Principle #1 of the Twitter Platform is: "Don't Surprise Users." -- And this
type of activity does exactly that and is therefore against the spirit of
the developer guidelines.

You can report misbehaving applications at:


On Tue, Aug 17, 2010 at 7:21 AM, Tom van der Woerdt <> wrote:

> > Is there anything in the terms of use about best practice for auto-
> > tweeting?
> Go find out?
> > I refer to the irritating practice an app automatically tweeting a
> > viral message from your account when you authenticate. e.g. "I just
> > got 50% somethingfactor on, what's yours?"
> As far as I know, that is not forbidden, as long as the application
> explicitly mentions that the application will post a tweet.
> > It should be against the terms of use to do this without the *minimum*
> > of a warning message, e.g. "logging in will send a tweet from your
> > account" - best practice would be an opt-in checkbox or some such UI.
> Like I said
> > There needs to be a way for applications to be reported for doing this.
> I agree.
> Tom

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