Palms up, everyone who has a Twitter Account!
Now, put your hand lower again, if you have previously used Twitter to plug your brand of work. (Be honest!)
Lastly, put your hand down if you have NOT read all the policies. (Again, be honest.)
Obviously this is any hypothetical scenario but my guess is, if you were to place these questions to lots of Twitter users, by the time you possessed finished there would be hardly any hands remaining. Unfortunately, according to the guidelines of Twitter, this would mean you needed a room full regarding spammers.
Before we go any further I should state i always did use Twitter until a short time ago when my accounts was suspended for spamming. I opened it to get greeted with this meaning;
This account is currently suspended and it is being investigated due to strange activity. If we have halted your account mistakenly, please let us recognize. See Suspended Accounts to read more.
Assuming this to be an easily fixable mistake, I looked into it further until I found this message;
Your account was halted for cross-posting duplicate tweets across multiple accounts, a violation of each of our terms of service along with the Twitter Rules that we take very seriously. Your account will remain suspended for no less than one week; you may petition pertaining to reinstatement on or right after August 17, 2009.
An obvious and blatant spamming tactic on my part, you may think, but the simple the reality is; I only ever experienced one social media account. As frustrating as this case may be for me personally, personally, it is nothing when compared to the frustrations of Twitter, itself.
I have to acknowledge that, according to the regulations of twitter (i have now read), I was not whiter than white when using it. In my short time as a possible account holder I came to the conclusion that most users (things that I was interested within following, at least) have been tweeting, either from or in relation to their work, personally posting links and pictures on their page that they thought their followers would consider. I followed suit believing this to become a good use of twitter as usually, our work is exactly who would be most considering. If Stephen Fry, for example, were to talk regarding the weather or the lovely cup of tea he or she was drinking (being extra careful not forgetting the company who manufactured it) who would be interested? We want to know about his work because that is what is interesting with regards to him. As for the rest people mortals, because our jobs may not be as interesting to almost all as Mr. Fryæ¦¯, we look for people within a similar line of perform to ourselves to banter together with and share information. If we are not to discuss what we perform, how are we to locate these people?
This could prove a difficult area for Twitter for you to police. Once you have see the rules on spamming, in particular, you realize that, if all of them were for being upheld to the letter, they would have very few users left indeed.
There is talk connected with Twitter Business, a service that enables people to advertize exactly what they do without nervous about persecution. But will anyone employ this as a social network? More likely, people will only work with it if they are searching for a specific service. So, a search engine, then, which only allows your advertiser 140 characters to explain what they do so as to sell their wares. This will leave the advertiser with only one real option; to put up links to somewhere else where he can begin more detail about his service or product. The links would, more than likely, be to a web page... Which has to beg the question; Why not cut out the middle man and just use google search instead?
This is probably concluding most people (and quite a few spammers, for that matter) can come to once the hype dies down a little so lets hope that it is not the tumblr way Twitting plans to monetize itself or it will probably have a great deal of disappointed paying advertisers with its hands.
So, if Twitter Business doesnæ¦° seem likely to be viable long term, we are left with, plain old, Twitter; a social network where people are not allowed to advertise what they do for concern with being suspended.
It does go without saying that none of people enjoy receiving spam understanding that Twitter has to want to do something to prevent it, lest people will stop while using service. But, if it is to be trusted by its end users, it cannot be suspending these individuals for cross posting replicate tweets across multiple accounts without first checking the particular users are actually guilty with the infringement. If they continue to do so then the current suspension insurance policy will ultimately achieve and the second of its objective.
Though my Twitter account has been reinstated, I now cannot escape the opinion that trying to rebuild my myspace or facebook would be, at best, humiliating and at toughest, just pointless, knowing, as I do, that Twitter could close it at at any time due to circumstances which have been neither my fault or within my control (as long as they actually exist to start with). And so it is therefore, I will probably not use my account around used to and would definitely not have opened a brand new one had the initial not been reinstated when i (and, I suspect, my erstwhile followers) might have seen this as the admission of guilt.
Much more importantly with regard to Twitter, however; if I were the dyed-in-the-wool spammer, do you think the suspension of merely one account would offend so badly regarding deter me from starting new ones? I would imagine that your real spammer would be back ab muscles day after his first suspension having a virulent vengeance.
In short; the wrongfully convicted may possibly never return whilst the genuine spammers will simply develop two new heads for each and every one that is cut.