The article is about how to avoid getting in trouble when sending Automated Direct Messages to your new Twitter followers!
I have been using the Crowdfire app for about a month to manage my Twitter account. Among the things you can do with this app is sending Automated Direct Messages to your new followers, and I was using that functionality. Recently my account got stormed by a lot of followers (over 400+ a day), so Crowdfire sent the Automated Direct Message I put there to every one of them and BOOM! this email happened:
After this, I followed Twitter’s instructions to unlock my account and researched the reason of the lock. I found that if you send Automated Messages, it is NOT recommended to put links on them because they will considered as spam and you are putting your account in serious risk! Thankfully, my account didn’t get banned and I learned from this mistake. Now I’m either sending personalized welcome messages manually or thanking my followers through my tweets.
If you are being followed by a suspicious number (like 400 a day) of fake accounts, whatever you do, please avoid following them back as they might being a sign of an attack on your account! I don’t know why this happened to me, as I never buy followers or anything like that. If you make the mistake of doing follow backs to all of them, you’ll be spammed with more useless followers, thus, making your social managing app such as Crowdfire to spam your Automated Messages to every single fake follower and risking a ban from Twitter. I don’t blame Crowdfire for this because they warn you to be careful when sending Automated Direct Messages with links on them here.
I won’t be using Crowdifre anymore as every time I try to link my Twitter account with them, Twitter invalidates the authentication token that gives them permission to manage your account. But if you ever decide to use them, don’t schedule Automated Direct Messages with links in them under any circumstances! Other than that, Crowdfire is a good app to manage your Twitter followers and unfollowers, as well as Instagram, but I’m researching better alternatives that are not too costly. If you want to learn more about the Twitter rules click here.
In this document you can learn about the limits of how many people you can follow per day and the behavior that you should have while doing so. If you follow more hundreds of people a day (or unfollow) an alert message will appear telling you that you have reached your daily limit. Try to avoid this message no matter what or your account might get banned! I recommend that your follow about 100 people a day even though the theoretical daily follow limit is 1000 follows. Remember that your behavior on Twitter is being monitored as well for spammy activity and not just the numbers!
Stay safe and be careful with SPAM, is not good for your health!