Category Archives: Twitter

Finding Followers on Twitter

Someone raised a very good question on the Google Groups listserv for 23 Things Kansas this weekend as to why searching by username through the “Find People” feature on Twitter wasn’t working. Here’s my response:

I’m not sure why that doesn’t work. I did a quick Google search, and found out this from Twitter help:

As late as 02/08/10 – “We are still in the process of improving our Find People search. We hope to release these improvements soon.”

Update 3/2: Twitter supposedly will have the Find People feature fixed this week. Here’s a screenshot of the information. (thanks @Twitter_Tips for the tip!)

Instead, to add people that I already have Twitter usernames for, I just go directly to people’s timelines to click the follow button there. (Here’s my timeline, for example.). Here’s some more information on how to find people to follow on Twitter.

I’ll admit, I have never used the Find People on Twitter function. Instead, as I started following people when I began my Twitter account three years ago, I’d look at other people’s followers’ lists and who they were “talking to” (@ replies) and who they were retweeting information from. If someone looked interesting, had the same interests as me, or posted helpful information, I’d follow them. I also look at people’s lists. Remember, I linked to several lists in the Twitter lesson that I had set up of different librarians and other topic areas. Let me know if you have more questions about this.

Hope these tips help!

Dealing with Spam & Phishing Scams on Twitter

As we all know, the Internet is wonderful place full of lots of good information, but it’s also full of bad an sometimes dangerous information. Some of you may have noticed that you have been receiving Spam messages or “weird” followers on Twitter and aren’t quite sure how to deal with it. The following articles might help:

If you think one of your Twitter friends have been phished or their account hacked it’s always a good idea to send them a nice Direct Message letting them know their account may have been compromised. If this is someone you followed knowingly or actually know, most likely they aren’t doing this maliciously. You should only report people as Spam if they seem to be using Twitter in an intentional malicious way.

Another way to protect yourself from immediately getting followed by these spammers or unwanted types of Twitter users, is to make your account private. How you do this after setting up your account is this: login into your Twitter account and click on Settings in the top right of the screen. Then down at the bottom of the Settings screen (under the Account tab, the first one), look for Tweet Privacy:. Check the box next to Protect my tweets. Checking this box will make your tweets only visible to those you allow to follow you on Twitter; it also allows you to accept or deny any new followers.

Finally, here is a great article about how to protect yourself from phishing in Facebook. The tips can be applied to any social
networking site or website.

Again, the Internet is a great place to network and learn and find information, as you’ve been finding out in 23 Things Kansas, but it’s not perfect. Just like computers have anti-virus software on them, you have to know how to protect your online accounts from these problems.

Please don’t hestitate to ask Janelle or Heather if you have any further questions about this, or leave a comment on this post.

Have a great weekend!