please restore my twitter account
i am in the media and this is my work
i know they are rules to follow but what makes this so unjust is
all my work is in on that twitter page
i have many congress man as my friends and allso many news reporters
using Twitter for your business,
costing me money this is unfair
And as Twitter has over 140 million active users, and more than 340 million Tweets daily, it is a power to be reckoned with, and expects as much respect as Google and Facebook.
And as of the end of the first week in April 2012, Twitter has launched a lawsuit for over $700,000 against the makers of automated Twitter software, principle defendants being named as Skootle Corporation (particularly James Kester), JL4 Web Solutions (naming Jayson Yanuaria), Justin Clark (with TweetBuddy.com), and spammers James Lucero, and Garland E. Harris (for violating Twitter™s terms of service that ban users from Spam and Abuse.).
TweetAttacks has completely removed their entire website, andÂ TweetAdder’s account has been suspended by Twitter (see http://twitter.com/tweetadder).
As was stated by Twitter in a blog post, “By shutting down tool providers, we will prevent other spammers from having these services at their disposal., and as an added measure, “our engineers launched new anti-spam measures within Twitter to more aggressively suspend a new type of @ mention spam“.
Although you may not be in immediate danger of a twitter account suspension you may want to take heed here, it could be coming….
Avoid Your Twitter Account Suspension!TweetAddr is a popular automation tool (one I’ve used myself but not for it’s most common use – spamming), and it’s site is still up.
But I would no longer recommend you buy or use it, even though I have my own affiliate link for it.
This is the one constant in internet marketing…..
…..things are constantly changing!
So we adapt and adjust, as any serious business owner learns to do.
As my own Twitter account suspension was based on the use of an application which automatically re-Tweeted another user’s affiliate link, I was able to quickly rectify the situation and rescue my account which at that time had well over 26,000 followers accumulated in a bit over 2 years.
It was a frightening and rude awakening, but I learned a lot, as you can read in that post.
And you can learn how to avoid your own twitter account suspension.
Good Practice will Save You from a Twitter Account SuspensionFor now it is advisable that if you are using the automated tools in Twitter’s lawsuit to build your Twitter accounts and send out automated tweets that you stop entirely, or do so with extreme caution.
As Twitter’s Automation Rules and Best Practices states, “If an application has OAuth approval, the following will be true
- You allow the application access by approving their connection, not by giving out your username and password.
- Once approved, you’ll be able to see and revoke the connection from your Applications tab.”
And although I do use it for scheduled updates, and repeatedly Tweet out the same content, the frequency has been greatly reduced as are the number of affiliate products I promote using it.
A better approach would be to write a website or blog post recommending your product, and Tweet out the link to that post or web page. This can be done with a variety of text / headlines and links (using various spinners).
If you need help setting up a blog in less than 40 minutes, this simple internet marketing blueprint will show you how.
Given a large number of Tweets that provide value, along with a widely dispersed un-matching set of product Tweets you might be o.k., but I would definitely tread with caution!
And to make money online without depending on uncontrollable services like Twitter, this DotComSecretsRoadmap is a system you really should take a quick look at, it will cost you nothing to do so!
I have had my Twitter account now for almost two and a half years, and with an effort since the first day toward providing as much value as I could, I have gained 27,488 followers, and as a result, many solid relationships, customers, and business partners.
I am careful to tweet out 95% content, inspirational quotes, plenty of reTweets, and conversation, and only rarely ever just an affiliate link.
So it was with shock and dismay that I discovered my Twitter account suspension the other day.
There was a time about a year and a half ago, along with thousands of others, that my account was suspended due to bot attacks at Twitter. But that case was different. I knew it was only temporary, and I was in good company, with some very well known Twitter accounts in the mix.
But stopping by as I do every few days to check on my account, I was shocked to see the little pink bar across my Twitter profile saying my account had been suspended….
This time I was a bit more worried, since I had not been able to find any news of mass suspensions in the first few minutes.
What could have happened? I don’t depend on Twitter for traffic as much as I had in the beginning, but certainly I was ill prepared to deal with the loss of so many great followers by a Twitter account suspension!
Twitter Account Suspension is Based on Some (Even Obscure) RulesI had knowledge of the basic Twitter Account Rules of which some are obvious, such as you should not follow large amount of users in a short amount of time.
And, as one might expect, if a large number of people are blocking you, you may also incur a Twitter account suspension.
You should DEFINITELY read these rules from top to bottom if you plan on investing time in your Twittering, to be sure that you understand them, and that your efforts with using Twitter aren’t lost on a Twitter account suspension.
But, there are some rules that I did NOT know existed, until I got the email back from Twitter upon my submitting my query concerning my Twitter account suspension.
This was what ‘theCaptain’ told me in the reply I received:
But it sure does shed light on my issues.
First, I did have several third party applications which allowed posts to my account. Services such as “Triberr” (a free Twitter content syndication tribe), posted content on behalf of other people automatically.
I had had reservations about Triberr in the past because I could not know how that tribe would grow, who would end up in it (although it is invitation only), and what they might be posting. But I hadn’t thought to actively cancel it.
But on receiving this email, I revoked access for almost everything that had write access to my Twitter account, including these services.
Although I had never set up auto-syndication of my Twitter account for OnlyWire. or for TribePro as well, for the same reasons, I did not have control over what others might submit, and my Twitter account is important to my business. I want to protect my followers from spam as much as I can.
But there was still one caveat that I was missing, which I didn’t discover that until I had completed a thorough investigation of everything leading up to the time of my Twitter account suspension.
Make Sure You Avoid Twitter Account SuspensionSince I was also aware that part of the Twitter policies are not to use repeated Tweets, and I do use TweetAddr to schedule my tweets, I did re-examine my frequency and my content.
And have stopped using it completely as of today, with the news of lawsuits and account suspensions related to this and other similar Twitter automation tools.
I have so many tweets, that I believed any repeated posts would not be close enough in time to cause my Twitter account suspension; a repeat would be unlikely within a span of several days. I read through every post in my list of over 200, although I was somewhat distracted at the time, someone had called…..
So just after re-instating the automated Tweet function in TweetAddr, I did one last check; a close examination of my last tweet prior to my Twitter account suspension
It was here that I believe I finally hit upon the culprit, only apparent to me after having read the obscure Affiliate section of the Twitter rules.
My last tweet prior to my suspension was to a bit.ly shortened affiliate link of my own, from Clickbank.
This type of link shortening is never recommended, and it was one I had overlooked since I’d stopped using them over a year and a half ago.
When you shorten a Clickbank or similar affiliate link with bit.ly, you get a spam warning when you click on it.
I think it is likely that this could have been what triggered my Twitter account suspension! I had long overlooked this remaining bit.ly shortened affiliate link, and this can easily be picked up by Twitter’s account management bots.
So as of my resulting re-examination of my tweets going out, I realized I had even personally violated the Twitter Affiliate link rules. However, I’m not sure it was as much the automation as the masking of this link causing it to appear as ‘Spam’.
Lessons Learned About Twitter Account SuspensionAside from carefully reading ALL of the rules to avoid Twitter account suspension. But in particular,
- Do Not use link shorteners to mask affiliate links
- Do Not allow third party applications access to your Twitter account, especially for automated posting services who will submit posts by other people (you can bet on their sending out affiliate links!)
revealed it to be a NON twitter URL. I marked it
as spam after visiting my Twitter account which was fine!