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Followers protect against account suspension.

by Zach Green on January 25, 2013

in Twitter Campaign Tips

Most spammers on Twitter have to repeatedly create accounts after they get suspended. Since the accounts are always new they have relatively few followers. For this reason, Twitter’s algorithms that detect spam are more sensitive to accounts with fewer followers.

Recently, a group organized under the tag #TGDN has been connected with coordinated spam-blocking. Accounts with few followers are particularly susceptible to their attacks and likely to be suspended.

To protect yourself, it is important to have over 3000 followers. The quickest way to make this happen is through a mutual follow list, where all members agree to follow one another.

@UniteBlue launched that list yesterday night, and it is about to be maxed out. So we will start a second. Then a third…and forward until we have a network so large no progressive is suspended again.

Want to join? Tweet “I want to Join @UniteBlue” then follow everyone on this list. Simple.

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TiminHonolulu January 26, 2013 at 3:32 pm

Don’t suppose there is an automated way to follow a large list?

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Zach Green January 26, 2013 at 3:39 pm

Not yet – but we’re looking to build something :)

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Zalatix February 5, 2013 at 9:46 am

I’d love to make use of that auto-follow function if it is ever made. Clicking on 3000 people is fairly tough, Twitter is being slow tonight. I’m trying, though…

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@AlexanderFurnas January 31, 2013 at 4:40 pm

Another good way to protect yourself (instead of having 3k) would be to not be spammy. Their are many other things in the algorithm, I assume, and unless you are sending links to rando’s with no text etc. etc. I doubt you will ping the algo.

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Auna February 3, 2013 at 2:09 pm

FYI – I clicked on the link “follow everyone on this list” but it gives the message “page doesn’t exist.” I’ll try linking through @UniteBlue list for now.

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Zach Green February 3, 2013 at 2:15 pm

Fixed!

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Zalatix February 5, 2013 at 9:44 am

Twitter blocked me from posting hashtags because of Conservitards, so it’s obvious what the con jobs are doing. I’m also on Google Plus and Tumblr to bypass Twitter’s blocks. Maybe now as a part of this group, I can force Twitter to drop the block? Bah, maybe not.

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Zach Green February 5, 2013 at 6:47 pm

If you’re blocked from Twitter Search, which most people don’t know happens, you will most likely never be added back. Sorry :(

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Zalatix February 7, 2013 at 10:55 am

I am hearing rumors that if you follow a lot of people suddenly, Twitter temporarily suspends your account. Is this true? I’ve got a lot of new followers and I don’t want that to happen if I re-follow them back en masse… maybe 10 at a time?

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Zach Green February 7, 2013 at 11:13 am

You can be suspended for aggressive following. I suggest you follow under 50 people per day until you have 500 followers, then follow under 100 per day until you have 2000 followers.

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