Twitter Account Suspension

What gives Twitter?

It seems to me that Twitter’s algorithm for suspending accounts could use some work. This morning I got a dreaded message on my twitter I run for my grandma.

Account suspended.

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Yep, that message.

So I took a deep breath and contemplated how I would tell Granny that her Twitter account got suspended. Each Saturday I see her at the nursing home she ask me how many followers she has. For God’s sake, she calls us on the phone to tell us things to tell it. So I woke up and feel like someone took a dump on me.

Why Twitter?

I’ve been so busy working on other projects, I hadn’t even asked for followers. Then I read the Twitter rules and couldn’t find a one that I broke ever. So I did some research and found people saying that if you add more than 30 followers at once, you can be suspended. Is that true? Who knows because Twitter’s words on this are elusive and as murky as the bottom of the Mississippi River.

I’ve only added a couple of people to Granny’s account the last few days, so that cant be it, I said to myself and got out of bed to sign in from a computer because that is what you have to do when you find one of your Twitter accounts suspended.

After signing in from a regular computer, I found myself having to verify that @grannyrantings would not aggressively follow people and that I would not violate the Twitter Rules.

And lo and behold it gave me my account back with a message about how I could not engage in aggressive following. So here’s what your account looks like after they give it back

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Notice the zero followers/zero followees. I’ve read that will go away in a few hours.

I’m baffled. Dumbstruck really. I hadn’t asked for followers in at least 3 days. As a matter of fact, I’ve never asked many followers to her account ever. I had neither unfollowed or followed many people. It is humiliating to have this happen, Twitter. So I have learned something

….Twitter itself is highly unpredictable.

Which means Twitter should not be the only place you are doing business. What if this had been my author site. I could kill my tiny business.

The moral of this story- if you are a business, come get a free WordPress site. Don’t rely on Twitter.

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