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Does Twitter Suspend Accounts with Email Addresses at Same Custom Domain?

Discussion in 'Social Networking Sites' started by VeronicaS, Nov 24, 2013.

  1. VeronicaS

    VeronicaS Newbie

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    Hi all,

    A few days ago, I created 250 Twitter accounts (over a ~30 hour time span). Each account was created from a unique IP address, had a unique first and last name, unique profile picture, and a unique location. I used whatever default username Twitter recommended. The ONLY factor that may have been somewhat suspicious is the email addresses. Every single one of these 250 accounts used email addresses on the same domain (a domain I own)--for example JessyDwayneATveronicas.kom, HughFoxensATveronicas.kom, etc.

    I also did not yet confirm the email addresses as I was planning to do so starting today (as confirming all the emails will also take around 30 hours). Surprisingly, when I was testing the code today to confirm the email addresses as well as to make other changes to the accounts (adding bio, header, tweets, and following a few people), some of the accounts are suspended!

    Now I am unsure what factor(s) caused some of these accounts to be suspended. Is it because they all used email addresses at veronicas.kom, or is it because I did not confirm the email addresses? Note that there isn't any common pattern I've noticed to the suspended accounts. For example, Accounts #1, #2, #3 are not suspended but #120, #150, and #151 are suspended. Should I expect all 250 accounts to be suspended soon?

    Anyone know what is going on?
     
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  2. eqpaisley

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    Interesting questions. I batch create accounts all on a custom domain (which forwards to gmail and I have a script to access gmail and auto-confirm the accounts - cost me a lot of have it written but it's genius - confirms 100 accounts in 10 minutes).

    Anyhoo I operate about 600 accounts off the same domain for emails and have had no issues (all are now confirmed but sometimes it takes a week for me to get around to doing so). My guess it's something about the account creation process that's leaving a suspicious footprint on twitter. Maybe the IPs (public proxies often == insta suspend if they've been used to abuse twitter in the past)? Just guessing.

    I've done a lot of this - I manage about 1000 accounts. But I don't think the email domain is the culprit (unless its on a black list at twitter for some reasons).
     
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    Probably. Start confirming them and see what happens.
     
  4. VeronicaS

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    Thank you very much for your helpful answer. There was one factor I forgot to mention. I used the same password for all 250 accounts. I thought that Twitter shouldn't factor this into their algorithm due to ethics, but I guess sites don't always follow ethics. I'm not sure if this could be the cause? Regarding the IP's I'm using, I'm using my real IP address, but after each account creation, I restart my router and get a new IP address.

    When you batch confirm 100 accounts in 10 minutes, are these all under the same IP or 100 different proxies? If proxies, where can I get clean proxies like that from? Tor is practically always blacklisted.
     
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    That's not what I do but it could work as long as you don't get the URL blacklisted on twitter.
     
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  6. eqpaisley

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    The script I have goes to my gmail account, extracts the username (and the passwords are part of the script) and then logs in to twitter to confirm. So it's all a single IP. I often purchase aged accounts to do some of this work, then change the email address so perhaps the age of the accounts helps? BTW, I use the same password for most batches of accounts, can't imagine that's the problem.

    I suspect your issue is IP related. Even getting a 'new' IP by resetting your router you're going to run into the issue that they are ALL IPs issued on the same subnet (I think, a little fuzzy on the workings of IP assignment) So it's not hard to imagine twitter can figure out what you're doing. If accounts are created in sequence, 4-7 at a time, then from an IP on the same subnet, 10 minutes later, 4-7 more accounts, then again 10 minutes later....not hard to imagine they are set up to detect that.

    When twitter thinks an account MIGHT be fake, it auto suspends it (no human involvement -- meet their criteria by algorithm and they suspend you -- appeal it and being unsuspended is almost guaranteed).

    Let me ask you this -- what's your goal that you want these accounts. I've found that creating accounts myself is rarely a good strategy. Purchasing blocks of accounts aged a few months or more is almost always better than the headache of creating, confirming, updating your down. You made 250 accounts -- you said it would take 30 hours to confirm them. You could buy 250 accounts for $30. So if your time is worth more than $1/hour (and that's just counting confirming time, not setup) you'd be better off shopping.

    Just my thoughts.
     
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  7. VeronicaS

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    I have a list of around 800,000 Twitter users I want to follow at a rate of 100 follows a day per account (automated using iMacros). Would I be able to do all of this without Twitter suspending me using only one IP address? If I bought 250 accounts, would I be able to quickly change them all (names, email addresses, bio's, avatar, header, location) from the same IP without getting suspended?
     
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    Following 100 a day with a newly created account - regardless of the IP - will get you suspended in fairly short order. (another factor in favor of buying aged accounts -- I don't sell accounts, btw, not trying to push you toward some service I provide).
    There is software for batch changing all that information from text files / foldres of photos but if you bought decent aged accounts you wouldn't need to do so (unless you reall wanted to). Change the password and you'd be good to go (I'd do this in batches of 20 or so from the same IP and slowly ramp up to avoid getting suspended). I used Twidium Accounter and have not had an issue with suspensions (meaning some do get suspended but only when I push the limits of follows/unfollows - not due to IP).

    Twidium has a demo version that will let you change the info on a handful of accounts at a time, it's frustrating to stop and start but it gives you a sense of what the program does and if you're really, really patient you could technically use the demo version to change all 250.

    Remember that having 800,000 followback people is nice, but you've got 2 things to content with:

    -- you're actually only going to get about 25-30% of those people to follow you back (at best)
    -- you're going to hit a limit with twitter once you have followed 2000 people -- at that point you can only follow 110% of the # of people who follow you, so you'll have to start doing some 'unfollow' work which gets very tricky in terms of not getting banned.
     
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  9. VeronicaS

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    Thanks for all your help. You have by far provided me with the most useful information regarding creating and maintaining hundreds of Twitter accounts. Better than anything else I've seen anywhere online.

    My ultimate goal for these 250 accounts is not to get followbacks from these 800,000 users. I only want to follow them so they'll come view my account and see my latest tweet which contains a link I want them to visit (I'm not sure if this is a proven effective strategy or not?).

    I'm trying a smaller test run now of 50 accounts using emails from a different domain I own, but from the same IP address. I'm doing things a little slower now to see how it goes. The only issue I keep encountering (and also encountered before on the previous 250 I created) is that any time I confirm an email address, I have a message at the top of the screen on any given Twitter account that says: "You still need to confirm your email change. A confirmation email was sent to soandsoATsuchandsuchDOTkom. Your email will not be changed until you complete this step!"

    The strange thing is I did not do any email change. This message pops up as soon as I confirm the email. Just to test things, on one of the accounts after getting this message, I changed the email address and confirmed the email change to see if the message would go away, but the message did not go away! Instead, it stayed, but displayed the new email address rather than the old one. If this does not cause any problems for the account later like suspension, then I don't mind. It's just a bit strange.
     
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    OK, now when I log in to some of the accounts, some are suspended. The ones that are not suspended give me the following message on the main screen which allows me to fix this strange problem of the email change:

    "Is your email still soandsoATsuchandsuchDOTkom? A current email address ensures we can connect you to your account if you ever lose access."

    I've tried appealing one suspended account before trying with the others. I'll post here when Twitter gets back to me.