Twitter Secretly updates the Rules of the game

Posted on 25. Jun, 2009 in twitter


Twitter appears to have secretly edited their policies without any public announcements, and it appears that they change the terms frequently to suit new needs.  That is a the problem with a totally free service, they can boot whoever they like for whatever reason,  whenever.

Some of the notable updates:

  • Accounts that are inactive for more than 6 months may be removed without further notice
  • If there is a clear intent to mislead people into believing this account is affiliated with the company/business in question, the account will be permanently suspended.
  • News feed accounts will more clearly designate that they are aggregating news about a company to resolve confusion.
  • Name squatting and “user name for sale” accounts will be permanently suspended.

Some of these are new, some are old and some have been reworded:

  • If you have followed a large amount of users in a short amount of time;
  • If you have followed and unfollowed people, particularly by automated means (aggressive follower churn);
  • If you repeatedly follow and unfollow people, whether to build followers or to garner more attention for your profile;
  • If your updates consist mainly of links, and not personal updates;
  • If you post multiple unrelated updates to a topic using #, trending or popular topic  (The original post is dated Jan 14th, but appear to be changed regularly, I’m awaiting comment from twitter on this and will update the post if they respond)

The trending topic changes I agree with, but “Not personal updates.” WTF?   I almost exclusively tweet links to posts or articles that I feel are useful or worth reading. Why should twitter dictate that I need to tweet about what I had for lunch!

What are you thoughts?

Tags: twitter TOS