As a community based website, we have to focus on quality early in our life cycle. We want people to link their social profiles, but we also need to make sure that we maintain a certain level of quality on the site. This is a difficult job, and it will evolve and change as we develop twiends further. It will also involve our personal judgement around what is acceptable. We want to offer these guidelines as to what is acceptable, and what is not.
We have some very important rules that all users need to observe.
Don't create fake accounts.
Don't spam others.
Don't use automation tools, like bots, auto-clickers or external scripts.
Don't buy or sell accounts.
Buying or selling accounts or seeds:
We don't permit the sale of accounts or seeds on twiends from external sources. The reason for this is that these accounts are usually created
by using fake profiles, and this degrades the quality of the site. Be very wary of any external party trying to sell you seeds. They usually try and generate these seeds using
automation tools. We are able to detect seeds that are generated
using illicit means and we actively suspend the accounts found doing so.
Before we begin:
Please take note of these two very important points:
Some unacceptable profiles may already be on twiends. We do filter submissions, but we also take an approach of trust towards users. We also rely on members reporting bad content, so if you find something that's inappropriate please report it.
What was accepted yesterday, may not be accepted tomorrow. We're evolving our policy and trying to respond to the wishes of our members. Your profile may have been accepted in the past, but if our policy adapts it may be rejected in the future. Of course, you should only be concerned about this if your content is currently borderline.
Churning / Aggressive Unfollowing:
Please note that aggressively following and unfollowing others is not permitted by us or twitter.
When you follow someone you should do this because you want to receive their tweets. Try to follow those with similar interests as this will reduce
the likelihood that you find their tweets uninteresting in the future.
Churning, or Aggressive unfollowing, is characterized as following and unfollowing large numbers of users in a short space of time.
Buying and selling stuff:
It's really important to note that buying and selling followers is expressly prohibited by twitter.
Twiends is free to use by all, but you can purchase seeds on twiends to get people to check you out a little quicker. We do not allow the following:
You may not buy seeds from other websites.
You may not sell seeds to others.
You may not buy or sell twiends accounts.
You may not buy or sell Twitter profiles.
What content is allowed:
Although this list is short, it's pretty general in nature. We're looking for you to add your personal or business profiles that have.
Good content, built with love and care.
Content that adds value to other members.
Content that is interesting.
You may promote your business.
You may promote your personal stuff.
What content is not allowed:
This is probably the place to look first. We think it's easier to define what we don't want, as it makes the process more transparent. Some of these are borderline, so please interpret them in the spirit of twiends:
Adult content - We don't permit highly explicit content on twiends. In future we may provide an adult filter for certain less-explicit content too.
Violence, Hate speech - Generally not accepted.
Gambling - We've accepted some of these in the past, but we've noticed that they do lead to a spam problem. Most of these will be rejected.
Affiliate pages - Some of these will be rejected. We assess the quality of these and whether they lead to spam. Low quality and spammy affiliate content will be rejected.
Broken links - If your page is broken or not found it will be rejected.
Flagged as unsafe - If a browser flags your content as unsafe it will be rejected.
Spamming, Hacking sites - We don't permit sites that promote this activity.
Low Quality - If we think is page's quality is too low we will reject it.
Loads too slowly - If your page takes a long time to load we will reject it. Pages should load within a few seconds.
Redirection - We permit shortened URL's at the moment, but we don't permit strange or excessive redirection.
Dating - This is borderline. Generally avoid adding dating content. Some of the dating content we have come across is inappropriate.
Adverts only - If your website contains excessive adverts we will reject it.
Neobux, Adf.ly, Feedburner - We don't permit these anymore because they bring spam onto the site.
Automation software - Automation software for social networks like Twitter is generally not permitted by twitter, so we don't permit it either.
ToS Infringement - If your content infringes on the terms of service of any of the networks we integrate with we will reject it.
Copyrighted content - We don't allow illegal download sites.
PTC - As these tend to be accompanied by spammers we don't permit PTC sites anymore.
Make Money Sites - Generally we reject make money sites if we think they may lead to spam problem.
Duplicate submissions - You can only add content once, if we find duplicates we will remove the duplicates.
RSS feeds - These tend to create a spam problem. We don't want raw RSS feeds added to the site.
Popups - These are sometimes hard to spot, but we don't like browser disrupting popups.
Plugins - If we find a site that tries to load a plugin we will generally reject it. We unfortunately just have no way to know whether the plugin is malicious or not.
Ponzi Schemes - We don't allow pyramid schemes as they create a spam problem for us on the site.
Twitter is the primary reason twiends exists, and as such we have a specific set of rules around what is not permitted on twiends.
Violating twitter's ToS - Any profile violating twitter's ToS will be rejected.
Fake or serial accounts - Fake accounts will be rejected, along with the twiends account they're linked too. We will also suspend any other accounts that belong to that user.
Spammy tweets - Twitter's guidelines on spam are well described here. We will reject your account if we find repeated links, mentions or hashtags in your tweets that are considered spammy.
RSS feeds - We don't allow Twitter accounts that tweet a constant feed of blog posts or website links.
Selling followers - You may not use twiends to sell followers to other users.
Accounts that break the rules are suspended. Please note the following important points on suspensions.
Suspensions will typically be made without warning or notification. Our goal is to remove violations as quickly as possible.
If you feel an error has been made then you may ask us to review the suspension.
Valid suspensions will not be reversed.
You may appeal a valid suspension after a one month 'cooling off' period.