Twitter Blocking Is Pointless

buzz bishop future shop tech blogI am a Twitterholic. It’s true. If you follow me on Twitter you’ll notice that I have a tendency to plug the Twitterfon, Tweetdeck and Twitteriffic apps directly to my brain and download the information directly to the web as soon as it passes my synapses.

That can be annoying to some, but don’t try to block me. It’s pointless. I’ve tried to block Twitterstalkers myself, but the effort is an exercise in futility.

First let’s flip over to the Twitter FAQ and find out what the little birdie has to say about blocking:

If you block someone, they wont be able to follow you or send you any messages. If your account is public, they’ll still be able to view it, but they wont show up on your followers list, and you wont be on their following list. If it’s a spammer you’re blocking, thanks! Twitter Support keeps an eye on block reports to see who’s getting in trouble on Twitter.

Actually they can still send you messages, they just can’t send you direct messages. And that’s part of the problem of blocking someone one Twitter, you’re not really blocking them at all.

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This article has been submitted to Future Shop’s Tech Blog where I contribute Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays.



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