28 Mar 2013

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How to Avoid Getting Suspended on Twitter

 Irritated  of getting suspended of Twitter often ? Hell, that is really pathetic. I was  suspended 3 times when I  started to use Twitter. The saddest part is this happened to me within 4 months. I was like "What the Hell ?". That was a year back and somehow I am maintaining my account from getting suspended any more. I have been seeing some of my followers getting suspended often, and some even used to create new accounts again.  It is really frustrating to get suspended often when you are just about to show interest on it. Trust me I had been through. Here, I wanted to make this post for all the tweeps on Twitter who hate getting suspended often.
                         The following tips will help you to know why you are getting suspended too often and also help you avoid getting suspended. I am sure to tell you that if you follow the below tips, you'll never get suspended very often.

Avoid Spamming :

                   Okay... The first and foremost thing twitter guys check on your profile is whether you are using your account to spam the stream. When I say "check on your profile" doesn't mean they look into your privacy. They will get notified if there is an different activity relating to spam. Well, it happens all the time when we use gain free followers tools that are available millions a day. Gaining followers is a vital thing considering Twitter, but you can gain followers by other means manually or by marketing you profile. Most of the free followers gaining tools send tweets with their links automatically even when you are not online. Don't make Twitter guys see you as a spammer.

Avoid Aggressive Following:

                Like I said, while using those third party followers gaining tools they get you hundreds of followers a day. You can use once a day. It's no biggie from your side. But using more than one followers gaining tool a day gets you large number of followers. But the fact is Twitter watchlists the profile that follow aggressively. When you follow a 100 numbers its not a big deal. But when you are said to follow more than 300 or 400 a day, it is a big deal. You may get suspended so for some days until you request a ticket. Unnoticing will lead to permanent suspension.

Avoid Aggressive Unfollowing:

                The same applies to unfollowing too. You can unfollow a certain number of users a day. More than the limit resulting in suspension of your account. It is said in Twitter that you can follow as many users only if you are visiting their profile and then click the unfollow. It may take much time to visit the particular profile and unfollow it. So, try not to unfollow too many a day. Use some tools that allow only a limit (mostly all free tools have limit for both follows and unfollows). Note that you should not use all of them a day. It leads to aggressive behavior.

Getting Blocked by Users:

                  Avoid abusive tweets on Twitter. Don't make a scene over your followers or anyone on Twitter. Who knows they may block you for your behavior with them. There is also a chance of getting suspended when you are getting blocked by many users. Try and avoid little fights with your tweepers. Be user-friendly and interactive. Mostly try to never mind anything so serious on Twitter. It will help you avoid getting blocked as well as suspended. Most of the times, people will block you because when they receive spam DM's from you. But you have no idea when and why you sent them a spam DM. Its because of the third party tools you are using that are not authorized.

Avoid Duplicated Contents:

               Twitter suspends you for duplicating the tweet contents. That is you cannot tweet a content more than one time. You may have seen when you try to tweet something and it shows an error message "Whoops!! You already tweeted that!". You can tweet it differently meaning the same content. Avoid duplicating contents on your Twitter Stream to stay out of suspension.

Careful with @ mentions:

            Mentions should be used properly in Twitter. It provides you the facility that you can tweet any person with the @ mention even though they are not following you or vice versa. But when you use the mention in most cases and you're not responded (unresponded mention) , then it is considered as spam. There is a chance of you getting suspended for reckless mentions all the time. Moreover, the person who you have mentioned may even block you leading to the suspension of your account. So if you want to mention someone, its okay. Use polite words to attract them so that even if they don't likely to reply you, won't block you.

Conclusion:

           Behave wisely to stay out of trouble. Once suspended, it'll be like a real irritating moment for anyone. You have to wait for some time to request a ticket and also it'll become  2 days at normal cases. If you try to  follow the above mentioned tips, you'll never get suspended again.

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38 comments:

  1. Awesome advices dude, thanks for sharing (y)

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  2. I really Love this. Its Cool. Thanks Brother.

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  3. It just depends on your account. Aged accounts can literally follow 1k people a day and not get suspended. Otherwise , it's a decent 'twitter for dummies' blog

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  4. i only followed 50 people today and twitter suspended me? what is a safe number? it seems crazy you have to meet new people so slowly... isn't the whole point of twitter to be social and network :( kinda lame really...

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  5. Sometimes that happens without any reason, it's a shame!! May be they don't like it to be too spammy.

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  6. Awesome post thanks. I see a lot of people complaining that they got suspended after violating the tos.

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  7. @anon, there's no such a thing as "safe". It's how fast you follow. Just don't over do it.

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  8. I agree with what @Pete said. Its just how fast you follow and unfollow as well. If you overdo, you'll risk it.

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  9. Good tips, thanks for sharing. I had my account temporarily suspended for publishing a Google Reader RSS feed to my twitter account, but only for 3 links per day.

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  10. Suspended for two months and received no replies to my appeals. Quite frustrating.

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  11. I guess then its time for you, a new profile instead waiting :)

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  12. Well on my third Twitter acct closed the others due to Twitter's response to problems on the site, went back on in response to some of my followers.. However, this is the first time I was ever suspended & twice in as many days no less.. Twitters terse form email to me telling me why (?) I was suspended is truly not applicable to me & that really annoys me with this "social" site.. Not sure why they even suspend anyone for normal following since its supposed to be a "social" site, well how can you be social if you don't have followers to follow ? Oxymoron.. Waiting again for a reply to my third problem ticket which is rude IMOO & it is rude to my followers who I can't contact to give them a heads up courtesy tweet or anything else to tell them "I'm suspended for (?)".. They are trying to tell me I use an auto follow site which is not true & as I told them I only follow back people that share a common interest with me since I don't care to argue with people on a free 'social' site.. Very confusing for this retired, senior, systems analyst.. Not used to this type of treatment from a business & FB certainly operates much differently yet the 'social' platform is the same with many of the same end users.. As we used to note in accounting classes "too much or too fast a growth in a company can hurt their bottom line" & perhaps that is the issue with Twitter too much side growth not enough attention to main source of income.. Rant over & BTW I do follow all of the steps you noted & got suspended anyway; must be a seniors thing.. As to your suggestion to another commenter about creating a new profile while that's a quick solution it loses the followers from the former profile & that's sad because you can't notify them of your new name.. Bad business management.. TYVM

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  13. That's frustrating. BTW getting suspended is also possible if your account got hacked and spreading spammy DM's all over to your followers. I'm not sure this suits your case.

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  14. @vicky... I don't think my account was hacked because the first thing they would have told me would have been 'change your password'.. Instead I keep getting those auto/robo email responses which drive me crazy.. Poor customer service IMO.. I worked for 36 yrs in a customer service driven business both internal & external customers so lack of it shows immediately to me.. Up to 7 problem tickets & 7 email responses still the same ride on the merry-go-round of no information.. A Google search on Twitter Suspensions brought up some very interesting articles/reviews/comments on the topic which I happily shared on other sites.. Twitter I guess doesn't need the PPC dollars any longer which is fine just let me know I'm signed onto other 5 other sites that don't choke you with # of characters to use, # of tweets in a hour (which is really funny for a social networking site) so I will say adios to them & never look back.. My real issue is the lack of customer service to their end users that bring them the income that IMO is very poor business management.. What's the old metaphor "a satisfied customer only tells 5 people a dissatisfied customer tells everyone" (pp).. Done ranting.. TIA

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  15. @vicky... Just a PS to my last post.. As a result of the research I did today & one particular article on Twitter & Suspensions I believe I have come to the conclusion why my account was suspended & so much for that.. We were hot on the voting issues & politics this weekend hotter then normal & Twitter goes in a different political direction then my friends & I do & there have been many suspension of accounts recently because of that.. Others have felt the ire too & that's sad... Long live Blue...

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    1. I was suspended this morning. First time. I have been tweeting both houses in congress but mostly one side. The last two days I finally tweeted the other side. Since this one two day period, I am suspended. I guess you could call it spam but I was communicating my civil thoughts to the party members. No animosity at all. I surmise the latest tweets were to the wrong side. Sounds partisan on the Twitter side.

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  16. I didn't do anything, but I still got suspended. I JUST opened this account. And I think it's because it's not private.

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  17. Hey I've get suspended almost a 4 times now! 3 times, it was fine and I get my account back easily within a day! But this 4th is tough now, waiting for 2 days and submited 5+ twickets to twitter! I don't know why its like this. The reason why it suspends, is sending multiple tweet to people using @! So so so...

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  18. I might get back into the twitter scene. I left due to constant suspensions. I'm sure I've been through several accounts. Reading this article makes me want to start using the site again. Maybe I can avoid suspensions this time.

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  19. Tom is right, of course. It’s an endless game of predator-and-prey. As fast as we evolve new strategies to foil the spammers, the spammers evolve strategies to overcome them. emails

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  20. I have over thousands of followers and I'm afraid to loose them from aggressive behaviors so this page help me a lot and gave me a wake up call

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  21. Hi, I got suspended just for tweeting my website: http://wholesaleboutiqueclothing.blogspot.co.nz/ Not sure why they would suspended me for that but they did.

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  22. Great piece of advice. Thanks Brother! It helps a lot! For me, the trick is to not falling for the attractiveness of following quickly. As well, it is convenient for you to have an idea of the profile you want for yourself! If you have an objective in mind, then it will come more naturally to avoid potential pitfalls, as you will be building your follower base steadily.

    I totally agree on the aging theory, as it seems proven right in my case: as a newb, I got "The Eye of Sauron" almost immediately , but now that the profile is "aged" or matured, the community grows more solid and not only followers but friends as well!
    To me, it ended up like this: ACT NATURALLY, like a human will do, get real! it is not true that you can follow that many... as well as not everything is in your taste to get RT worthy, so play consistent, and you'll be safe.
    Do not get obsessive if you get suspended. Work to get it back and start to act naturally, like nothing happened. If you get too obsessive, then you will act irrationally and most likely end up violating any of the TOS and get suspended again. Break the vicious circle.

    Thanks again! That's my 2c worth of advise.

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  23. its been a week since ive made my 2 account but both was suspended, i don't know why, i just follow 11 famous people in one day and tweeted 4x, but as soon as i log in and log out at the same day, i was suspended, and thats really frustrating, facebook is far more friendly than tweeter :)

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  24. I was also suspended after being with Twitter for 3 years. Had thousands of followers. I have decided not to use it any more as don't want to waste any more of my time building relationships on there only to be closed without warning. We are all at the mercy of Twitter here! I have started using facebook more, although its harder trying to promote a business on there. I also signed up to another site to promote my business called zoomspec.com and pinterest etc. Someone should come up with an alternative to Twitter - maybe the fact they have just floated is somehow behind this?

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  25. Awesome dude

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  27. I have almost 3,000 followers. My acct is 6 months old.

    I got suspended 4x for following and following too aggressively when I first started the account. I was more careful to F/UF slowly by the hour. After I passed 1,000 and rose to 2,800 I had no problem F or UF. I used the post-it note feature on my desktop to keep track of my F/UF numbers by the hour, which was limited to 7. I have zero egg accts and no fake followers - I make sure of that. I don't F more than 100 p/day and I don't UF more than 100 p/day.

    I still got suspended today, after following only 30 people in 6 hrs. There is a lot of chatter on forums that once you pass 2,000 followers, you can still follow up to 1,000 people, but you can't follow to quickly unfollow (within 2 hrs) if a person you've just followed won't follow you back. I gather, it's the unfollowing that annoys Twitter. I don't see why, it doesn't annoy the ppl I try to follow.

    Does anyone know, is there a limit of suspensions Twitter holds that leads to a permanent ban, for example, after 8 suspensions, you are automatically banned?

    I wish someone would come up with a new version of this Twitter website --- twatter? Something. Anything. I feel that Twitter should give you a warning BEFORE they suspend you. And once people have accts that are 6 months, a year, 3 years old, those older accts should be treated with more respect.

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  28. As soon as my account was unsuspended I decided to deactivate my @pjl20101 account. Apparently I was sending out multiple unsolicited @replies and mentions. Trouble is you can't argue with the twitter staff who run it so I decided to call it a day. Basically it seems unlikely or impossible that I will create a brand new account as twitter and I don't get on, they are just too political.

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  29. I have also been suspended - 3 weeks now and not a single response from Twitter. I am not going to bother creating another account as whats to stop them doing this again? I had just over 1000 followers and was tweeting about my startup. I was and still am very pissed off so I started digging around about how to get my account back and also where else I could network amd promote and spotted the post about zoomspec.com on here so took a look.. I ended up registering on the site and was pleasantly surprised. It has potential to be a very useful platform for people like me. Its worth a look guys

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  30. Great article & useful tools! You can also use this site => http://twitterunfollow.net. Here you can find people that don't follow you back. Super easy to use!

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  31. They should simply make follow limits instead of banning people. Once you hit the limit you can't follow any more, easy. They get you to follow their tos and you don't lose your 30k account.

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  32. So, to summarize your post, don't act like an A55HOLE.

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