I’m seeing more and more applications that offer a service where users enter in their “competitor” Twitter accounts, and then the system will follow some of those competitors’ followers each day to try to attract their attention.
To me this seems like a blatant breaking of the rules for auto following. While some of the services claim that the actions are still done by humans and aren’t technically “automated”, I think that still goes against the spirit of the rules which is to prevent bulk or indiscriminate following.
So I guess my first question is… is following the followers of a related account (either automated or manually in bulk) allowed? If they’re really related accounts, is that enough for it to not be considered “indiscriminate”?
Not asking for comments on individual apps. But I’m wanting to know because:
- If this is allowed, we would like to add it to our services
- If this is NOT allowed, why is Twitter not enforcing it?