Our Twitter project again

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Our Twitter project again

This is post #4 in our series about our Twitter project. If you haven’t seen the former post, you can find it here:

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When we was in touch with the Twitter support guys, we asked about how they look upon users cleaning (un-following those who don’t follow back) their Twitter accounts regularly. We got this answer: We really do frown on unfollowing those who don’t follow back and then following new users, as that’s a way of trying to artificially circumvent the limits on following. And this is a real problem. In our opinion this is against the main original idea with Twitter. We see Twitter as a community where you try to socialize with those who share your interest. From that perspective it is logical to get rid of those who are not interested in your tweets and don’t follow you back. So when you do what’s necessary to follow the original idea with Twitter you are actually violating rules implemented since a lot of people have miss used the system. It’s a kind of catch-22 situation.

What we have found in evaluating the Twitter support answer above is that it can be dangerous to un-follow big chunks of followers and then immediately start following thousands of new followers, especial from one single account. Un-follow in smaller amounts, like a couple of hundred followers, then allow some time to elapse before you start to follow new followers. Also make sure you follow new followers in small amounts (like a couple of hundreds) at a time and every chunk from different Twitter accounts. All this is still possible to do quite easy with our automated software Humminbird.

During the last week we lost several hundred followers from our main account, which at the beginning of the week had near 14,000 followers.

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The reason for this must be that we had lots of spammers among our followers and Twitter was running a campaign suspending their accounts. If you have followed this series of posts about our Twitter experiment you know that we also have tested touching the limits to the gray zone and also have been suspended. Luckily we managed to establish contact with the Twitter support guys and got our account active again. Actually, things like that has been a part of our experiment and I think that experiences from our project can be valuable reading for those who wants to create accounts with a lot of targeted followers to reach out to.

Right now we have over 14,000 followers in our main account and around 28,000 followers total in all of our four accounts.

The next post in this series is here: post #5.





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