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Amazingly, (considering how subtly sarcastic I am), I have not yet been suspended from Twitter. But after joining @UniteBlue yesterday, I thought I'd better set up a second account, just in case. So I did. I dutifully followed HuffPo and nine (ONLY nine) close Twitter friends. I used an actual picture of myself and DS in the "We are Women" march as my avatar. My bio says, "Twitter Jail account for mydoggyruss. Somehow, I think it might be needed." I tweeted all nine people and said, "Hi, it's Caroline. This is 4 jail."

Imagine my surprise when I checked back and found out that I had been suspended for "aggressively following users" and "had been spam-blocked by several users." After following the instructions and promising to behave, my account was unsuspended. Since I am a sensitive soul, I tweeted, "I'm Caroline Winfield! ::Puts head on desk and sobs::"

Only six of the nine have followed. Apparently the other three are deeply suspicious people. Or they really don't like me. ::Sobs::

Originally posted to Something Fishy on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 07:58 AM PST.

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  •  "Twitter jail". Hilarious. (12+ / 0-)

    I don't tweet but if I did, I'm sure I'd piss some people off.

    What is truth? -- Pontius Pilate

    by commonmass on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 08:01:28 AM PST

    •  I opened a twitter account for the first time (7+ / 0-)

      ...this week.  

      I never had one, and I never wanted to have one, but I had to start one for professional reasons.  I think the look of disgust on my face was quite evident when they told me that.  

      So far, I have not figured out what to do with it.  It seems to me that anything worth learning about can't be learned from 140 characters.  

      So far, the only thing I've found on there is "CELEBRITY NAME is my only reason for being alive" type stuff.  

      Vast, vast wasteland indeed.  

      •  It's great for news... (1+ / 0-)
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        If you follow news sources, most of them tweet when they post new stories.

        I just set up an account mid-December, and am seeing the benefits of it.

        You kind of need an app like TweetDeck to be able to split up the different tweets from multiple sources into more easily categorized and easier to view sections.

        I use it to announce diaries I write to my rather small group of followers. It takes a little time to establish yourself, I think.

        I'm still learning it, and plan on continuing to use it.

        Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us.
        ~ Jerry Garcia

        by DeadHead on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 01:33:43 PM PST

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        •  Yeah, so far that's how I'm using it... (0+ / 0-)

          As time goes on, I'll be expected to deliver content via twitter.  My problem is that it's a great tool, but just like a sawzall or sledge hammer (which are also great tools that speed things up), they're not appropriate for everything, like, oh, watchmaking.  

          So we should not fall into the trap of using a tool just because we have it.  

          My critique of twitter and its use by the media has to do with speed.  Speed is good, but it's not always the best.  There is tremendous pressure to be first to get the news out, and often fact suffers.  I only have to think back to the Sandy Hook massacre to point at something where almost everything we were told in the first few hours was absolutely incorrect.  

      •  I follow for news (1+ / 0-)
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        and mostly political news. Several different websites- The Atlantic, Salon, Slate, The Hill, Buzz Feed (they're like the junk food of Twitter). I follow several different politicians, some staffers, comedians, favorite bloggers here at DK and sites like HuffPo.
        Twitter is what you make of it. For me, it's like an instant news feed.

        “We are not a nation that says ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We are a nation that says ‘out of many, we are one.’” -Barack Obama

        by skohayes on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 02:58:18 PM PST

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      •  I joined solely to contact politicians (0+ / 0-)

        I'd resisted it for years. But I quickly built up a network of amazing people. Twitter is awesome in that you can connect with people all over the world, from all walks of life, that share your interests.

        Actually, yes, you can learn a lot and teach a lot in 140 characters. You can post links and pictures.

        I'd suggest keeping your professional account, since you must, and tweet whatever twaddle you have to, and also creating a second account under a different name. You can follow news agencies, and join #UniteBlue for a network of like-minded political news junkies. Have fun :)

    •  I bet :) (0+ / 0-)

      It's very easy. And amazing how much you can say with only 140 characters :) Twitter is addictive, unfortunately.

      Nice to see you, commonmass :) Keeping you and GMB02 in my thoughts and prayers. (((HUGS)))

  •  #TGDN got your twitter acct suspended (3+ / 0-)
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    DeadHead, potatohead, Dbug

    #TGDN is a hashtag for conservatives who have banded together to suspend the accounts of liberals who tweet. Although "block parties" or mass spam-blocking is against the TOS of twitter, they do it anyway. They spot someone they don't like....then each one DMs 5 people, and if enough of them spam-block you in a short period of time, you're gone. It's easy to get an account with only a few followers suspended. There's some kind of algorithm that includes: a ratio of followers to spam-blockers, the length of time the account has been on twitter, the number of its  favorited tweets, the number of retweets, and the time period in which the spam-blocks are received. The best way to avoid suspensions is to build up a big block of followers. I have appealed 2 suspension due to mass  spam-blocks and won, but a 3rd account was suspended permanently for aggressive following. Never follow more than about 30 new followers a day. Some people say 200 followers a day, but that's what got one of my accounts suspended. Many reports were filed with twitter about these #TGDN "block parties," and I did notice during the past week, that participants themselves were being maybe Twitter is taking notice. Also, if you notice that several people are ganging up on you, telling others to spam-block you, file a report at once. Sometimes Twitter will protect you. The #TGDN hashtag was begun by Todd Kincannon, a minor South Carolina GOP functionary....and would-be "king of conservative twitter." And it was set up to eliminate liberal accounts. BTW, it seems Mr. Kincannon likes to dm his female follwers with pics of his penis. Blech. I myself have 5 twitter accounts....because I don't mind engaging conservatives on twitter, and debating them and yes, making fun of them.  Of course, then they get together and try to spam-block/suspend me. Sometimes they are successful, sometimes they are not.) Part of the game. If you will also put "Connect The Left" in your bio, it will attract a few more lefty followers.

    This whole world's wild at heart and weird on top....Lula

    by anninla on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 03:02:27 PM PST

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