Vicariously mimics another person’s Twitter feed using lists, but it violates Twitter rules

Twitter’s automation rules have run Vicariously through to the ground. You might have seen this app hover around Twitter, growing its followers. Most followers started complaining about it after they were seemingly added to a group where someone or the other was following them. After that, Twitter mentioned that this app was not complying with Twitter’s rules. Not to forget, Twitter did mention that they were in love with the app- although they had to choose a different way of doing it.

“We love that Vicariously uses Lists to help people find new accounts to follow and get new perspectives. However, the way the app is currently doing this is in violation of Twitter’s automation rules,” Twitter responded. Vicariously is the brainchild of Jake Harding, who created this as a side project.

Vicariously works as a software that can enumerate the followers of a target account and keep creating lists out of the accounts it follows. This somewhat enables you to click snapshots of exact feeds that others are seeing at any given time.

Incidentally, Twitter itself did it twice- once in 2009, and then in 2011. You just had to tap on someone’s account to check the graph of their followers.