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).
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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!
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