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Twitter: a few questions

Discussion in 'Social Networking Sites' started by Aristide, Dec 12, 2010.

  1. Aristide

    Aristide Newbie

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    Hello everybody,
    i recently discover twitter, i try to made an account and manually follow people on a targeted niche (italian food&cooking recipes) and i got surprised! i got a good follow-back rate, around 25%.

    I am a java developer, so i take a look at the twitter api, and i saw that with the api you can get many information, like the language, status data, profile creation date, followers, etc..

    I wrote a small java web app that basically harvest data from rss and sites like wikiquote and schedule update to different twitter accounts. I use twitter api+oauth

    I would like to start a little business like the one you people do, make twitter accounts, auto-publish status update, follow people for having them follow me back. And then monetize by selling to my actual clients SEO boost and sponsored tweets.

    I would like to open a (fake) website like twollow or socialoomph, to look like my accounts are not bot but real users using an online service. I will register an app on twitter and make my bots use that app to follow people and post updates. I will keep my daily follow rate low, something like 20-40 follow, but i want to use many accounts, let say i will start 3-4 account every day. I will register accounts from different ip address, but then use my webapp to do things on the accounts. The webapp will be hosted on amazon ec2 with 1 dedicated ip address that never change.

    Is there anything that goes against twitter TOS (besides my accounts are fakes and not real people) and that can make me banned? I think socialoomph use the api to post/follow/unfollow on thousands of account every day by the same IP

    Anything i miss? :)

    thanks for the replies
     
    Last edited: Dec 12, 2010
  2. Autumn

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    The whole thing goes against the twitter TOS :) You're not supposed to make multiple fake accounts, what you are describing is textbook Twitter spamming. But it's a viable business model and one which I am implementing right now. Just expect to get a lot of accounts banned and to have to do a lot of tweaking to get your accounts to stick. You will need multiple API accounts. Some people claim the API is more heavily monitored than if you make it look like you're doing things via the web interface.