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I am not able to find a link to the twitter account of Academia SE (https://twitter.com/StackAcademia), for example, in the Academia SE main webpage.

Why are twitter links not included on the main site page of each Q&A site in SE?

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    There's a twitter account? Huh.
    – jakebeal
    Aug 31 '15 at 22:30
  • @jakebeal Yes, there is one. I do not know whether it is official or not, actually.
    – Vicent
    Aug 31 '15 at 22:31
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    It is official. See this blog post
    – ff524
    Aug 31 '15 at 22:34
  • @ff524 Ooooh, that is very interesting... But, then, again, why not to add the twitter acount in the main website?
    – Vicent
    Aug 31 '15 at 22:35
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    Network-wide, the twitter link for any StackExchange site can be found in the list of SE sites. (Look for the "twitter" link under the number of questions.)
    – ff524
    Aug 31 '15 at 22:36
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    Migrating to main meta on user request.
    – ff524
    Aug 31 '15 at 22:48
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Not all sites have Twitter accounts. We stopped creating them for all public beta sites by default because a) Twitter sees very little engagement for us; b) Twitter-the-company started blocking new accounts for us (probably because it thinks we're bots?) and fighting that got too annoying and time-consuming.

Having said that, both Twitter accounts and blog links are available on https://stackexchange.com/sites?view=list.

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  • Stopped... or maybe not. ru.SO account has just appeared (not yet linked on the list of sites), and ja.SO became fully operational 10 days ago.
    – user259867
    Aug 31 '15 at 23:48
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    @NormalHuman Yep, I made both of those. We create them when there's a definite need (such as for community managers of international Stack Overflow sites to use these accounts for more than just auto-tweeting). We stopped creating these by default for every site that makes it into public beta. I updated my answer to clarify.
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Aug 31 '15 at 23:50
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    probably because it thinks we're bots well... aren't most of them bots?
    – enderland
    Aug 31 '15 at 23:50
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    @enderland In the "we're posting automatically" sense, yes. Although not in the way Twitter defines that - our accounts serve an announcement purpose, not spamming. We aren't actually breaking their TOS (which is why every single one of those accounts was reinstated after a round of support requests).
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Aug 31 '15 at 23:52
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    @AdamLear From your answer, I understand that Twitter is not a main engagement tool for SE sites. However, twitter accounts for many SE sites exist! and I do not get the point of them not appearing mentioned somewhere in their respective main webpage. I maintain my question as unanswered.
    – Vicent
    Sep 1 '15 at 5:28
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    @Vicent: I think that your question can be generalized also for those sites which have a blog: why blog links, too, do not appear in the respective main pages? Sep 1 '15 at 9:31
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    @MassimoOrtolano Blog links are in the site switcher.
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Sep 1 '15 at 15:02
  • I finally accepted this answer...
    – Vicent
    Oct 21 '15 at 12:46
  • Did Twitter block one or more existing SE accounts too? Reason I ask is because of this tweet (the link is from the 'tweeted' event in the timeline of this question). So it seems Movies and TV did once have a Twitter account, but doesn't have one now.
    – stevec
    Nov 10 at 23:42
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    @stevec Most likely. We originally stopped creating new ones because the rate of them getting blocked was pretty high and then someone (usually me) would have to spend time with Twitter support trying to get unblocked. It may be time to turn off the remaining integrations, if there are still any unblocked ones left.
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Nov 11 at 16:06
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Based on Adam's answer, I extracted all twitter accounts from the sites list.

Currently there are 110 twitter accounts for SE sites:

Languages:

Money/Finance/Economics:

Maths/Statistics:

Stack Overflow:

Religion:

Hobby/Enthusiast:

Computers:

Natural science, computer science, engineering:

Social Science, Humanities:

Others:

For those interested, I've used the following code to extract the links:

var twitters = [];
$(".lv-site-resources").each(function() {
    var curItem = $(this);
    if ($.trim(curItem.text()) == "twitter") {
        var site = $.trim(curItem.parents(".lv-item").first().find(".lv-info").find("h2").text());
        var link = curItem.find("a").first().attr("href");
        if (site.length > 0) {
            twitters.push({Site: site, Link: link});
        }

    }
});
if (twitters.length > 0) {
    console.log("Found " + twitters.length + " twitter accounts:");
    console.log(twitters.map(function(t) {
        return "- [" + t.Site + "](" + t.Link + ")";
    }).join("\n"));
} else {
    console.log("No twitter accounts found");
}
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