To build my twitter following I use a basic strategy every day:
- I use some search tools to get a filtered list of 50 accounts that are likely to be interested in my account and content.
- Then I open the profile of each of those users and click the follow button for every one.
- After a couple of days I check which people did not follow me back and I unfollow them
This is a really boring process as I’d rather focus on the social part, actually tweeting, interacting with followers and reading / retweeting their tweets but I found it’s a good strategy to do every day.
I was playing with the twitter API and I’d like to automate this part of my strategy. As far as I can see the rules do not allow this:
You may not use or develop any application that allows for the following or unfollowing of user accounts in a bulk or automated manner.
The API however does provide methods for following people with an API call so I guess it’s allowed in some scenarios.
It’s not clear to me why it is possible to do it with the API if it is forbidden. Can I follow someone automatically every 5 minutes for example?
Can anyone tell me if there is something I can do that is allowed by the rules? Otherwise I’m going to have to stay with clicking 50 follow buttons every day