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Michelle's corner

Michelle Knight. Writer, photographer, programmer, truck driver and general, all round nut case. Life is a journey and that's what this blog will probably end up being. Let's see where we go, eh? ;-)

Currently reading

Science and Philosophy in the Indian Buddhist Classics
Dalai Lama XIV, Ian Coghlan
Progress: 23/433 pages

Thinning the herd

Spam followers never really occurred to me, regarding this platform. I mean, why do it? How many people are really going to read a spam profile?


Personally, my time means that I can't investigate all the profiles. Plus, I only started paying extra special attention when the follower count was slowly working its way towards 1,000. I thought, "I'm going to have to do something special to celebrate." ... and something did hatch and I am working on it.


The situation was compounded by the fact that I run blocking systems to stay safe. U-Block Origin, No-Script and Privacy Badger. They do a lot of good work protecting me from malicious scripts, although configuring them and staying on top of things takes a bit of patience and work.


Those blocking systems was preventing me from even knowing that there was a ban option on the followers.


Tonight, I fired up a different browser without the protections, and started to go slowly through the followers, loading them one by one, to check that they aren't solid profiles, before banning them.


I'm now down to below 700 followers, and that's going to get a lot lower as I continue.


The 1,000 celebration? Well, that's not going to stop me. I'm still working on finding an artist... and then I'll have something to show you. But it's going to take months. Well, it's not as if I'm going to reach 1,000 any time soon ;-)