My twitter account was suspended today. I logged in a couple minute ago and there was the red box. I just reconfirmed a feeling I’ve always had about business. Never build a business around a resource you don’t control.
When I was personal training out of a gym, I was worried that once I established my business I would get the rug pulled out from underneath me. Law of Attraction? It did.
I built a great business offering free fitness information through this site and making money by placing google adsense on it. I was worried that the payout was not in my control or that my account would be banned. I was right. Google changed some rules and now that business model makes about half of what it used to for me.
Now it’s twitter. I’ve spent almost a year building up to over 5000 twitter followers only to log in and see that my account it suspended. Why? Because I unfollowed too many people and then followed too many people in a small span of time. This is spam in their eyes. I saw it as an excellent way of making new contacts and getting rid of people that did not want to hear what I had to say. It’s their ball game so they make the rules and that’s my point.
When ever you try to build a business on a resource you do not own or control, you are on very unstable ground.
It was fun while it lasted and who knows, maybe they will start my account back up. If not, it’s been fun tweeps. I really enjoyed meeting everyone there that I engaged with.
Twitter Account Suspended No More
UPDATE: A couple of days ago a wrote a post saying that I had my twitter account suspended. What a monkey wrench that threw in my daily routine. I hadn’t realized how much that had become a part of what I do and how I communicate with my readers now.
I was a little stressed because of two reasons. One: I had spent a lot of time building my twitter followers and didn’t want to just throw away that time invested. Two: I’m enrolled in a “Passive Income course” and Twitter is going to be the next topic covered! I had actually built a resources that we are going to use and a couple of days before I get to utilize a tool I bought and paid for in time… I got my twitter account suspended.
So first, why did my twitter account get suspended? For being too aggressive following other people. Me? Aggressive? I would have used the term “Pro-active” but whatever. As the case may be, I thought I was shaking hands with a lot of people and if they didn’t want to talk back, then breaking off communication. Those actions as seen by Twitter are breaking the rules.
While twitter does not put a number on how many people you can follow and unfollow before you get your twitter account suspended, my feeling is that it’s the automated software you need to stay away from.
Everything was fine until I thought I would be “Efficient”. Thats when I logged in to find that my twitter account was suspended and none of my witty antics, blog posts, or other 140 character mouth farts were getting out to the world.
So What Can You Do If You Twitter Account Is Suspended?
1. If you can still log in but just can’t use your account to post tweets, then the first thing to do is fill out a ticket. Actually, the VERY first thing you should do is go for a walk so you don’t fly off the handle and come off like an idiot when you lose it. No one is going to want to help you if you just lay into them off the hop. So chill for a bit, use the time to check the rules and see what it is you might have done. Then go and start apologizing.
2. Fill in your twitter support request ticket. I said what I thought it might be (I was right.) That I was sorry (I was) and how much I wanted my twitter account suspension lifted (I really, really did).
3. You’ll get a generic reply back most likely. I found the reply confusing so I restated what I had said in the first part of the ticket and asked for further communication. I didn’t really get it so I tried something else. While filling out the ticket is not what got my twitter suspension lifted, I do believe that going through the proper channels first, covers the basic ground so it can’t hurt.
4. Here is where you are either going to make or break it. A while back I thought I would have two separate twitter accounts. One for only fitness stuff and another for everything else so that my readers here wouldn’t be getting tweets about electronic dance music AND fitness. It was too much to maintain both twitter accounts so welcome to the electronic music, travel and fitness blog:-) At any rate, a second account DID come in handy. It’s a back up for communication. I’m a big fan of double redundancy failure methods since the military… I thought is WAS unloaded!
I twitted @ginger and asked if she had any suggestions on how I would be able to get my twitter account suspension lifted. THIS IS WHERE YOU HOLD YOUR BREATH. You’ll either get some help or be banished from the land of twitter. I was lucky and got my twitter account suspension lifted.
5. Do the happy dance.. my twitter account is now back.
So What’s The Moral Of The Story?
Don’t Do Drugs… sorry, wrong post. The moral of the story is that unless you want your twitter account suspended after spending a lot of time developing a voice and twitter following then don’t use automated follow software. A couple of reasons for that. One: You could get your twitter account suspended. Two: You end up following people that in no way interest you. Three: You end up with Japanese and Russian tweets in your time line that you can’t understand.
Hope that helps.