Previously Yes, I know I just said I was done going on about Twitter, but you won’t believe that just happened. So I set up my new account this morning. And throughout the day I would check in and follow people whom I’d been following previously. I mostly concentrated on following the people who had already been following me on my original account, figuring they’d be more inclined to follow me back again.
Now that my original account was stolen, I have start all over again in building up my Twitter base. By the time I got home I had gotten around 80 people, so far, who were following me on my new account, out of 460 or so that I was following. I wasn’t too concerned, because I know it takes time. So now I was ready to get back to blogging. Well, get this. After I published my review of ALL BABE NETWORK, I went to post it on Twitter. And I tagged 7 of the actors from the movie in my tweet, which you can see HERE. That’s because I want them to see the review, and hopefully enjoy it. As soon as I hit “Tweet” a message popped up saying my account was suspended.
ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?!?
At least this time I got an actual reason for why I was suspended, unlike the last time, when I clicked on the Help button. I was taken to a page that said this:
This account, @TweetsFromChace, was suspended for sending multiple unsolicited mentions to other users. The mention and @reply features are intended to make communication between people on Twitter easier, and posting messages to several users in an unsolicited or egregious manner is considered an abuse of its use. Plus, it bothers other users! For more information about these features and proper use, please visit our @Replies and Mentions help page. You will need to change your behavior to continue using Twitter. Repeat violations of the Twitter Rules may result in the permanent suspension of your account. To continue using this account, please confirm below:
And then I had to click a button next to these two statements:
I confirm that I will discontinue abuse of the mention or reply feature, as well as any other behaviors that are prohibited by the Twitter Rules. I understand that my account may be permanently suspended if I continue using Twitter in a way that violates the Twitter Rules.
And then I had to fill out a captcha, and my account was un-suspended. Although it said that it may take an hour for my follower/followers lists to be back to normal. It now said I had zero followers and was only following 10 people. Although, thankfully, it looks like everyone I followed and whom was following me is still there. So good for that, and at least it was only a quick temporary shutdown, but still, what the fuck?!?
Yeah, I tagged 7 people in the tweet, but that’s something I do all the time. Ever since I started posting reviews on this blog, whenever I review something I send a Tweet and tag someone involved. If it’s a book, I tag the author, a comic-book, I look for the writer and artist, sometimes also the publisher, and I tag them. And if it’s a movie I look for as many of the actors in it that I can find, and I tag them. I want them to see that I enjoyed their work, in hopes that they’ll retweet it, and use the link to help them promote their work (and, of course, to drive more traffic to my blog). What’s the problem? How’s that malicious? People I tag in tweets don’t always respond or retweet, I’d say it’s like 50/50 at this point, so they may not even be noticing the tag. And if they don’t like it, they can block me, so I can’t tag them in the future. And they can report me for Spam, if they feel like it. But at least then it will be because of their own opinion. This example was just Twitter jumping the gun. The suspension happened immediately after I posted the tweet, so there was no time for any of those actors to complain. And, in fact, if you look back at the link of the tweet, you’ll see that soon afterward MARY CAREY retweeted me! So, obviously, she doesn’t have a problem with me tagging her in the link. Like I said, I’d been doing this on most of my reviews all the past year, and it was never a problem with Twitter. Why now? Is it because now I’m a “new” account, so they’re watching me more closely, as opposed to my original account where I’d been established for a few years? Perhaps but, damn, what can I do about that now? I’m only “new” because someone stole my original account! I don’t have a choice. I just hate having to deal with these arbitrary rules. I was already cautious about following too many people too quickly, and now I have to worry about tagging people in Tweets. I’ve got a lot of reviews in the works, but now I have to think before tweeting them. This is so fucking ridiculous. I really wish there was some other alternative to Twitter right now.