A few minutes ago I was trying to Google more information about Twitter bans, and found a page on their site that seemed slightly different than the one they’d given me a link to. When I visited that page, it gave me the following message:
“You are currently logged in to an account that is neither suspended nor locked. Please log out and log in to your suspended or locked account in order to submit this request.”
Huh. I noticed my company logo, which I use as the account avatar, in the upper right corner. I clicked on it and sure enough, it took me to my page. My account is active and full functionality has been restored.
Of course, I didn’t receive an email telling me this. I discovered it by accident. There’s still no explanation as to why they suspended the account in the first place. I certainly don’t expect that they’d issue an apology if it was done by mistake. There’s no assurance that this won’t happen again. I currently have no faith in the platform.
I’m Back on Twitter, But…
I haven’t shut down the account yet, mainly because I don’t have time. I’ve got a Chrome extension that I used when I closed my personal account, which will delete all of my tweets, retweets, likes, and images. Twitter doesn’t purge that stuff when you close your account, and while I’m sure a backup of deleted posts still lingers on a server somewhere (in spite of what they say, because, you know, they’re trustworthy), I want as little as possible in their hands before I shut it all down.
Until then, I’ve obviously stopped posting there. I’m not going to invest any time trying to grow a following, or use it as a way to communicate with potential customers. Why bother, if they can just arbitrarily boot you off without justification or explanation?
It has been a quiet and productive day without it. I’ve had not only no ability, but no desire, to look at Twitter. It’s also killed my desire to look at Instagram, even though that’s not caused me any headaches and has remained an enjoyable escape. The whole concept of social media is leaving a bad taste in my mouth. And yet another study has been published saying that it has negative effects on your mental health.
Back in February I wrote about Warren Ellis’s prediction that blogging will make a comeback. I’m almost certain of it now. Domains and server space are cheap. Software like WordPress is easy to use. Own it, control it, and enjoy the freedom of expression. It’s harder to find and build an audience, true, but someone will come up with a solution. We used to have blog circles, blog networks, and blogrolls. Those things can return, too. Social networks won’t go away, any more than blogs did, but they’ll find their level. Everything changes.