Fingers up, everyone who has a new Twitter Account!
Now, put your hand straight down again, if you have actually used Twitter to plug your distinct work. (Be honest!)
Lastly, put your hand down when you have NOT read all the foundations. (Again, be honest.)
Obviously this is some sort of hypothetical scenario but my guess is, if you were that will put these questions to 1000 Twitter users, by the time this is finished there would be a small number of hands remaining. Unfortunately, according to the guidelines of Twitter, this would mean you had a room full regarding spammers.
Before we go any further I should state that i did use Twitter until a short time ago when my bank account was suspended for spamming. I opened it to be greeted with this information;
This account is currently suspended and is also being investigated due for you to strange activity. If we have stopped your account mistakenly, please let us realize. See Suspended Accounts to read more.
Assuming this to always be an easily fixable malfunction, I looked into it further until I located this message;
Your account was hanging for cross-posting duplicate twitter updates and messages across multiple accounts, a violation of our terms of service as well as the Twitter Rules that all of us take very seriously. Your account will remain suspended for at least one week; you may petition with regard to reinstatement on social media or after August 17, 2009.
An obvious and blatant spamming approach on my part, you may think, but the simple the reality is; I only ever had one account. As frustrating as this case may be for us, personally, it is nothing when compared to the frustrations of Twitter, itself.
I have to disclose that, according to the guidelines of twitter (i have now read), I was not whiter than white when you use it. In my short time for account holder I came to the conclusion that most users (people who I was interested within following, at least) were tweeting, either from or regarding their work, personally posting links and pictures on the page that they assumed their followers would want to consider. I followed suit believing this to become a good use of twitter as most of the time, our work is what individuals would be most keen on. If Stephen Fry, for example, were to talk regarding the weather or the beautiful cup of tea he was drinking (being extra careful not to mention the company who manufactured it) who be interested? We want to find out about his work because which is what is interesting with regards to him. As for the rest people mortals, because our jobs might not be as interesting to nearly all as Mr. Fryæ¦¯, we look for people within a similar line of work to ourselves to banter with and share information. If we are never to discuss what we perform, how are we to discover these people?
This could prove a hard area for Twitter in order to police. Once you have browse the rules on spamming, in particular, you realize that, if all of them were to be upheld to the correspondence, they would have not many users left indeed.
There is talk regarding Twitter Business, a service that enables people to advertize what they do without nervous about persecution. But will anyone utilize this as a social community? More likely, people will only use it if they are seeking a specific service. So, a search engine, then, which only allows the advertiser 140 characters to spell out what they do so that you can sell their wares. This will leave the advertiser with just one real option; to put up links to some place else where he can go into more detail about his goods and services. The links would, more than likely, be to a internet site... Which has to plead the question; Why not cut out the middle man and just use the search engines instead?
This is probably the final outcome most people (and a lot spammers, for that matter) should come to once the hype dies down a bit so lets hope it's not the way Twitter plans to monetize itself or it will probably have a lot of disappointed paying advertisers upon its hands.
So, if Twitter Business doesnæ¦° seem probably be viable eventually, we are left using, plain old, Twitter; a social network where everyone is not allowed to advertize what they do for nervous about being suspended.
It does go with out saying that none folks enjoy receiving spam which Twitter has to take a step to prevent it, lest people will stop when using the service. But, if it is to become trusted by its users, it cannot be suspending all of them for cross posting identical tweets across multiple reports without first checking these users are actually guilty with the infringement. If they continue to take action then the current suspension insurance plan will ultimately achieve the other of its objective.
Though my Twitter account has been reinstated, I now cannot escape the feeling that trying to rebuild my social networking would be, at best, humiliating and at worst, just pointless, knowing, as I do, that Twitter could close it at at any time due to circumstances that are neither my fault neither within my control (if they actually exist to begin with). And so it is hence, I will probably not really use my account approximately used to and would definitely not have opened the latest one had the initial not been reinstated as i (and, I suspect, my erstwhile followers) could have seen this as a good admission of guilt.
Much more importantly regarding Twitter, however; if I were the dyed-in-the-wool spammer, do you think the suspension of one account would offend so badly in respect of deter me from starting new ones? I would imagine that the 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 mature two new heads per one that is cut.