How I (Purposely) Got My Twitter Account Suspended – Part 1
|December 27, 2012||Posted by D. Dixon under About Twitter, How-To|
Out of curiosity and in an effort to learn more about Twitter, I decided to test an e-book I purchased about getting more followers. In the process, I wound up getting my Twitter account suspended and learning a few do’s and don’ts.
How many people do you know want to get 10,000 new followers on their Twitter account yesterday? As a social media professional, I used to get invited to these projects regularly but in the back of my mind I was always curious…
How do these other guys get these 100′s of followers? Not long after, an advertiser that I regularly use tweeted a link to his little e-book about how he got over 250K Twitter followers. Now this guy now had over 300K followers on his Twitter account that he used to leverage tweets and retweets for paying clients so I decided to check out what he had to say for $4.99. His little 11 page e-book had three simple steps and which I tried.
I had created a separate Twitter account that I was testing for another project so I decided to use it for this on. In his ebook, he provided a list of 4 sites that I had to visit, agree to the terms and conditions, choose “Get followers” and just wait for my counts to go up auto-magically!
After I signed into that Twitter account, I opened all 4 sites and followed the directions. Each of these sites had apps that needed access to my Twitter account. According to his e-book, they needed this to tweet something periodically and after the deed was done, I was to revoke access and delete that promo tweet.
After about 5 minutes, all of the site had reported that they were done getting my followers so I could close them out. I did and when I saw my follower account stop rising, I revoked the app’s access and removed the promo tweet.
Now my counts did stop rising but then I started to lose followers. In fact, while I was guaranteed at least 100 followers, got close to 150 after a few minutes, the numbers started to go in the opposite direction and I lost over half that initial gain. Why? Not sure.
As per directions, I followed them all back and had to wait 24 hours to repeat the process. Now this gentleman said that he did this procedure every day for 2 years, from 2009-’11 so I knew this was not an instant process by any means.
The next day I did the same thing but this time my new followers stayed on my Twitter account and over the 24 hour period my count went from a little over 100 to over 250! With that many people, I decided to try step two because really, manually following all those people was a challenge.
His e-book recommended using Tweepi.com to follow my new followers in bulk and even let me know about the little hiccup with the “select all” check box. I had about 130+ people to follow back so I did it in phases of 50 and that’s when it happened. I got the message my Twitter account was suspended for aggressive following.
In all honesty, I had expected to be suspended before that moment. But my little experiment was not done because I now had a couple of new questions that had popped up…like would this work on a brand new Twitter account? So I decided to create another account and try it again
Stay tuned for Part 2