Recently some users of the WordPress plugin called “TweetBacks” have been noticing that their comments were getting hit pretty hard with Tweets unrelated to their blog. While this may look like “spam” at first glance, it really isn’t a case of unscrupulous marketers exploiting the idea.
What is happening is that a bug in that implementation of TweetBacks is flagging lots (some users are reporting tens of thousands) of Tweets incorrectly as TweetBacks. There could be a few reasons for this but the most likely cause is rate limiting by some URL shortening services.
The TweetSuite plugin does not integrate TweetBacks into the WordPress commenting system and does not seem to be indexing unrelated Tweets. This means that if you disable the TweetBacks plugin and switch over to the TweetSuite plugin, you’ll see a different implementation and hopefully, no “spam” Tweets.
Also, keep your eyes open for an update to TweetSuite coming soon which addresses some other issues and a few new features.