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.
>



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