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Andrew Teman

Posts tagged spam
I’ve noticed two things recently about Twitter spam. First, I’ve seen a huge uptick in spam accounts “Favoriting” my tweets as a means to get my attention. Not sure if the idea here is that it’s less expected to be spammy (versus a random @ reply with a link), but it’s becoming more common. 
 Second, lots of Twitter spam accounts are starting to look like the above, and they’re hilarious. Clearly these are bots and/or non-native English speakers, and the mishmash of phrasing and wording in the bios, is great. 
 They’re obviously designed to mimic the most common territory for legit Twitter users (gaming, bacon, social media, music, entrepreneurship, etc), but the language is  just  off enough, where it has some comedic value.

I’ve noticed two things recently about Twitter spam. First, I’ve seen a huge uptick in spam accounts “Favoriting” my tweets as a means to get my attention. Not sure if the idea here is that it’s less expected to be spammy (versus a random @ reply with a link), but it’s becoming more common.

Second, lots of Twitter spam accounts are starting to look like the above, and they’re hilarious. Clearly these are bots and/or non-native English speakers, and the mishmash of phrasing and wording in the bios, is great.

They’re obviously designed to mimic the most common territory for legit Twitter users (gaming, bacon, social media, music, entrepreneurship, etc), but the language is just off enough, where it has some comedic value.

Emailed Receipts

Does anyone out there know what the laws are concerning a retailer signing a user up to an email list, when that user gives their email address to the retailer specifically for the purposes of receiving their purchase receipt via email?

I am suspicious that certain retailers (namely Urban Outfitters), are offering to email you the receipts when you make an in-store purchase, but then also signing you up for their email list at the same time. Which sounds sketchy.

Particularly since there is no mention of this email list signup at the time of the transaction, nor is it mentioned on the printed receipts, or the site privacy policy.

Some quick Googling around, found others who ran into the same experience:

I got the receipt.  Deleted it before I even read the email and then I looked up at my other new emails and I have a second email from Urban Outfitters.  It said “Hello! Thanks for Signing Up to Receive Urban Outfitters Emails!“

But I was unable to find anything regarding the law here, and if they are within its bounds. Either way, it just feels wrong.