Saturday, June 13, 2009

Tweeting Into A Black Hole?

The last two days I have suspected something was wrong. Suddenly, the massive waves of traffic that had been pounding our site had slowed to a veritable trickle. Say wha? In depth researching of code, server logs, everything commenced. It was not until this morning, that an unfortunate conclusion slowly dawned on me: we may have been blocked!

About a month ago, we started to send out hourly tweets matching up the top 10 Twitter trends against each other. I thought it was a fun way to keep track of what we trending on Twitter, and a lot of other people have told me they like it as well.

And it has been a really great way to build visibility for our cool sentiment analysis technology for social media. HAS been, that is, because it appears that since this last Thursday, the @thumbfight Twitter account is no longer showing up in search results! I am pretty sure we have been Twitterblocked.

I have read over the Terms of Service, and also we continued doing this on the overwhelmingly positive feedback we have been getting. But now, that has all come to a crashing halt. No notice, no warning, nothing. Boo, hiss!

Please, in fact, pretty please with sugar on top, Twitter people, give the people back their @thumbfight...


  1. Hey there. I can tell you with absolute certainty what has happened. A while ago, the decision was made to block (from Search) all "Trending topics" bots/accounts that did little more than tweet out the current trending topics. I know this because one of my bots was silenced in similar fashion. All accounts that have appeared since then that do similar things have also been cut off from search results. You can see the thread on the twitter developer groups here:

    Hope that answers your questions!

  2. OK, so now we have stopped the trend tweets, which does disappoint some of our followers. We want back in... what now? Twitter-people, what do we do to get back in the good graces of the Twitterverse?

  3. Thank you to the powers-that-be at Twitter (@al3x!), which have taken pity on us and restored us to our previous place in the Twitterverse.

    However, there will be no more hourly top trend tweets. They were triggering anti-spam filters meant to stop Very Bad People.