Twitter has a spam problem. That is no news-flash. However, it seems to have picked up recently in the form of DM (direct message) spam. The message in questions is recommending users to look at a link, the message tends to look like this:
‘Hi! I recommend to visit this link <link here>’
DO NOT CLICK THE LINK. No, the non-clicking isn’t a punishment for the terrible English used within the tweet, but a safeguard for you and your followers. If you click that link, your account will hacked, and all of you mutual followers will receive that message from you. It not only makes you look a little bit silly, but is sure to annoy anybody that clicks the link and falls to the same fate. If you’re a business using Twitter, it doesn’t look great for you to be spamming your followers.
What you need to do if you click a twitter spam DM
1 – Quickly send a public tweet, explaining what has happened and telling people not to click the links
2 – Change your Twitter password – there is no evidence that this works, however it’s wise to do this after any security breach
3 – Go to twitter.com settings > applications and revoke access to anything that looks dodgy
4 – Never, ever click a Twitter spam DM again!!!