Twitter Search Yields Email Addresses

The blogosphere has been abuzz with reports of spammers using Twitter's own search feature to grow their spam databases. A simple search with "" or "email me" will return pages of people broadcasting their email addresses to the public timeline. Is this bad? Yes, but those users should know better than to broadcast their thoughts in the public timeline.

What bothers me the most about Twitter's search feature is that once a tweet has been posted to the public timeline, it can't be removed from it. It can be deleted, but it will still show up in the public timeline for weeks to come. As a proof of concept, I refer you to my earlier blog post on the subject.

Src: Spammers harvesting emails from Twitter - in real time |

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