I’m looking to implement this feature on my site as I can really see the value in it. But as you have pointed out I can also see the danger in it. If spammers knew who had follow-back turned on they would seek out these users and follow them, knowing they would get followed back. They could then potentially do this at a very accelerated rate, not hitting follow limits.
I think the only way this feature can be kept safe is if it is completely private. Users can turn it on but neither they nor the application should tell other others that its enabled. There should be no way for spammers to figure this out either. I’m not sure if this has been spelled out in the twitter rules but if it hasn’t it probably should. Users mustn’t be allowed to put it in their bio, etc. as this could be easily be parsed by a crawler.. Would be interested to hear how others are keeping this feature “safe”..? Thanks Dave -- Twitter developer documentation and resources: http://dev.twitter.com/doc API updates via Twitter: http://twitter.com/twitterapi Issues/Enhancements Tracker: http://code.google.com/p/twitter-api/issues/list Change your membership to this group: http://groups.google.com/group/twitter-development-talk