15 September 2009 | Team Tamar

Twitter: Bots Be Warned?

According to Mashable, Twitter’s recently announced ‘new’ Terms of Service may mean the end of bots. Apparently, Ev and Biz want to keep things ‘human’ and an account could be subject to termination, “if your updates consist mainly of links, and not personal updates.”

Humph! So, does that mean bye bye news media accounts? They’re 99.9% links and not personal, per se.

For me, Twitter has become my preferred way of staying on top of news in my native America, now that I’m living here in the UK. When a story breaks, I get a tweet from the major news sources I follow and almost immediately, commentary from the ‘humans’ on my ‘following’ list. The interplay between the two is part of the reason why I became so hooked on Twitter.

Won’t the bad spammy bots get wiped out by other amendments to the Terms of Service? Let the good ones stay!

Team Tamar

  • http://www.tamar.com Adam Taylor

    I get most of my news from @guardiannews. I get nerdy command line tips from @commandlinefu and I hope to build a freelancing site using Twitter so I really hope they don’t go over the top with bot culling!