Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Twitter eh...




As you may have noticed, I was "dead and came back to life."  I had a sort of "cyber resurrection" after being suspended from Twitter.

Contrary to tweets circulating around the atheism hashtag, I was not suspended because of spam or abuse.  Twitter suspended my account due to an automated system that blocks accounts that use the reply/mention feature.  This makes no sense, but it is the reason Twitter provided to me:


Zendesk, Oct 01 01:28 pm (PDT):

Hello,
This account was suspended for sending multiple unsolicited messages using the @reply and/or mention feature. These features are intended to make communication between people on Twitter easier. Twitter monitors the use of these features to make sure they are used as intended and not for abuse. Using either feature to post messages to a bunch of users in an unsolicited or egregious manner is considered an abuse of its use, which results in account suspension.

For more information about these features, please visit our @Replies and Mentions help page:
http://support.twitter.com/articles/14023I have now un-suspended your account. Please note that it may take an hour or so for your follower and following numbers to return to normal.
Be sure to review the Twitter Rules, as repeat violations may result in permanent suspension:
http://twitter.com/rules

Thank you,
Zendesk


So there you have it.  Replying got me suspended ... GO FIGURE!   So what good is Twitter for?  Why have a reply/mention feature if users will get suspended merely by using them?

This is why I wrote the blog, "Twitter debates are useless."  The going back and forth with replies is annoying, especially when the tweet limit sets in; and is even more annoying when you get suspended just for replying.

In light of this, I will not be replying to any tweets sent to either of my twitter accounts:

@sacerdotus
@sacerdotvs
@sacerdotusblog
@rationallyfaith


So please message me on my blog or formspring to get a response from me.  Until Twitter programmers obtain some common sense and fix this reply/mentions suspension thing, I cannot use this useless forum of communication.  

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