I really hate spam and when I get spamish followers on Twitter I don’t follow back. Can you make use of them though? Yes you can. Here’s an extract from a guide I’m working on:
How Twitter posts work
Whenever you go to Twitter you see a snapshot of recent tweets. As the number of people you follow grows that snapshot becomes a tiny window through which you look at a huge panorama. You will not see the vast majority of the tweets people you follow post. Neither will your followers see most of your tweets unless you put their twitter username in the post.
My Twitter friend Aaron Hatman – @aaronhatman probably won’t see a post like this:
‘New topless Rhianna picture! pic.twitter.com/bAZLbuKL (pic)’
(For those of you who are shocked – it’s not quite what you think).
Aaron would see it if it was posted as:
‘@aaronhatman New topless Rhianna picture! pic.twitter.com/bAZLbuKL(pic)’
Even if Aaron is not using Twitter when the post is made he will see it when he clicks ‘@Connect’ on the Twitter toolbar.