If you're planning on implementing auto-reply features, you should request that your users follow the @mentioner.
You can read all the rules about automation here: http://support.twitter.com/entries/76915 and here: http://support.twitter.com/articles/68916-following-rules-and-best-practices Here are some highlights: *Automating other Account Actions* > > When you’re automating account behaviors like @replies, DMs, and retweets, >> we recommend you follow a general guideline: be nice to other Twitter users. >> In general, we take a skeptical view of disingenuous social action. If your >> actions are annoying a bunch of Twitter users, you probably will want to >> rethink or adjust your automation. Here are some more specific guidelines. > > >> *Automated @Replies* > > >> 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. > > >> *Automated Following and Un-Following* > > >> Twitter users often review the profiles and recent tweets of their new >> followers. Being followed in a bulk, automated fashion can make this process >> bothersome and makes Twitter a less fun place to hang out. > > >> The only auto-following behavior Twitter allows is auto-follow-back >> (following a user after they have followed you). Automated un-following is >> also not permitted. If you find yourself frequently needing to un-follow >> large numbers of users, you might consider reviewing your criteria for >> following them. Please review our Follow Rules and Best Practices for a >> detailed discussion of following recommendations. > > On Tue, Oct 19, 2010 at 8:30 PM, Sruthi <sruthik.ny...@gmail.com> wrote: > Dear Support, > > We are using Twitter oAuth API for our application. > > We are planning to facilitate our Users with Auto-Reply/Follow > features in our website. Please can you confirm us that we are not > violating any Twitter Rules by providing such auto responding service? > > Thanks in advance. > > - Developer > > -- > 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 > -- 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