Hey Colin,
To echo Mark's comment, we'd appreciate a report so that we can look
into the app and take any necessary action. If you like, you can
directly reply to me with a name or URL and I'd be happy to


On Jan 11, 4:38 pm, Colin <colinjos...@googlemail.com> wrote:
> I've discovered an online application - I won't mention the name - but
> it seems to break Twitter API. I'm wondering how they get away with
> it.
> Here's what the application does. It allows the user to enter a number
> of keyword phrases to monitor with. Every time a phrase is mentioned
> e.g. twitter api, it replies to the person who sent that tweet with an
> automated response e.g. 'to find out more about twitter api visithttp://xxx'
> Seems there's a couple of issues here.
> 1. How are they getting passed rate limiting to scan every tweet and
> then send out a reply? The application could have thousands of users!
> 2. According to Twitter "The @reply function is intended to make
> communication between users easier, and automating this process to put
> unsolicited messages into lots of users’ reply tabs is considered an
> abuse of feature. If you are automatically sending @reply messages to
> a bunch of users, the recipients must request or approve this action
> in advance. For example, sending automated @replies based on keyword
> searches is not permitted.
> Users should also have an easy way to opt-out of your service (in
> addition to the requirement that all users must opt-in before
> receiving the messages). We review blocks and reports of spam, so
> you’ll need to provide a clear way for users to stop your messages.
> *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 send large numbers of duplicate @replies;
> If you send large numbers of unsolicited @replies in an attempt to
> spam a service or link;"
> Can anyone explain to me how this online application is getting around
> these issues?
> Thanks
> Colin

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