"I'm back in business but flooded with a cete of badgers = commercial followers," we twittered this morning (see below for details). Speaking of badgers, one thing led to another in the course of twitter banter, and we ended up at this morsel of Aesopian wisdom that they aren't teaching in public schools anymore, from Fable LII, "The Fox and the Badger": "Like other dealers in untruth, the Fox had not invented what he had said: he had told parts of the facts, and by his manner of telling them, he had led the Badger to misapply them, and draw undue conclusions." WH chief of staff Rahm Emanuel's "You never want a serious crisis to go to waste" comes to mind. (John Connor Press Associates photo)
"I literally doubled my followers every day all day until I was in the Top 200 Most Followed in the world," goes the "testimonial" at Hummingbird, "The Pro Twitter Marketing Tool" — AKA a "twitter automation tool" — that we found flitting about in our Site Meter stats this morning. Could they be the ones who had hijacked our account yesterday, getting us temporarily suspended by twitter? Hummingbird's get-rich-quick sales pitch :
It was painful to see, yet another amazing internet market place, dominated by just a few "top" companies with an unlimited war chest to throw around. I spent hundreds of hours studying these Twitter Power Users and discovered every single trick they employed to generate literally thousands of new followers a day …
I took what I had learned and began developing a software program that quickly and easily distilled all of these secrets into a simple, easy to use tool that would literally auto-pilot me to the top of Twitter.
The Hummingbird folks are asking the fool to part with a mere $197 in return for untold riches. There's one born every minute. We put two and two together this morning when we noticed our email being flooded with new followers already boasting tens of thousands of followers. We're keeping our eye out for these pound-foolish would-be followers and summarily blocking them as they "poor" in.
Update: Final thought. While things are more or less under control, we've still got the nuisance factor of having to individually block each of these would-be followers. Next step, a twitter help ticket to find out how we can get these weasels out of our den.