And as for you comment about them being spammy? If you are not following them whats your problem?
Eg. Ford might want to set up a twitter account that RT a posts about anyone who mentions Ford in their tweets. Whats your problem with that? Of course it could get publicly commandeered like the 'Skittles' experiment this year but that's not Twitters problem, and it's certainly not 'your' problem. Regards, Dean Collins d...@mytwitterbutler.com +1-212-203-4357 New York +61-2-9016-5642 (Sydney in-dial). +44-20-3129-6001 (London in-dial). -----Original Message----- From: Dean Collins Sent: Friday, August 14, 2009 9:34 AM To: 'email@example.com' Subject: RE: [twitter-dev] Re: Early developer preview: Retweeting API There are lots of apps that capture this information already. I'm not sure of the name of it but we had one at BarCampNYC that did as you described for anyone who used the hashtag BCNYC5 Regards, Dean Collins Cognation Inc d...@cognation.net +1-212-203-4357 New York +61-2-9016-5642 (Sydney in-dial). +44-20-3129-6001 (London in-dial). -----Original Message----- From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:twitter-development-t...@googlegroups.com] On Behalf Of Dewald Pretorius Sent: Friday, August 14, 2009 9:31 AM To: Twitter Development Talk Subject: [twitter-dev] Re: Early developer preview: Retweeting API Twitter, you will have to create new rules and limits around these new methods. A new breed of spammy app is going to emerge that leverages retweeting. One where users can say, "Search for tweets that contain these keywords, and automatically retweet them for me on my account." So, you're going to get Twitter accounts that simply retweet tweets from others to fill their timelines, or to interleave them with the remainder of their tweets that all contain affiliate links. Currently that is not so easy to do, because you have to massage the tweet text, i.e., insert "RT " and chop some text off if that takes the length beyond 140 characters, not chop off part of an URL if it's at the end of the text, etc. With the new methods all that falls away, because attribution is now given by the "retweeted by" in the source. No text massaging is required. How about: "You can only retweet tweets from those you follow." Just a thought. Dewald