A list of Costly Twitter Mistakes

Are you making these costly Twitter mistakes?

Spam on Twitter

Here’s the skinny: One or more of the following mistakes are likely to result in having your account suspended on Twitter.

1. Twitter Spam: The biggest no no of them all=Spam. Spam is the abuse of electronic messaging by sending unsolicited messages indiscriminately.

2. Twitter User Abuse: A large number of people block the profile or write in with spam complaints.

3. Twitter Aggressive following: Using programs out there that claim to get you 1000’s of follow in just days could get you suspended. Just remember quality is better then quantity.

4. Twitter Updates consist of duplicate links: Sending out the same tweet over and over again can get you suspended. You can also lose many of your followers doing this.

5. Stealing: Updates poached from others’ twitter timelines, passed off as one’s own. Putting your own spin on a tweet will keep you safe.

6. Twitter Technical Abuse: Updates consist of links pointing to phishing sites, malware, or other harmful material.

7. Multiple Accounts: A large number of accounts is created in a short amount of time. You can have more then one account just don’t create several in a short time.

By all means, avoid these seven costly mistakes. You’ll be glad that you did.

Have you made any of these mistakes or know anyone that has?
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9 Responses to “A list of Costly Twitter Mistakes”

  • avatar Steve SEO UK says:

    I think the last thing anyone wants after spending months building a good followers list is to suddenly find your account suspended.

    What about allowing auto ads to run from say Magpie. I do have an account with them but I am very selective about what ads I allow them to run. Do you know how Twitter feels about these types of advertisers?

    Thanks once again for great info.

  • avatar Al Ferretti says:

    Good day to you Steve,

    You make a great point about spending time building a list of good followers and then BOOM, suddenly your account is suspended.

    Twitter Success is all about Engaging, building relationships and providing value (plus it can be a lot of fun too)

    -Al
    @alferretti

  • avatar Jesse says:

    If your computer froze or something, and you clicked the “update” button more than once, because you thought it didn’t work, than when your computer unfreezes it shows up with like 4 of the same tweets, can you still get suspended if you delete all the tweets except one.

  • avatar Al Ferretti says:

    Good Question Jesse,

    Highly unlikely. For the reasons of a technical problem (as you described).

    Not a bad idea to remove the unnecessary tweets
    to prevent confusion with your followers.

    -Al
    @alferretti

  • avatar Steve SEO UK says:

    Hi Al,

    Item 4. about sending out duplicate tweets with same link. I totally agree with this as the last thing I would want to see is a page full of same messages – spam, spam, spam.

    But lets say, like myself, I have followers from around the globe in different time zones. Plus also bare in mind that a tweet has a life span of 10 minutes average before it’s off the radar so to speak. If I tweet an interesting piece of info with a link to a story say at 10am, a large number of my followers from the other side of the world are going to be tucked up in bed asleep and will miss this info. Now to ensure that most of my followers have the chance to see my tweet during their daylight hours, I would have to tweet the message say 4 times in a 24 hour period.

    So the first question is: Does it break the rules tweeting the same message and link 4 times equally spaced over 24 hours?

    If this does break the rules, could I get over this by spinning the message and link (via bit.ly) to ensure that Twitter doesn’t flag me for duplicate content?

    Or maybe there is an alternative which I do not know about to overcome this situation?

    Kind regards, Steve

  • avatar Al Ferretti says:

    Hi Steve,

    Great comment.

    While tweets are in real time, they can have a longevity too. For example, there have been cases where I sent a time (all original) tweet out and days and even weeks later I’ll see it retweeted by one of my followers.

    Answer to your question:
    We have found that it’s okay to repeat tweets in moderation especially when providing value.
    Spinning the content can help keep it fresh and also connect with other people that maybe didn’t see the light (if you will) the first time around.

    -Al
    @alferretti
    http://twitterwatchdog.com

  • Hi Guys. I’m @RoyBlumenthal on Twitter.

    Good list!

    Re Steve’s question about adverts… I certainly don’t speak for others, but I DO know that I have an instant bad reaction to anything that smacks of spam.

    Magpie ads are poison. And I instantly block and spam-report anyone who tweets me a Magpie ad. Or any other ad. I follow people cos I figure they’re interesting. As soon as adverts creep in, they’re no longer interesting to me.

    I have to admit that I insta-block people whose bio details say things like, ‘affiliate marketer’, ‘internet marketer’, ‘SEO guru’, ‘I love helping people’.

    So maybe I’m not the average Twitter user. But I know many of my followers have similar responses to advertising in the tweet stream.

    Blue skies
    Roy.

  • avatar Skeeter says:

    Hi Roy,
    You bring up some good points about the spam on Twitter and how people identify themselves in their bio. I myself am a little more cautious about reporting people to spam, I first un-follow them. If it’s a really bad spammer just popping links all over the Twitter stream I then report them to spam. Sometimes people are spamming and don’t realize it, these are new people to the world of Internet marketing, when I find one of these people I will let them know in a nice way that what they are doing is wrong.

    Thanks,
    Skeeter

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