Hi Shaolyen, Your logic here appears wise and within the rules for @mentions. I would recommend strongly encouraging users who want to interact with this bot to follow the account. Establishing a follow relationship strengthens the bond from an algorithmic perspective, but shouldn't be absolutely necessary since the user initiates the conversation by messaging your account rather than the other way around.
Taylor On Sat, Oct 30, 2010 at 6:36 PM, Shaolyen <shaol...@gmail.com> wrote: > I run a twitter account that posts deals for video games. Our > followers often tweet us asking for the best price a game is available > for, and we've found a way to automatically recognise when we're > asking us for a price, to fetch that low price from our servers, and > send it to the user along with a link to our website. (That link > provides the user with more information about the game, as well as > prices from other retailers.) > > A typical exchange would be like this: > > User: @ouraccount hi, can you find me the cheapest price for halo > reach? > Us: @theiraccount Halo Reach (360) is available for $39.99 from > GameStop <link to our site> > > As far as I can tell from the twitter automation rules, this is > acceptable automation because: > 1) It's solicited by the user, we only reply to that one user when > they specifically ask us for a price. > 2) We're providing a link to an information page about the game on our > web site, not an affiliate link. > > That said, we want to make 100% sure that we're not breaking any rules > by doing this. Any feedback would be much appreciated. :-) > > -- > 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