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Twitter API - randomization worth it?

Discussion in 'Twitter' started by blackbadger, May 31, 2016.

  1. blackbadger

    blackbadger Registered Member

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    Just starting out with twitter and building out my own solution which uses their api.

    Been building in some randomization stuff to make the follow & tweets look more 'random' ... but then I thought ...

    they know I'm using their api, why should they give a fuck about when I follow/unfollow/tweet etc as long as I stay within their rate limits?

    e.g. I've been running a scraper thru their api over the last few days and scraped over a million accounts withoutany bans/trouble at all

    any thoughts on this?
     
  2. kctnky

    kctnky Registered Member

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    I know that randomization is good and required even you use the API based on my experience. Just think like that you didn't like the design of Twitter web-site and mobile app. So, you've decided to use or develop your own Twitter wrapper application based on some customizations. But you would still use it manually to follow//unfollow or post tweets. Maybe, you are up to make your service public in soon completely conforming with regulations. These are only the alpha/beta tests.

    Anyway, twitter api regulations already say that any automation of follow/unfollow is restricted. If you don't spam too much then tweeting is okay. I don't know anything about scraping. But it must be safe also. So, Twitter wants us to make sth to be used with manual follows with their api. This is why I think randomization is required to simulate real humans. I even make my accounts sleep 6-8 hours in a day. :)

    Besides, you can easily implement a random scheme considering that you have knowledge of developing your own bot via the API. Why bother and take risks?
     
  3. blackbadger

    blackbadger Registered Member

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    @kctnky

    Good points, well put. Thanks for the different perspective.

    More randomization for me then!
     
  4. javamann

    javamann Newbie

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    Using their API in time intervals as a way to mimic human behaviors is the best way, as long as you don't start spamming and going over the API limits all the time they will not care.