Many people used TweetAdder, which was a third party marketing and promotion application, in an effort to gain more followers, or to organize their contacts with a single interface Basically TweetAdder operated like an automatic search tool that scoured Twitter to find users to follow, block users or send messages to multiple accounts at once. While TweetAdder could be used by anyone, its was this type of software that spammers often liked using in marketing.
Twitter filed suit against the company along with many others in the spring of 2012, but on Tuesday, May 28 the two parties agreed to settle and resolve the dispute with a confidential agreement. The legal agreement between the two says that TweetAdder may not take part in “modifying, making available, trafficking in, using, disclosing, selling, licensing, distributing (with or without monetary charge), updating, providing costumer support for, or offering for use, sale, license, or distribution (with or without monetary charge), any software or technology designed for use in connection with Twitter’s service.”
Simply stated, TweetAdder is prohibited from providing software to users that would violate Twitters terms of service agreement. This agreement specifically pertains to TweetAdder 3.0 and all prior versions of the software.
TweetAdder’s new version, 4.0, is complaint with the recent settlement and is also in accordance with Twitter’s TOS agreement as well.
Twitter filed suit against numerous companies back in April of 2012, which included TweetAdder, TweetBuddy, Troption and others. The software companies all operated in much the same way by using Twitter to spam or to generate mass marketing advertisement.
Twitter’s main goal in the lawsuit was to take an offensive move in preventing spam that often plagues the popular microblog site. Twitter says that by stopping these kinds of companies it will also put an end to the ease in which spammers operate with such readily available programs. Most of the programs offer a potential spammer the ability to send out automated messages or to send out hundreds of multiple tweets under numerous twitter accounts all at once.
Thus far TweetAdder is the only company that has settled with Twitter and updated their software to comply with Twitter’s TOS agreement. Twitter feels this agreement may bring the other companies forward, and it may also help put an end to any new Twitter spamming software that may be in development.