An update on this thread: we have an inquiry out to our spam team to get more information about the metrics they use when policing mass-following/unfollowing.
On Mon, Aug 10, 2009 at 15:12, IDOLpeeps <belm...@grandcentralholdings.com>wrote: > > Twitter recently started suspending accounts which bulk unfollow those > who don't follow back for Terms of Service Violation (see: > > http://groups.google.com/group/twitter-development-talk/browse_thread/thread/1aeb1f40ff665f78/955da80afd36ca4d?lnk=gst&q=follower+churn#955da80afd36ca4d > ). > This policy has it's supporters and detractors. What it does not yet > have is specific guidance describing the specific limitations on bulk > unfollowing which, when not done for "following churn", has it's > legitimate purposes. > > Heretofore several utility applications provided a bulk unfollow > function to end users (most commonly as a method of recruiting > followers by following people in the hope they'd follow back and then > unfollowing those who didn't) and some "real" twitter users (ie, not > spammers) used this method to building their followers. As there are > still bona fide rreasons for bulk unfollowing friends, it would be > extremely helpulf if Twitter can provide more clear guidance about > what type of bulk unfollowing exactly will flag an account for > suspension? > > For example, does unfollowing several hundred friends whether they are > following an account or not constitute the type of bulk unfollowing > that will get an account suspended? Popular blogger Robert Scoble > just had a script unfollow ALL his friends (http://scobleizer.com/ > 2009/08/05/you-are-so-unfollowed/) successfully, yet a friend of mine > unfollowed all his friends and his account was suspended later that > same day. And another friend used a third party unfollow script to > get her friends number below the 2,000 limit and her account was > suspended. > > What are the specific rules regarding the type, quantity, and timing > of bulk unfollowing that will result in account suspension? It's very > difficult to manage twitter accounts with the specter of seemingly > arbitrary account suspensions looming without having more specific > guidance on how TOS are interpreted. > -- Alex Payne - Platform Lead, Twitter, Inc. http://twitter.com/al3x