Everyone on Twitter seems to be “a bit” annoyed about getting DMs to join the game Mafia World. The message you can read now on Twitter is something like “Mafia Family is a twitter worm. Let ppl know to shut off spam.”
I don’t think that Mafia Family is a Twitter Worm. And I don’t think that the game is the problem. The problem is that the tweeple are thinking that Twitter is detached from the rest of the internet and the basic rules don’t apply.
The problem is: why are you giving away your username and password to a service that writes the T&Cs in small print, dark grey on a black background? If you get a DM “Dude, join me in putting your fingers in the jack!” you go on your knees and join the fun?
Mafia Family offers their T&Cs on the bottom of the login page, as well as a link to not notify your contacts saying “Click here if you don’t wish to invite your contacts automatically“. If it works, I don’t know, because I won’t try it ;).
And what do you expect of a game, based on Twitter? Of course everything you do will be in your time line. Where else?
Therefore: don’t blame some blokes who want to promote their obviously lame game on Twitter, blame yourself or your followers/friends for not being responsible with their private data.