Sprouter.com invitation may cause your twitter account be suspended

Sprouter is a social website like Twitter, the main difference between Sprouter and Twitter is that Sprouter was built mainly for entrepreneurs, this web service was founded in August 2009 by the Sprouter Team. This’s a microblogging site which I most enjoyed joining, but maybe my story about Sprouter (or may be called as another Twitter journalism) may help you in some cases.

What is Sprouter?

Sprouter facilitates networking and collaboration between entrepreneurs globally. Providing a platform for users to connect with other innovators, entrepreneurs can expand their networks to include fellow entrepreneurs and startups with similar interests and goals.

Why your Twitter account may be suspended?

I registered for Sprouter account two days ago, when the sign up process was completed, I were asked to invite my friends from Twitter to join Sprouter, this is a simple thing that you may get at many other social websites.

But the problem is after I choose my friends to give invitations, Sprouter makes many direct messages to my friends on Twitter (20 to 30 messages at a time) and immediately my Twitter account was suspended by Twitter moderator for the reason: spam.

This account was suspended for reply spam. The reply feature is intended to make communication between people on Twitter easier. Twitter monitors the use of the reply feature to make sure that it’s used as intended and not used for abuse. Using the reply feature to post messages to a bunch of users’ replies tabs is considered an abuse of the feature, which results in account suspension.

After a long day I send a support ticket to Twitter and explain for them my mistake with Sprouter, luckily my account is un-suspended. So after my story, I wish you would be carefully of using other web applications with your Twitter to make it not be marked as spam.

Note: Sprouter was close down from 2 August 2011:

Here’s the letter sent to Sprouter members, in full:

Dear Sprouter Community,

We’ll be closing down the main Sprouter website a week from today on August 2nd.

We’re devastated to have to shut down the service but unfortunately, due to capital constraints, we’ve simply run out of options.

We want to thank everyone who has supported us and apologize to our members.

Sprouter has truly been a labor of love and we’re heartbroken not to continue on.

We want to wish you all well with your endeavors; we’ve loved being a part of your journey and we wish you continued success.

Thank you very much for being part of the Sprouter community.

Sarah Prevette
Founder & CEO, Sprouter.com

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