I am sure by now most of you are aware of the recent twitter lawsuit against spamming tools. I was expecting it some day sooner but I was a little shocked to see it happen suddenly.
The defendants in the suit are TweetAttacks (tweetattacks.com), TweetAdder (tweetadder.com), TweetBuddy (tweetbuddy.com), James Lucero (of justinlover.info) and Garland Harris (of troption.com), and according to twitter, they’re allegedly in violation of The Twitter Rules.
You can view the lawsuit here
I have always been against spammers but not automation. Don’t get me wrong. I had to make this post today to express my opinion and differentiate between “spamming” and “automation”.
If you check out the twitter rules on spamming, I can assure you that 47% of the rules are violated most of the time whether knowingly or unintentionally.
Twitter says you cannot create and sell accounts but I can see lots of websites popping up every day offering twitter account creation services. I can show you people who are making over $500 per day on fiverr by offering unethical twitter services.
One of the rules states: If you repeatedly follow and unfollow people, whether to build followers or to garner more attention for your profile is considered spam. – Now how many of us do that or did that to increase followers? I am sure many, including several popular people and marketers.
Twitter says you cannot follow large amount of users in a short amount of time – What if we don’t mass follow people using the software? What if we set up delay and do it just like a normal person would do? Would it still be considered spamming?
Twitter says you cannot follow and unfollow people in a short time period, particularly by automated means (aggressive follower) – What if we use an automation tool and do the follow/unfollow naturally by setting up delays?
I have used tweet adder for a while and it works like a charm to manage my twitter accounts. I don’t remember a day when I have abused the software and its features.
What I believe is; it’s all about the intention of the user who is behind the software. If a person manually mass follows twitter users then he is spamming. If the same thing is done using an automation tool, then it’s also considered spamming. What if we stick to the rules and don’t abuse the software? Would it still be spam? So using any kind of automation tool is spam?
As an internet marketer, I know the power of automation and how it makes life easier. I hate spammers but not automation and I hope you guys can see the difference.
I can’t change twitter’s view on this and I don’t want to. They have taken a massive step towards killing spam and I believe its best for the community. Although I hate spam as much as you do, the reality is that you can reduce spam but never destroy them completely.
All of the defendant’s websites are down except tweetadder’s which is still running. I don’t know how long it will work but it really doesn’t matter now. I have also made some thousand dollars of commission promoting tweet adder in the past because I like the tool. One thing I have learned from Warren Buffet – “Never put all your eggs in one basket”. Live – Learn and Move On!
As I am writing this post, I bet lots of developers have already started working on the next big twitter tool. I am against Spam but not automation baby