Proposal for a new Twitter API method

This proposal automates an existing, and very popular, use case. It is estimated that it will save between 1,000 and 10,000 RPC calls per invocation, and generally increase user satisfaction.

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Convenience method for spammers.

Changes the user's avatar to a photo of a big-breasted woman, deletes all updates from the user's timeline and inserts one generated via Markov chains, follows between 1,000 and 5,000 randomly-selected users, gets the user's account blocked by 25% and reported as spam by 2% of those users, and finally gets it suspended from Twitter.

All those operations are performed instantly and atomically.


xml, json

HTTP method:

Requires authentication:

API rate limited:
A user is allotted a limited number (1) of spams in a lifetime.


XML example:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
  <error>User has been suspended.</error>

Usage examples:


curl -u user:password -d ''