Update: Bill Barnett pointed out in a comment Oct. 22 that the 8th bullet point below does indeed refer to recurring tweets. Thank you, Bill.

There have been many reports that Twitter has “announced” that recurring tweets would become a Terms of Service Violation. Several blogs, including the SocialOomph blog, have posted the following text:

Recurring Tweets are a violation no matter how they are done, including whether or not someone pays you to have a special privilege. We don’t want to see any duplicate tweets whatsoever- They pollute Twitter, and tools shouldn’t be given to enable people to break the rules. Spinnable text seems to just be a way to bypass the rules against duplicate updates and essentially provides the same problems.

It is unclear how this was communicated, though I suspect it was via press release. Reports also state that recurring tweets would be a violation of Twitter’s Terms of Service (TOS). The current TOS page (as of the publication of this post) does not seem to include any specific prohibition against recurring tweets, but they are banned in The Twitter Rules, a supplement to the basic TOS, although using different language. are more definitive, but also don’t reference recurring tweets.

The Twitter Rules regarding spam make it a violation:

  • If you have followed a large amount of users in a short amount of time;
  • If you have followed and unfollowed people in a short time period, particularly by automated means (aggressive follower churn);
  • If you repeatedly follow and unfollow people, whether to build followers or to garner more attention for your profile;
  • If you have a small number of followers compared to the amount of people you are following;
  • If your updates consist mainly of links, and not personal updates;
  • If a large number of people are blocking you;
  • The number of spam complaints that have been filed against you;
  • If you post duplicate content over multiple accounts or multiple duplicate updates on one account
  • If you post multiple unrelated updates to a topic using #
  • If you post multiple unrelated updates to a trending or popular topic
  • If you send large numbers of duplicate @replies
  • If you send large numbers of unsolicited @replies in an attempt to spam a service or link
  • If you repost other user’s content without attribution.
  • If you have attempted to “sell” followers, particularly through tactics considered aggressive following or follower churn.
  • Using or promoting third-party sites that claim to get you more followers (such as follower trains, sites promising “more followers fast,” or any other site that offers to automatically add followers to your account).

There’s a lot more here than I remember from the last time I looked, but no mention of recurring tweets. I was surprised to see, for example, that it is a violation to promote follower schemes. I love this provision and will now start reporting people who tweet these schemes.

Honestly, over the years I have not been able to see where Twitter has been headed, what its grand strategy is, but I am encouraged by its recent efforts to combat the spam that is ruining it.

ed, what its grand strategy is, but I am encouraged by its recent efforts to combat the spam that is ruining it.