Ok... so my Twitter account got suspended last Saturday! I know many of you are already aware of this because you have contacted me by e-mail or by Youtube asking me what happened or even disagreeing with Twitter's decision! You guys are honestly the sweetest people I've known!
So, I kind of feel I have to address this issue, not because I'm concerned, but because it may be useful for you to understand why this happened to me, and how you can avoid having YOUR account suspended!
Here's the story!
If you know me, you'll know that I hang out on Twitter A LOT to keep you all updated regularly, and to meet new people in the Youtube Community. So, in short, Twitter has become my favorite Social Media.
My current issue with Twitter can be described in one simple sentence: "I'm too chatty!".
Yes, and I have to remind myself, that Twitter is not a Chat to hang out and send @replies to to all my followers. THAT's what DMs are for, but not PUBLIC tweets! So being too SOCIAL, can get you punished on SOCIAL MEDIA! Alanis would say: "Isn't it ironic?".
You guys are smart, and probably knew this already. And I kind of did too, because this is not my first account suspension. BUT, on my defense, I am completely clueless as to what is the measure to use the @reply or mention feature, the right way. What I'm trying to say is... how much is too much?! I've read Twitter TOS, and it doesn't particularly state as a rule: "you cannot @reply more than 20 times a day".
So, even though I realize I must be doing that too much, I don't find my tweeting back as abusing. That's probably because I don't have any reference to compare my behavior with, if that makes any sense. I mean, it's only natural people will want to interact!
Now, that said, I do understand and agree that it is boring to read @replies from other people, instead of more interesting updates. We definitely DON'T join twitter to see a "chat session" going on between other users, so I get their point.
I wonder why don't they just enable the @reply feature for us, when we hit a certain point, or warn us in some way, or state a specific number in their TOS, instead of taking such drastic decisions.
So, the moral of the story is: Twitter is mostly a one-way communication stream.
Don't get too chatty (like I did last Saturday night) and this will NOT happen to you!
How much is too chatty?
Well, it's hard to say... As I mentioned, this is not stated anywhere. Twitter just e-mails you and tells you you have used the @reply feature too much. BUT, I'm guessing below 10 @replies or mentions per day should keep you on the safe side.
I bet you don't feel THAT bad now about the fact that a celebrity is not tweeting you back, huh?
(They just can't!).
Hopefully, I'll have my account back and intact sometime this week... and a happy ending to this learning process!
If you're reading this, and my account is already un-suspended, please, don't hesitate to follow me and understand if I don't @reply back! LOL
Just send me a comment down below saying hi... It's safer for me to respond here :)
UPDATE: My account was back 2 days after I posted this and I haven't had any issues with it again, fortunately! You know how much I love hanging out on Twitter every day and interacting with you guys. I'll never know what went wrong. But some people experiencing strange suspensions told me that new accounts tend to experience these types of issues because of spammers. They create new accounts every day, so sometimes Twitter confuses your legit new account with a spammer's account and suspends it as a way of preventing spam. So if you're going through the same thing, my advice would be contact twitter, be kind and patient, prove to them you're not a spammer by using your account, that is tweeting regularly, and let your account age a bit. You might never experience a suspension again. Or at least that's what happened to me. Hope this update helped you :)
See you on Twitter !