more entertaining. :smile1_ee:

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Anyway, the abnormality I was noticing was that I was following people I had never heard of? By this I mean that I never chose to follow them, and if this is the case how is it possible that I’m following them against my wishes? Is this a scam of sorts that someone has concocted to boost up their follower numbers? If so, it’s bullshit and now that I know I will be keeping tabs on them and deleting them on a more regular basis.

So, has anyone else noticed this, or am I just losing the plot?

EDIT: Sheryl Loch, one of my favorite bloggers put me onto this post she did at the Internet Marketers Guild, of which I am a member. It’s about finding who has access to your Twitter Account, and how to divest them of this control.


My good mate Mitch wrote a very interesting article entitled Bloggers Can’t Hide Behind Fake Names Anymore And Defame Others and as usual we are having a bit of a discussion, which is cool, because that is what commenting is all about. Right at the beginning of the post Mitch said ,

I believe drug testing for most jobs is a violation of privacy

to which I took the liberty to disagree. I truly believe that an employer has the right to have a drug-free workforce because he is obligated to protect the other employees as well as those who come into contact with them personally or through some action attributed to their drug induced state. The Australian Government knowing that people under the influence of drugs can cause accidents has introduced random drug testing of drivers, who  if caught are fined and can even lose their license.

There can be many types of employment where an employer may want to have prospective employees drug tested including drivers of public transport, operators of heavy equipment, officers in the law court, surgeons and pretty well any job where an employer can expect any prospective employee to maintain 100% of their attention while on the job. Heck, even athletes have to go through it and not too many complain about them having their privacy invaded.

Now, Mitch has the opinion that my thinking is skewed because I happen to be an employer, and perhaps this is true, so I am putting this out there to see what some of you may think.

Here are some links to books on the subject:

  • The Employee Rights Handbook: The Essential Guide for People on the Job
  • Your Rights in the Workplace
  • Every Employee’s Guide to the Law

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    Cash Burners And Their Electronic Super Cigarette

    I’ve only just recently joined another affiliate called Cash Burners, but not because their motto is ‘Make So Much Money…..You Can Burn It! It wasn’t even the $50 welcome bonus they are offering all new affiliates. Nope, the reason behind joining Cash Burners had more to do with a particular range of products they had on offer, products that were necessary for my Top Sexual Aids blog. The site is so skewed to the sex industry that I had to search for an add devoid of naked women to use as a banner for this post. :smirk2_ee:

    Unlike a lot of affiliates these guys are willing to accept webmasters / bloggers from all over the world. I found this particularly refreshing as it gets a little tiring getting knocked back just because I’m an Australian. Another plus was that they offer 40 – 50% rates on products sold. That alone looked very promising.

    The other day I had a bit of free time, something extremely rare in my life, and I decided to explore the site a little further. Much to my surprise they offered more than just sex toys, enhancements, herbal and other products aimed at sexual health.

    A product that caught my attention was their Super Cigarette. I’ve always thought that smoking was a filthy habit and it’s always amazed me how people can knowingly pollute their body. It’s not like 50 or so years ago when people were ignorant of the effects that smoking has on their body, as today it’s well advertised and here in Australia there are very graphic images of it’s effects on every cigarette packet sold and still they smoke.

    The obvious reason for this is they can’t kick the nicotine habit. I even know of people who have tried nicotine patches and gum but without success, and they find it extremely frustrating because they know of people who were successful using those products.

    It kind of makes you wonder whether it’s more than just the nicotine. Perhaps it also has something to do with the routine involved with smoking. Perhaps holding the cigarette and puffing on it has a calming effect? If this is the case then the Super Cigarette could be the answer.

    The Super Cigarette looks, feels and tastes like the real thing. The smoker has all the sensations involved with smoking a cigarette but with none of the bad side effects. Imagine being able to get a nicotine fix, without breathing in the cancer causing carcinogens, and other poisons that you find in your normal cigarette.

    Rather than me rehashing how this is done, you will get a much more concise explanation of the intricate workings of this electronic cigarette by visiting their Home Page. Perhaps this product can help some people to finally give up smoking.

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