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Spamming on Twitter

The following are actions that Twitter considers Spamming. Be sure you know The Rules of Twitter well!

*Spam: You may not use the Twitter service for the purpose of spamming anyone. What constitutes “spamming” will evolve as we respond to new tricks and tactics by spammers. Some of the factors that we take into account when determining what conduct is considered to be spamming are:

  • If you have followed a large amount of users in a short amount of time;
  • If you have followed and unfollowed people in a short time period, particularly by automated means (aggressive follower churn);
  • If you repeatedly follow and unfollow people, whether to build followers or to garner more attention for your profile;
  • If you have a small number of followers compared to the amount of people you are following;
  • If your updates consist mainly of links, and not personal updates;
  • If a large number of people are blocking you;
  • The number of spam complaints that have been filed against you;
  • If you post duplicate content over multiple accounts or multiple duplicate updates on one account
  • If you post multiple unrelated updates to a topic using #
  • If you post multiple unrelated updates to a trending or popular topic
  • If you send large numbers of duplicate @replies
  • If you send large numbers of unsolicited @replies in an attempt to spam a service or link
  • If you repost other user’s content without attribution.
  • If you have attempted to “sell” followers, particularly through tactics considered aggressive following or follower churn.

Your account may be suspended for Terms of Service violations if any of the above is true; accounts created to replace suspended accounts will be permanently suspended.

Read the rest of the Twitter Rules on the Twitter Support Pages.

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  1. Awnya Boam
    Follow me on Twitter: time4felt
    on September 16, 2009 at 5:16 am

    Thanks for the great info~ I know several who fall into this category using Twitter and I find them annoying and rude. Good to know what NOT to do though!

  2. Cheryl on September 16, 2009 at 5:44 am

    Excellent article!

  3. Rosalinda Vargas on September 22, 2009 at 12:52 am

    Thanks. And your new page is great!

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