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Unrelated tweetbacks spamming comments (18 posts)

  1. Delete Me
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    I've gotten over 3000 unrelated inexplicable tweetbacks that make no sense, and yet show up in my comments for whatever reason. Tweets from a jeanlink and other Twitterers in foreign languages. I have no idea why this is happening, but I have since deactivated the plugin.

  2. archshrk
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Same here but I only got about 500 of these tweets. I've deactivated the plugin and have been deleting the tweet comments. One common part of the tweets was "Error: The URL entered was not valid." showed up somewhere in the comment. If I follow the link to the tweet, I find things like this. None of these comments showed up in my email notification so I had no warning, just happened to notice.

  3. gcoghill
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    I am getting this comment flooding as well.

    Note that in the plugins settings, you can bulk delete all these comments at once. I have left the plugin installed (but inactive) in case this issue gets fixed, but in the meantime it's been deactivated.

    I am on the latest public releases of WP 2.7 and the K2 theme. I am also a pluing junkie so conflicts might be tough to track down.

  4. Joost de Valk
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Version 1.4, which I just committed, should have fixed this issue. There's a clean up function on the plugins settings panel btw!

  5. jshare
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Just tried version 1.4.1 on WPMU 2.6.5. The clean up didn't do anything. I'm assuming this is because I'm on WPMU, can you confirm?

    In my case over 20000 tweets have been tracked in just one day but since they're unrelated, at least they're not getting displayed on site anywhere.

  6. mlanger
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    I caught the spam problem when about 250+ spam tweetbacks appeared in my comments panel and shut the plugin down. Before I try again with the latest version (just installed but not yet activated), I want to make sure that this problem has really gone away with the next version. jshare's post here still has me concerned.

  7. Vladimir Prelovac
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Just to confirm the issue as well on 1.4.2. Around 250 unrelated tweetbacks from jeanlink and anthonde over the night

  8. fwood1001
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    I too have had this, with jeanlink, anthonde, az_videogames, az_wii and a like.

    I have used the "Twitter usernames to filter:" in setting and it have for now stoped the most of the unrelated tweetbacks.

  9. thinkstorm
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    yup, here, too... I just installed the new version - glad that I looked at the dashboard :) I used the "cleanup" function on the settings page, and at least all the spam was gone...

    I'm curious what's going to happen tonight :)

  10. michellekostya
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Does anyone know who used the Clean Up function - did it get rid of your non-spam Tweetbacks?
    Is there a way to get rid off mass numbers at once by the same person? I too got 3000 spams - by Jeanlink and Anthonde. I don't want to lose my decent tweetbacks. I turned Tweetback off for now.

  11. archshrk
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    @michellekosta, if there is a common name or phrase that is unique to the spam, add it to your blacklist (under settings->discussion). This will instantly move all such tweets to your comment spam folder. Just be careful not to use something too common as it may catch valid tweets. For example, don't filter tinyurl because many people on twitter use that service, but filter out specific urls like tinyurl,com/df094evh since that link would only be used once. If it shows up hundreds of times, it's spam.

  12. Jeff Byrnes
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    michellekostya, what you can do (and what I have done) is use the Clean Up to remove everything, then leave Tweetback running, and it will collect your good tweetbacks again, assuming the link(s) are still active.

  13. Jeff Byrnes
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    @archshrk hey that's a great idea, thanks for posting that instead!

  14. Delete Me
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Are the unrelated tweets coming from the same group of Twitterers? I've tried to installed 1.4.x and still these tweets keep on coming. Is it a bug, or is this a problem germane to Twitter where I would have to filter out the bad tweets by name?

  15. mediaczar
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    I'm seeing the same links from jeanlink, anthonde, az_videogames, az_wii -- so suggests some similarity (see @fwood1001's comment above)

    I've been deleting in phpMyAdmin -- I'm seeing a few hundred or a few thousand of these at a time. (see: http://img.skitch.com/20090117-b8aucbm17s45sqxr7cuptbjbxc.jpg for image!)

    Looks like they pop back every so often

  16. tycity
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    I'm still deleting these spam tweets - at 8000 now. What a nightmare.

  17. MMS911GE
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Tweetback is also causing another Problem, I did not only get thousands of spam tweets, somehow these spams also managed to get into my feed.

    So my Problem: I have some dutch Spam in my feed. After 15 posts, there are about 10 posts I did not put into my feed. They are quite embarassing. Which is very bad for a business blog.

    So my question to joostdevalk is: “How do I get rird of it?”

    The strange thing is, you cannot see the Spam Posts if you visit my blog. You can only see it if you subsribe to the feed via google feedreader.

    I advice anybody using tweetbacks, to check with google feedreader if the feed is okay.

    So Mr. joostdevalk please help, you plugin caused this problem, now I need a solution.

    All the best,

    Michael

  18. MMS911GE
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    ATTENTION: Tweetbacks is not only causing comment spam, but somehow who ever missues this plugin, can also introduce spamm in the feed.

    What I did is, I upgraded WordPress to 2.7 und I also upgraded the tweetbacks plugin to the newest version. Then I deleted the comment spam manually. Afterwords I also used the clean function. Then I uninstalled the plugin again.

    Afterwords I exported my feed, to check if anything is still in there. Ok, it is clean now.

    BUT: Google Reader is caching things forever, so the SPAM will remain in my feed there and I can not do anything about it, because there is now way to talk with google about this.

    So I strongly advise anybody to very careful with this plugin.

    Michael

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