Twitter Account Suspended Part 2 – Let’s Do It Again
|December 28, 2012||Posted by D. Dixon under About Twitter, How-To|
In my previous post, I decided to try out a technique for getting new followers quickly on my non-critical Twitter account. It got suspended but I decided to do one more test.
For this next test, I decided to create a brand new Twitter account and execute the same steps as I did for the my other account.
I created this new Twitter account, followed a few people, did some retweets and was ready to use the follower system. I started it again and one of the first things I saw was that promo tweet they mentioned. That tweet did a shout out to people I didn’t know which made me suspicious right away. Within a matter of seconds, the new account was suspended because the shout out to random tweeters is considered spam. The fact that this was a brand new account made it even MORE obvious so the algorithm kicked in automatically.
Appealing that suspension was easy as long as I promised to stop using automated software that produced those kinds of tweets. When my account did get restored, I noticed that my follower/following ratio was skewed. I was following 260+ people but was only being followed by 17, not even 10%!
So going through multiple suspensions across two Twitter accounts got me wondering exactly how this system was supposed to work for the benefit of the user? It seemed to violate a lot of the rules so how is anyone supposed to get more Twitter followers?
I decided to go to the source. I found emails for each site and sent them a question asking why their software needed to send out promotional tweets to people who were not associated with the user’s account especially since it was considered spamming. I wasn’t sure if I would get a response as these addresses tended to be unmanned and fall into a black hole.
Not even a minute after I sent the email, all 4 messages bounced back as undelivered/emails don’t exist. I looked over the terms of service again and saw that some of these pages were dated 2010. Two years in the Twitter-verse is a lifetime. Twitter had obviously made significant improvements in its algorithms but these sites had not kept up which made them very risky ventures.
The scary thing is that these systems had VIP services that cost over $65. Imagine paying that much money only to have your main Twitter account suspended and no one to answer why. At the end of the day, this particular system does more harm than good. For those who want to have 1000′s of followers over the course of a few days, they may wind up with their Twitter accounts indefinitely suspended or worse, damage done to their reputations and an skewed follow ratio which makes their account look suspicious.
As for me, I decided to keep both Twitter accounts so that I can leverage them to create my own promotional network. I am slowly building up the newer account which, despite the handful of followers, has yielded great results for my PPC publisher campaigns and is gaining new followers daily. Having a lot of followers quickly may seem like the way to do things on Twitter but at the end of the day, it can cost you more than the price.