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Matt Cutts: Recently someone registered a Twitter account name “mattcuttsmapxl,” which is very similar to my Twitter account name. The account was following many of the same people I follow, which is pretty annoying because people had to check whether it was me or not (it wasn’t). The account got suspended, but someone made a new account to claim that the “mattcuttsmapxl” wasn’t spam...
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from Harith 1910 Days ago #
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Just wish to add:lets take a look at the chache dated 21. jan 2009 of the said account (now suspended), “mattcuttsmapxl” profile on Twitter: ————– * Name mattcutts * Location United States * Bio Mattcutts ——————– And as you see too on the above mentioned chache, and as Matt mentioned in his current post, the account “mattcuttsmapxl” was following many of the same people Matt follows.

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from seanmag 1908 Days ago #
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Ironic that a guy who has adopted Fred Flinstone’s likeness (for whatever reason), and probably in violation of copyright laws, would champion a violation as miniscule as this!  Haha!

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from amabaie 1908 Days ago #
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Hey there, Harith or fred or Whoever you are.  Seanmag has a point.  I have to admit, no malice intended, but his comment made me laugh.  I just could nto resist responding to it.

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from Harith 1908 Days ago #
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Back to the subject of this thread :-)To those who are not aware of the seriousness of this matter and the harm done by those who are impersonalizing the genuine owners of some Twitter accounts, I wish to recall two comments posted on Matt’s blog in addition to two comments posted on Twitter yesterday:----------------------- <h3 class="commenttitle">Kate Morris Said,</h3> January 23, 2009 @ 6:39 am To those wondering how people wouldn’t notice, you have to understand that Twitter emails are titled “You are now being followed by {Real Name}”. So the email people got said that they were being followed by “matt cutts”. 1. How cool would it be if Matt Cutts followed you all of a sudden? I mean tons of people would have been so excited they wouldn’t have checked the screen name. 2. I don’t know about everyone else, but I get a lot of email and breeze through a lot of it. I skim a lot, but this stood out because Matt was already following me. If he was really trying to just follow his mentor, then he shouldn’t have had the bio and list the “real name” that he did. The email issue wouldn’t have happened if this guy had listed HIS real name and then the screen name he chose. So I don’t believe him AND think he’s full of it. Can’t believe he fought for it so much. It would have brought tons of interest and perhaps followers not paying attention, but he got caught. ----------------------------------------- <h3 class="commenttitle">Tamar Weinberg Said,</h3> January 23, 2009 @ 8:18 am Original Dave, when the Matt Cutts impersonator followed me, I received an email notification saying: “mattcutts is following you on Twitter.” (…which is exactly what Kate Morris said happens.) Only when I clicked on the email itself did I see that that the name was not associated with “mattcutts” but “mattcuttsmapxl.” It is misleading and still is impersonation. People followed back because they ASSUMED the person was Matt Cutts. Also, why should people be expected to know what username Matt maintains on Twitter? (Matt shared it in his blog post because not everyone knew, I bet!) To that point, I have plenty of friends on Twitter whose usernames are not what I expected them to be. Further, this isn’t an isolated incident. This issue has been happening throughout the week with spammers trying to capitalize on selling books and then some. I’m happy that Twitter took action and hope that Twitter continues to do so. It’s too bad that the spammers can’t assert authority under their own identities and that they can only be perceived to have influence by assuming another person’s identity. I feel sorry for all of those people. @panzermike: There’s also a “Cuttlets” group on Facebook for Matt’s fans <img class="wp-smiley" src="                  

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from Harith 1908 Days ago #
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And here is what my kind Twitter friend @toddmintz  wrote yesterday :It looks like the person who spammed my followers earlier this week with @ toddmintz_ cost me about 2 dozen followers according to my stats. ---------------------------------Furthermore, here is what another kind Twitter friend @sauravVermawrote on Twitter yesterday too:@Harith I had a couple of fake accounts following me: namely Andy Beal_, Lisa Barone_.. why can’t people just be them.-------------------

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from seanmag 1908 Days ago #
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Nothing personal Harith, but if it were anyone other than Matt Cutts (or another popular person), that wrote this post, it wouldn’t garner more than a few Sphinns - and as I said - it certainly doesn’t merit the front page.  All you’re doing is promoting SPAM tactics that are widely known.So, my question to you is "What’s the value to the community?"On a separate note:<i>"1. How cool would it be if Matt Cutts followed you all of a sudden? I mean tons of people would have been so excited they wouldn’t have checked the screen name."</i>That’s the funniest line I’ve read in a very long time!

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from Jill 1908 Days ago #
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Harith, please don’t post entire comments by others. Snippets are fine, and everyone can click over to the original post and read the comments.

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from Harith 1908 Days ago #
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Jill,Thanks. Shall keep it in mind in future :-)

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from simple 1908 Days ago #
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mattcutts and mattcuttsmapxl both are totally different. If the names could have been: matcutts or mattcuts, or mattcutt then one cud say that he was trying to inpersonate.

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from Askjamiescott 1907 Days ago #
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my friend talked me into setting twitter up and has given me some useful tips on how to set it up correctly in order to get noticed, this article has given me a few more tips and i find it highly helpful.

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from charlieanzman 1897 Days ago #
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I’m getting about one or two of these ’fake followers’ a day now.  It’s getting annoying.  Anyone know of a reporting tool?

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from seanmag 1740 Days ago #
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Not a front page worthy article, coupled with the fact that you’re only further exacerbating the problem by giving it attention.

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from Jill 1740 Days ago #
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agree with sean. This really isn’t a sphinn-worthy article. It’s unfortunate it’s already gone hot. Fake twitter accts are being set up all the time.

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from zigojacko 1740 Days ago #
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Not Sphinn worthy in my opinion. Certainly no point it being on the front page.

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from pmctosh 1740 Days ago #
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I think it’s pathetic that something like this can garner attention on the front page.This is nothing more than a casual water cooler mention,an oh by the way.

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