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  10. Like you I’m less worried about commercial spam than social spam.

    Commercial spam is easy to deal with – it’s a quick delete and/or block.

    But only this morning, one of my FB friends has been social spamming their religious beliefs for about a week now has finally put me over the edge. It’s time to mute I think. I probably won’t defriend though – I generally reserve that for offensive rather than spammy behaviour.

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  13. Majority hates spammers! It’s a fact but what if you’re personal contacts are spammers? Would you unfollow, delete or block a friend? It’s not a rare scenario were we see our drunken friend rant or have a contact who purposely posts vain photos of herself or himself in one setting with different angles and the like . Then again, for some it is irritating. Good thing facebook has a new tool that filter out newsfeeds. However, I haven’t seen this for twitter, tumblr and the like. It is so hard to be with an annoying friend so the best thing that we can do is definitely to ignore if we don;t want to hurt them.

  14. Oh! I had this the other day. I signed up for a Sydney social event type thing (Lime and Tonic) and was greeted with a ‘personal’ email from the director who wanted to reach out to me (I thought that was nice) so I tweeted him to see if he’d reply.
    He did, and told me it was from him (cool!) so I replied, and followed him.
    Then got a DM from him (below) that turned the whole thing back into another automated and rather un-personal experience so I scrapped the whole idea.

    “Thanks for the follow- don’t forget to check out [[link to his site was here] @vicconsult #AutoResponder”

    Of course, he’s welcome to set up such things, but I personally hate them. It might be a bit precious, but I’m online to interact with people. Follower numbers etc mean nothing, chatting and starting conversations means everything.

  15. In regards to commercial spam, I only follow companies/products/brands that I want to receive updates from, if I find the signal-to-noise ratio swinging too heavily, I will simply unfollow them. For social spam, on Facebook I will tend to ignore posts/updates that I don’t find interesting and only interact on the ones I find interesting. It was likely important to that person, so I don’t find a reason to be negative. If a person continually posts things that upset/bug me, I might unfollow them or in some cases, engage in a friendly discussion if I think it’s necessary. Bot spam I usually just ignore, the amount of effort needed to block it is more than the my ability to skip and read the next line of positive information.

  16. On Twitter, I select “report spam” and that automatically blocks them too. I like the fact that it’s just one button. For what you call “social spam”, I would unfollow on Twitter and either “hide” or adjust the exposure controls on Facebook. I personally love seeing my friends’ baby photos but hate Farmville notifications.

  17. Shuck, I like the attention and at least you get mail so usually return the love by hiring a mob out of Karachi who return 20 social media messages across all platforms for each one they send me. Love makes the world go round I thought but many spammers seem to stop soon after I start? #sociallymisunderstood

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