Twitter: Moderation Versus Automation
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Twitter: Moderation Versus Automation

Just because Twitter doesn't smite everyone, it doesn't mean that you won't get caught. In my opinion, going down the automation road is like playing a rough game of better-be-safe-than-sorry. Do you want to not get kicked out of Twitter? Play it clean. Or don't play at all. Or do you want to walk on the thin line in between? If so, moderation is the key.

Social networking took the Internet by storm. I guess some people had seen it coming, but it still left quite a squabble for the online mob to argue about. I guess the mob includes me. Long before I decided to write this article, I've been debating myself internally whether social networking tools are really worth all the buzz they are getting. To be specific, Twitter.

Among online marketers and webmasters, Twitter has raised one interesting argument about whether automation should be the focal point of their efforts or not. I have got to say, the thought was both promising and aluring. Imagine that you would no longer have to manually send updates to your followers, just to get them to visit your new content. But then again, that particular imagination has become quite popular, as it was given life in the form of Twitter feeds. There is a full armament out there of web apps and websites which gives you this exact functionality.

Another notable idea to Twitter automation is making new friends—automatically. That sounded a little problematic, though. How were you supposed to make friends simply by lying all day in bed, sleeping? Playing video games, perhaps?

Though odd and awkward it may seem, Twitter app developers have come up with a way to make this possible. Unlike feeds, however, I don't see a lot of automated follower tools around the Internet just yet. Most developers are still in some kind of a conflict with Twitter's modesty rules.

Having cleared all that mumbo jumbo about automation, what I do want to know is where to draw the line. There should be a marker that says "stop" somewhere, right? Twitter states it clearly that tolerating abusive automation was not in one of their to-do lists. If you read their terms of service, you should find a whole section which emphasizes how much they hate it.

On another note, Twitter has not actually closed its doors to automation. In fact they do allow it, given that there is some level of user interaction involved. Practically it means that you can automate as much as you want, for as long as you manually interact with your followers adequately. All Twitter wants is some level of moderation. In spite of this, Twitter seems to allow full-automated-feed accounts. Either it was a loophole on their rules and regulations, or Twitter has simply given up on the great number of spammers who doesn't really care about rules.

Be warned, though. Just because Twitter doesn't smite everyone, it doesn't mean that you won't get caught. In my opinion, going down the automation road is like playing a rough game of better-be-safe-than-sorry. Do you want to not get kicked out of Twitter? Play it clean. Or don't play at all. Or do you want to walk on the thin line in between? If so, moderation is the key.

Remember, automation is no crime. Feel free to use it whenever needed. Just don't abuse it. Maintain a decent amount of user interaction. Reply when someone mentions you, asks you, or retweets your updates. Balance the number of automated tweets with the same number of personal updates.

"Moderation versus Automation" was my opening argument.

I think "Moderate Automation" would have sounded better.

 

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Comments (4)

Automation is an interesting face of the future and if it could only automate salvation as well, I may opt for a place in the recycle bin, lol. An interesting topic, kabayan.

Yes, interesting

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