Twitter has created 12 Golden Rules for its tweeters. These are based on Content Boundaries, Use of Twitter, Spam and Abuse.
1 – Impersonation: You may not impersonate others through the Twitter service in a manner that does or is intended to mislead, confuse, or deceive others.
2 – Privacy: You may not publish or post other people’s private and confidential information, such as credit card numbers, street address or Social Security/National Identity numbers, without their express authorization and permission.
3 – Violence and Threats: You may not publish or post direct, specific threats of violence against others.
4 – Copyright: We will respond to clear and complete notices of alleged copyright infringement. Our copyright procedures are set forth in the Terms of Service.
5 – Unlawful Use: You may not use our service for any unlawful purposes or for promotion of illegal activities.
6 – Verified accounts: You may not use the Verified Account badge unless it is provided by Twitter. Accounts using the badge as part of profile pictures, background images, or in any way implying false verification will be permanently suspended.
7 – Serial Accounts: You may not create serial accounts for disruptive or abusive purposes. Mass account creation will result in suspension off all accounts.
8 -Name Squatting: You may not engage in name squatting Accounts that are inactive for more than 6 months may be removed without further notice. Some of the factors that we take into account when determining what conduct is considered to be name squatting are:
- the number of accounts created
- creating accounts for the purpose of preventing others from using those account names
- creating accounts for the purpose of selling those accounts
- using feeds of third-party content to update and maintain accounts under the names of those third parties
9 – Selling user names: Unless you have been specifically permitted to do so in a separate agreement with Twitter, you agree that you will not reproduce, duplicate, copy, sell, trade or resell the Services for any purpose.Where “Services” is defined as follows: Your use of Twitter’s products, services and web sites (referred to collectively as the “Services” in this document and excluding any services provided to you by Twitter under a separate written agreement) is subject to the terms of a legal agreement between you and Twitter.
10 – Malware/Phishing: You may not publish or link to malicious content intended to damage or disrupt another user’s browser or computer or to compromise a user’s privacy.
11 – Spam: You may not use the Twitter service for the purpose of spamming anyone. What constitutes “spamming” will evolve as we respond to new tricks and tactics by spammers. Some of the factors that we take into account when determining what conduct is considered to be spamming are:
- 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.
12 – Pornography: You may not use obscene or pornographic images in either your profile picture or user background.
Twitter reserves the right to immediately terminate your account without further notice in the event that, in its judgment, you violate these Rules or the Terms of Service. See http://help.twitter.com/forums/26257/entries/18311