I am interested in developing twitter applications and twitter bots specifically centered around game development and indie gaming. I noticed just recently 2 popular twitter bots that would retweet and interact with specific hashtags in the indie gaming community have been suspended, in regards to the hashtags #gamedev and #indiedev. In doing some research into the twitter policies and rules I found some ambiguity and I would like to know the official stance and some clarity about the policies.
Specifically referencing this policy here: https://support.twitter.com/articles/76915#Retweeting
Automation of Retweets often leads to spam and other negative user experiences; therefore, Retweeting in a bulk or automated manner is prohibited. Automated Retweeting is permitted for apps or accounts that Twitter deems to provide a community benefit.
Would it be possible to get clarification on how Twitter would deem an application or bot to ‘provide community benefit’ and also how would this be evaluated? It would be nice to have some metrics that could be known upfront and before any development takes place so this could be designed into the applications and bots.
For example are there limits on the frequency of hashtag retweeting? Does the content of the tweet matter, images, links, etc? Would the number of followers that a bot has have any relevance to this metric?
Some other popular hashtags that are also used by the indiegaming community on twitter include: #gamedev #indiedev #indiedevhour #ScreenshotSaturday
Thanks for any assistance with this.