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# 38476 30-Jul-2009 11:11
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(1) Charges:

I just added my device to my Twitter accounts and I am getting lots of SMS messages from the twitters I follow. Now I am a bit worried. Who is paying for it? I had a quick look at the small print and it says the following:

If you use your mobile in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada or New Zealand you can also receive tweets via SMS. Twitter doesn't charge anything for this, but standard text messaging rates or bundles may apply from your carrier.”

Now as far as I know Vodafone can only charge for outgoing texts - right? If that is the case, who is footing the bill for my Twitter notifications?


(2) Unwanted entries in my Follow list 

When I set up my twitter account a couple of days ago, the Twitter automatically assigned 20 odd what looked like twitters that I was following by default.

I keep deleting them / unfollow / block them – but they keep coming back. Is this part of the Twitter revenue model?

Here are some examples that simply won’t go away:



funnyordie Funny or Die






brookeburke Brooke Burke






alyankovic Al Yankovic






Newsweek



amazonmp3 Amazon MP3
















Tim M, Auckland
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  # 240527 30-Jul-2009 11:20
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You can turn off all SMS notifications on Twitter. Just go to your settings page, change to mobile and turn off there.

You can of course turn on/off individually for each person you follow. You don't pay to receive Twitter notifications.

As for these "followers" are you sure you have not entered your user name in one of those many "Find Followers" scams?





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  # 240529 30-Jul-2009 11:21
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Its free to receive SMS updates from Twitter, however it costs to send SMS messages to update your Twitter (normal rates apply). In the USA often users are charged for both incoming and outgoing SMS messages, not so in NZ.

Can't help you with other question sorry.


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# 240531 30-Jul-2009 11:31
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kingjj: Edit: Beaten by the big Cheese!

Nopers... I didnt post in this thread till now. Mauricio got in before you though.








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  # 240543 30-Jul-2009 12:07
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If you have signed up for a get more followers site, then change your password on twitter - none of them seem to use the proper twitter api, there is no reason to ever enter your twitter password on another site - if they are legit they will not be asking for it.




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  # 240549 30-Jul-2009 12:21
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richms: ... there is no reason to ever enter your twitter password on another site - if they are legit they will not be asking for it.


That's not entirely true. Until a couple of months ago Twitter didn't have an OAUTH interface in their API - even so it's still in beta. That's why Geekzone asks for your Twitter ID *and* Password (if you want to update Twitter from Geekzone). Simply because when we developed the Twitter integration that was the only way of doing it.







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richms: If you have signed up for a get more followers site, then change your password on twitter - none of them seem to use the proper twitter api, there is no reason to ever enter your twitter password on another site - if they are legit they will not be asking for it.


I can categorically say that I did not sign up with a follower scams!

I went through the registration process one more time just now with a dummy name - and now I know where they came from:

During the registration - Step4 It displays the following message, 'Look who else is here. Start following them! Maybe you've heard of these Twitter users? Select the people you'd like to start following.' and gives you a list of about 20 preselected people / organisations to follow. Instead of pressing Skip step - I must have pressed OK.

The 'Unfollow' button did not work yesterday (the default follow list came back again when I logged on this morning). 

I deleted it again and I will see what happens. Although they are deleted - I still see their images on the follow list on my profile - but I am not too bothered about that - may be it takes a while for that to be updated.




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  # 241003 31-Jul-2009 14:46
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A bit of Searching...


http://vodafonenz.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/vodafonenz.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=7689


OK - At least I know where I stand. 




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