Want to AddFollowers on Twitter? You Better Read the Fine Print!

July 16th, 2009 |


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A lot of Twitter users are interested in adding more followers to their account.  Whether they are looking to expand their brand or looking to boost their online ego, the amount of followers can be an important factor in your Twitter world.

There was a recent launch of a new site that will help you add more followers to your Twitter account.  While these type of sites have been popping up more recently, this one has upset some Twitter users because of their own incompetency.

Who To Trust?

One important thing not only on Twitter, but for any site you come across, do not share your login information with anyone you do not trust.  Twitter is implementing something called “OAuth” which is a way for you to allow third party sites to access your Twitter account with your permission.  Using OAuth is a process that will protect your login credentials from third party sites while you still get to use the features and functions from those third party sites.  Basically they never see your password information.

With that being said, this particular addfollowers site does not currently use this technology which if you use any third party site that does not use OAuth, you can be setting yourself up for a whole slew of problems.  While OAuth use is not the main reason for this blog post, it is definitely something that should be mentioned for those not familiar with it.

Getting More Followers

Whatever your reason to increase your follower count, there are various tools and scripts that can help you accomplish this task should you not want to do it manually.  This post is also not about whether it is right or wrong when it comes to using automation software, but rather you need to read into the fine print of what you are agreeing to when using a third party service.

Read the Fine Print

We have all done it…too much jibber-jabber text to sift through on the Terms and Conditions pages that nearly every site has.  While this is something none of us should do, chances are at one point in time or another we have glanced over it or better yet, simply skipped to the “accept” checkbox and move on.

Unfortunately, this neglect to read what you are agreeing to has led many Twitter users calling out this particular site as a “scammer”, “spammer”, “hacker” and everything in between.  Not really fair to the site owners when in fact it is clearly listed in their terms of service what can be expected for using their service.  In fact their TOS are easy to read…not your typical legal jargon you get on some sites, but a clearly labeled and numbered list of items.

Let’s take a look at a screenshot of part of the terms of service for this particular site.  Please note we highlighted #3 as the key point this whole post is in reference to.  It is pretty straightforward and easy to understand what you are agreeing to.


OK Having Said All That, What’s The Big Deal?

Reverting back towards the beginning of the article, many Twitter users want to increase their follower counts.  The site these Twitter users chose to use and agreed to the terms of service at signup, are now getting automated promotional tweets from this site onto their Twitter stream (per the TOS the Twitter users agreed to).


Why several Twitter users are quick to call foul on this site for posting tweets into their account, they have absolutely no one to blame but themselves.  Due to these Twitter users own neglect, they are unfairly calling out this addfollowers site as a “scammer”, “spammer”, “hacker”, “phisher” and everything in between.  It is not the creator(s) of the sites fault you did not read what you were getting into, and should not be labeled something inappropriate because of your own incompetency.


OK So You Screwed Up and Did Not Read the Fine Print

No need to get upset that you are getting called out for not reading what you were getting yourself into…but you are probably interested in stopping the promotional tweets that are being posted to your account.  The quickest and easiest solution is to change your Twitter password.  You can also try visiting the site you granted your username and password to opt out of their service.

Next time these Twitter users need to be more aware of what they signed up and agreed with before calling out someone else who clearly listed what you were getting with the use of their service.  Just because you were too lazy to read the terms, doesn’t mean you should get upset at the site.

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  • Tedb

    Great post — I was damned to Twitter Purgatory months ago and had to fight my Twoutlaw status at the Judge Judy Zen Desk. The fine print really does matter ! http://bit.ly/bKWVb1

  • Tedb

    Great post — I was damned to Twitter Purgatory months ago and had to fight my Twoutlaw status at the Judge Judy Zen Desk. The fine print really does matter ! http://bit.ly/bKWVb1

  • http://santafetravelers.com Steve

    Good points. It's a good idea to be discriminating and to remeber that Twitter is a social network not a spam platform.