I'd second that completely. Users *really* dislike finding messages directed 
to/at them for keyword tracking. The first thing I do is block and report that 
account for spam. Its one of my pet peeves regarding the streaming api/tracking.


On 21 Sep 2010, at 16:00, Taylor Singletary wrote:

> The best way to avoid running afoul of Twitter's spam policies as an
> API developer is to follow a golden rule: "don't surprise users."
> Automating an @mention because your algorithm determined something
> interesting about the user (as opposed to another user of your service
> deliberately triggering the mention) to a user who has no awareness of
> your service, especially if the @mention's purpose is primarily to
> drive awareness of your service, could likely be perceived as spam by
> many users. I know I certainly would hit the block & report for spam
> button.
> I usually recommend in this case that you either send @mentions
> because the @mentioned user explicitly indicated interest in your
> service (say by allowing your client application access to it's
> account), if the @mentioned interacted with your bot in the past, or
> if another user of your service explicitly triggered the @mention. In
> this last case, you're better off making the @mention come directly
> from the user utilizing your service, rather than having it be
> authored by the bot itself.
> Taylor
> On Tue, Sep 21, 2010 at 5:34 AM, Tim Haines <tmhai...@gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I have a bot that does something similar to this.  If you do 100 spread out
>> over the course of a day you'll be fine.  If you did 100 in the course of an
>> hour, Twitter would (very likely) suspend your account.
>> They have monitoring in place for when certain thresholds are crossed, but
>> they don't disclosed the threshold in the interest of it not being abused.
>> Cheers,
>> Tim.
>> On Tue, Sep 21, 2010 at 8:51 PM, Goran Popovic <goranpopo...@gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>>> They are notified once and that's it ;)
>>> Well I got an idea to notify users lets say each 10 minutes ( ie. 100
>>> users found today..and instead of notifying them immediately when they
>>> are found ..they would be added in a database..and then notified one
>>> by one every few minutes). I think that would be the best solution.
>>> On Sep 21, 11:11 am, Tom van der Woerdt <i...@tvdw.eu> wrote:
>>>> As far as I know, that's no problem - a lot of services do that. Just
>>>> don't make it spammy (sending more than 1 tweet per week to one user
>>>> without first getting his/her permission, etc) and allow users to
>>>> opt-out (better even would be opt-in but that wouldn't be good for your
>>>> service, right?).
>>>> Tom
>>>> On 9/21/10 8:44 AM, Goran Popovic wrote:
>>>>> Hello!
>>>>> I have a delicate question about status updates.
>>>>> Is it against the Twitter TOS to send tweet every time script finds
>>>>> another candidate?
>>>>> Let me explain more..
>>>>> Few days ago I've created a website called hottwittz.com.
>>>>> Script finds users who said that they are hot / sexy, and allows users
>>>>> to to vote.
>>>>> Every few minutes script checks for new candidates and then adds them
>>>>> to database..
>>>>> Until yesterday, when script found new user, new tweet was written to
>>>>> notify the user that he's been added..
>>>>> Something like " @username you have been added ...."
>>>>> Currently there are 50 - 100 users found each day...and i'm not sure
>>>>> if sending lets say 100 "similar" tweets each day would be considered
>>>>> spam..
>>>>> So is this considered spam? Is this against rules or is maybe some
>>>>> better way to notify users?
>>>>> This is needed because users have option to write to me and be
>>>>> deleted...
>>>>> First impressions are great and in most cases people are flattered and
>>>>> call their friends to vote for them.
>>>>> This is just an example to describe my problem.
>>>>> Thank You
>>>>> Goran Popovic

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