Administering the Voight-Kampff Test to a Spammer

I was minding my own business on Twitter when I noticed a random spam @ reply from an unknown user.

Encouraged by this user’s random drive-by direct spamming behavior, I decided to determine whether the user was a robot or human spammer. Inspired by a similar thing that recently happened to Bre Pettis over IM, I administered the Voight-Kampff Test to find out. Here’s the exchange:

@marki12 passed the Voight-Kampff Test

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  • I get new people following me on twitter who feel the need to say things like:

    “Thanks for the follow. Tweet on!”

    “Thank you for following my Twitter updates! I hope I can add some value and a smile for you each day.”

    “Thanks for following me, let me know if you ever need any streaming media services. “

    “Thanks for following my Tweets! I look forward to getting aquainted! What are you currently working on?”

    Dude – read my tweets.

    And the most frustratiing of all:

    “thanks for the follow…so what do you do?”

    Hello? Have you heard about the internet? It's your birthday! Ha ha.

    I'll try your test on some of these people.

  • I love people's enthusiasm, but this guy was just randomly spamming people he didn't know or follow about his granite kitchen counter top business. A perfect candidate for Voight-Kampff!. Would love to see your results, Steve.

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  • Boy, am I glad he didn't say, “Let me tell you about my mother”.

  • Yeah, that coulda gotten a little messy.

  • Tammy Harris

    your blog is great 520 gratz!

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