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    Twitter ToS Updates

    I received the following email regarding changes to Twitter's ToS, but it doesn't say what the changes were. How does the new ToS differ from the old ToS?
    Hi,

    We'd like to let you know about our new Terms of Service. As Twitter
    has evolved, we've gained a better understanding of how folks use the
    service. As a result, we've updated the Terms and we're notifying
    account holders.

    We've posted a brief overview on our company blog and you can read the
    Terms of Service online. If you haven't been by in a while, we invite
    you to visit Twitter to see what else is new.

    Overview: http://blog.twitter.com
    Terms: http://www.twitter.com/tos
    Twitter: http://www.twitter.com

    These updates complement the spirit of Twitter. If the nature of our
    service changes, we'll revisit the Terms as necessary. Comments are
    welcome, please find the "feedback" link on the Terms of Service page.

    Thanks,
    Biz Stone, Co-founder
    Twitter, Inc.
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    This is what they say on their blog:
    At the start, critics often said, "Twitter is fun, but it's not useful." At one point @ev responded dryly with, "Neither is ice cream." Things have come a long way in a short time. We recognized potential early but users and platform developers would demonstrate how much more Twitter could be. Fostering an open and increasingly important network is not as easily dismissed as it once was—but it's still fun!

    Now that we know more about how Twitter is being used, we've made changes to our Terms of Service—these are the basic rules that go along with using Twitter. The revisions more appropriately reflect the nature of Twitter and convey key issues such as ownership. For example, your tweets belong to you, not to Twitter. With these revisions, we expect some discussion so here are a few highlights from the updated page.
    Advertising—In the Terms, we leave the door open for advertising. We'd like to keep our options open as we've said before.

    Ownership—Twitter is allowed to "use, copy, reproduce, process, adapt, modify, publish, transmit, display and distribute" your tweets because that's what we do. However, they are your tweets and they belong to you.

    APIs—The apps that have grown around the Twitter platform are flourishing and adding value to the ecosystem. You authorize us to make content available via our APIs. We're also working on guidelines for use of the API.

    SPAM—Abusive behavior and spam is also outlined in these terms according to the rules we've been operating under for some time.
    These updates complement the spirit of Twitter. If we've left something out, or the nature of the service changes, then we'll revisit the Terms—there's a feedback link on the page. We're in the process of sending an email about the revisions now. It's important that everyone who tweets, develops apps, or is simply interested in Twitter understands that it's not about the technology, it's about how we all use the service that matters most.
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    I would like to asked if buying accounts and followers is allowed in Twitter? I have known its against in facebook but since I am not using twitter that much I have no idea about this one

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    Quote Originally Posted by forumer147 View Post
    I would like to asked if buying accounts and followers is allowed in Twitter?
    The Twitter Rules say this:
    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.

    If my company (or my web site) maintains a corporate Twitter account, and I sell the company, the Twitter account goes with it. Twitter isn't likely to enforce their "rules" in a ridiculous way. Their concern appears to be focused on "squatters" who register Twitter handles for the purpose of selling them.
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