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annoyed with guru im'ers bad twitter behavior

Postby terrapin719 » Tue May 19, 2009 8:00 am

I started writing a discussion here and ended up making it a post on my blog because it got kind of lengthy on me.

Post on Easy Wahm Websites about bad twitteetiquette and linking straight to a download

I've seen this happen twice in the past week where IM guru types linked straight to a download in their twitter message without making people aware that it was a download. Maybe I'm over-reacting here, but I think this is just awful twitter behavior, and a little tacky and sneaky on top of that.

Generally speaking when people click on a link in Twitter they expect to get more info, an article or something, not a download directly to their computer. What do you guys think of this method of sharing?

(okay so I got lengthy again.... I tried not to type so much LOL)
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Postby CorpRebel » Tue May 19, 2009 8:28 am

I can agree that putting a "download" link in ANY site (not just twitter) without mentioning that it IS a download link is wrong.

You're right about the potential of viruses, malware etc. I'm also not fond of the short url type links either. But in twitter it DOES make sense.

But if it's someone I'm familar with and like then I not too worried. But I wouldn't be happy with the above scenario.


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Postby lisamariemary » Tue May 19, 2009 8:36 am

I don't think you're overreacting at all! And I think it's very tacky and sneaky - exactly!
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Postby angienewton » Tue May 19, 2009 10:01 am

Tacky, very tacky! I would report them if I got something like that. With all the viruses out there I don't want to take the chance. I am always nervous clicking any links that turn to those tiny url's. I try to open them on the old laptop that I only use for Tweetdeck so if anything happens, it's not a total loss.
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Postby terrapin719 » Tue May 19, 2009 12:30 pm

Glad I'm not the only one that feels that way about it. As far as I can tell from reading Twitter's rules and policies they haven't done anything wrong. I did send a note to Twitter to ask about linking to things that are instant downloads. I'll let you know what I find out from them.
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