Twitter Takes Action against spammers.

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Here's why your favourite Twitter spamming tools are not working any more:

http://digitalcommons.law.scu.edu/cg...ext=historical
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  • Profile picture of the author cashtree
    Thanks, how'd you stumble upon that?
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  • Profile picture of the author SocialMediaOwls
    The "damages" they are seeking seem to be pretty cheap (and fair)....I know for a fact these guys made 50X as much as twitter is asking
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    • Profile picture of the author Eric Graudins
      Originally Posted by SocialMediaOwls View Post

      The "damages" they are seeking seem to be pretty cheap (and fair)....I know for a fact these guys made 50X as much as twitter is asking
      Read it more closely :-)
      Those figures are minimum amounts, to conform to some legal rules.
      Actual damages are to be determined by the court - and will probably be way more than they've made from the exercise.
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      • Profile picture of the author SocialMediaOwls
        Originally Posted by Eric Graudins View Post

        Read it more closely :-)
        Those figures are minimum amounts, to conform to some legal rules.
        Actual damages are to be determined by the court - and will probably be way more than they've made from the exercise.

        I doubt it....they will be settled out of court by a San Francisco Superior Court mediator.

        It will be for a fraction of those costs listed IF they agree to stop selling their "tools"
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        • Profile picture of the author PeteTheMonetizer
          Originally Posted by SocialMediaOwls View Post

          I doubt it....they will be settled out of court by a San Francisco Superior Court mediator.

          It will be for a fraction of those costs listed IF they agree to stop selling their "tools"
          So what about the people who have already purchased it?

          Do you think things will keep rolling smoothly?
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          • Profile picture of the author SocialMediaOwls
            Originally Posted by PeteTheMonetizer View Post

            So what about the people who have already purchased it?

            Do you think things will keep rolling smoothly?

            Well, there are hundreds and hundreds of tools out there...most people that were using TA will just move to whomever is still standing
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            • Profile picture of the author PeteTheMonetizer
              Originally Posted by SocialMediaOwls View Post

              Well, there are hundreds and hundreds of tools out there...most people that were using TA will just move to whomever is still standing
              Lol.

              That's a very good point.

              Is it bad that you just made me feel a lot better?

              Anywho-zel, Tweet Adder is still working currently and I just bought it a few days ago for $188, in other words, I'm going to make Twitter spam city until the program shuts down so I can at least make a profit.

              Hey, you can't blame me right?
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          • Profile picture of the author Bill Farnham
            Originally Posted by PeteTheMonetizer View Post

            So what about the people who have already purchased it?

            Do you think things will keep rolling smoothly?
            The lawsuit asks for an injunction against the use of those tools and you can bet your bottom dollar the companies who created those tools will be asked to show their books during the discovery phase of the trial.

            No doubt one of the reason the lawsuit is being sought against the providers is to discover if broader legal action needs to be taken against the users of such tools.

            Look on page 18 of the document specifically where it says "all persons or entities acting in concert with them"...if you're using those tools and violating Twitters TOS that means you, sparky.

            The fat lady hasn't even begun to warm up yet.

            ~Bill
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        • Profile picture of the author Eric Graudins
          Originally Posted by SocialMediaOwls View Post

          I doubt it....they will be settled out of court by a San Francisco Superior Court mediator.

          It will be for a fraction of those costs listed IF they agree to stop selling their "tools"
          I don't think so.
          IMHO Twitter will nail these people to the wall as an example that if you try to game Twitter, you'll be financially ruined.

          Anyway - we'll see who is right as this develops :-)
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          • Profile picture of the author SocialMediaOwls
            Originally Posted by Eric Graudins View Post

            I don't think so.
            IMHO Twitter will nail these people to the wall as an example that if you try to game Twitter, you'll be financially ruined.

            Anyway - we'll see who is right as this develops :-)

            I went through the exact thing with a billion dollar gaming company 7 years ago almost identical circumstances.....trust me.....they want to settle outside of court. This won't get past the mediator.
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            • Profile picture of the author Eric Graudins
              Originally Posted by SocialMediaOwls View Post

              This won't get past the mediator.
              Like I said - We'll see :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author Fallen_Angel
    that really sux
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  • Profile picture of the author Trevor M
    Looks like spammers are going to have to find a new strategy to keep annoying people.
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  • I'm not surprised... people hate spam regardless if it's email, fax, postal mail, tweets or blog comments. But this does establish precedent that marketers are financially responsible for perceived damages due to spam...
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  • Profile picture of the author PeteTheMonetizer
    But my Twitter spamming tools are still working.

    Tweet Adder and Tweet Attacks still work man.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lightlysalted
    There are always some people who love to spam. There's a balancing act between promoting your business and spamming and many people on twitter cross the line too much!
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  • Profile picture of the author Manoj V
    Although the tools are not sold any more they still do work on Twitter. I guess going ahead the tools will stop working as Twitter updates their platform.
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  • Profile picture of the author John Warsop
    Thank god for this, nothing worse than seeing your twitter feed full of crap. Unfollowed about 50 people last week just for spam
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Worner
    Good, and about time.

    -Chris
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
      There's one good reason for Twitter to pursue this, rather than settling for a mediator's decision - precedent.

      If they get the jury trial they're demanding, and they can nail some hides to the wall, they smooth the path to stopping more spammers in the future. If they can get a judgment for ruinous damages into the public record, it will make serving notice on the small-timers and bottom feeders easier.

      Look at what some fairly well-publicized cases have done for the name "Getty Images" in the world of IP infringement.

      As a side effect, if Twitter wins its case then other companies (Facebook, Youtube, et.al.) will have another arrow in their quiver when going after the spammers of their platforms.

      #Sic'emTwitter
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      • Profile picture of the author Eric Graudins
        Originally Posted by JohnMcCabe View Post

        There's one good reason for Twitter to pursue this, rather than settling for a mediator's decision - precedent.
        Exactly.

        Interesting to see the great wailing on other threads from people who only use this software "responsibly".

        Apparently nobody uses it for spamming.

        Just like everyone used to buy Playboy just for the articles - and NEVER to look at the pictures!
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        • Profile picture of the author Fernando Veloso
          Originally Posted by Eric Graudins View Post

          Just like everyone used to buy Playboy just for the articles - and NEVER to look at the pictures!
          Oh!!! You mean there were articles in there?
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          • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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            Originally Posted by Fernando Veloso View Post

            Oh!!! You mean there were articles in there?
            lol ... yes, there were articles cleverly hidden between the photos of naked women

            Good for Twitter. Get 'em
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