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#TGDN boot camp: Tips on how to avoid #TwitterGulag

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The buzz continues to build for the Twitter Gulag Defense Network, a grassroots project launched last weekend by Twitter user Todd Kincannon. Using the hashtag #TGDN, the project connects conservative activists and helps Twitter users combat the abusive flag-spam tactics used by some leftists to silence conservative voices.

#TGDN has been trending off and on since Saturday, Jan. 5, and more than 4,000 happy warriors have joined the network. This morning, Kincannon reached out to #TGDN members with his suggestions for staying out of the dreaded Twitter Gulag. His ideas include methods to thwart flag-spam trolls and tips to avoid triggering Twitter’s automatic suspension algorithms.

If you join #TGDN and follow the tips I’m posting, you will be completely immune from #TwitterGulag. Arm yourselves for battle.

— Todd Kincannon (@ToddKincannon) January 8, 2013

Actor Adam Baldwin and others hoped that Kincannon would compile his tips into a single post.

I don’t know how to do all that! RT @adamsbaldwin @toddkincannon Please put them in one single post for easy access/linkage.

— Todd Kincannon (@ToddKincannon) January 8, 2013

No worries. We’re givers. Ask and you shall receive!

#TGDN #TwitterGulag Tip #1: Train yourself to never start a tweet with “@” symbol. If you reply to someone, put a “.” before the first “@”

— Todd Kincannon (@ToddKincannon) January 8, 2013

Algorithms. RT @adamlozo This is an interesting tip. Why does the @ at the beginning of a tweet make us more vulnerable to the Gulag?

— Todd Kincannon (@ToddKincannon) January 8, 2013

#TGDN #TwitterGulag Tip #2: Never engage with an “egg” account. Ever.

— Todd Kincannon (@ToddKincannon) January 8, 2013

#TGDN #TwitterGulag Tip #3: If someone is harassing you or seems too eager to attack you, just block them. Don’t think twice about it.

— Todd Kincannon (@ToddKincannon) January 8, 2013

#TGDN #TwitterGulag Tip #4: If you’re fighting with a liberal, and his buddies jump in and attack you, ignore them. This is hard for me.

— Todd Kincannon (@ToddKincannon) January 8, 2013

#TGDN #TwitterGulag Tip #5: Create a second account in case your primary account is suspended. Make sure that account joins #TGDN too.

— Todd Kincannon (@ToddKincannon) January 8, 2013

#TGDN #TwitterGulag Tip #5B: Make sure the profile in your second account states that it’s a backup account for your main account.

— Todd Kincannon (@ToddKincannon) January 8, 2013

#TGDN #TwitterGulag Tip #5C: Use the same avatar and background for your secondary account that you use for your primary account.

— Todd Kincannon (@ToddKincannon) January 8, 2013

#TGDN #TwitterGulag Tip #6: Before engaging an attacker, check to see how many followers they have. If under 100, totally ignore them.

— Todd Kincannon (@ToddKincannon) January 8, 2013

#TGDN #TwitterGulag Tip #7: Also, before engaging an attacker, check to see how many tweets they have. If under 1,000, totally ignore them.

— Todd Kincannon (@ToddKincannon) January 8, 2013

Many of Kincannon’s followers were grateful for the advice.

I’ve learned more about twitter in the last 15 minutes than I thought I knew in the last year, thanks to @toddkincannon #TGDN

— Nick Hawatmeh (@NicolaHawatmeh) January 8, 2013

Not for nothing people but I have watched @toddkincannon shred people & not get gulaged. Im gladly taking any tips that will keep me out.

— Shawn (@Blindslick) January 8, 2013

Thank you! @toddkincannon Learned more in 15 min with your tweet info than all time combined so far on Twit. Am 2 outspoken to not know tips

— Sonia (@cachick1111) January 8, 2013

If you don’t listen to @toddkincannon #tgdn tips and advice, do you also like hitting your head on a brick wall?

— Steve Lemois #tgdn (@stevelemois) January 8, 2013

But at least one was skeptical:

@karmacamilleon1 @toddkincannon No the respondee wouldn’t see the Tweet, if u followed his advice.He’s on the wrong track w/some of these

— Dave (@stormchase3) January 8, 2013

Kincannon has a message regarding any naysayers out there.

Ignore people telling you I’m wrong with some of my #TwitterGulag avoidance tips. They’re either misinformed or trying to mislead. #TGDN

— Todd Kincannon (@ToddKincannon) January 8, 2013

My #TGDN #TwitterGulag tips are the dodge, dip, duck, dive, and dodge of Twitter dodgeball. Learn them. Follow them. Go to #WAR with them.

— Todd Kincannon (@ToddKincannon) January 8, 2013

Interested in joining the Twitter Gulag Defense Network? Sign-ups are scheduled to resume on Friday.

#TGDN sign-ups will resume on Friday. RT @bluallover @toddkincannon how do you join?

— Todd Kincannon (@ToddKincannon) January 8, 2013

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