Instead of cranking out cumbersome terms of service Magna Cartas that only lawyers will actually read, Twitter should follow the lead of Mashable and just come out and say what types of users it’s attempting to get rid of.
The site’s Jennifer Van Grove put together a funny, useful list of supposedly now-extinct Twitterfools, including porn site spambots, impersonators, slimy salespeople and username squatting, to name a few.
My favorite of the bunch is her analysis of the hashtag spammer:
Due to the popularity of trending topics, opportunistic Twitterers have discovered that they can potentially reach more eyeballs if they append a trending hashtag to their tweet. The activity is known as hashtag spam, and it’s unfortunately pretty commonplace and often inappropriate, just look at Habitat’s spam tactics as an example.
Thankfully, for those of you who “post multiple unrelated updates to a topic using #,” or “post multiple unrelated updates to a trending or popular topic,” your days may be numbered.
If Twitter actually manages to get rid of the hashtag maniacs, it may be onto something. Twitter users out there, what else would you like to see the social networking site regulate to make it more usable?