Those of you who follow me on Twitter, will know about the most recent drama in my life –I got shadowbanned by Twitter!
I make a sincere effort to be a good internet user. I do not swear. I intentionally avoid talking politics online (I prefer to do this offline). I am polite. And yet, I got banned.
It all started when I sent a tweet asking for help to reach a 1000 followers, because I was really close. And then of course, because book people are wonderful, I got a slew of new followers. I thought it was only polite to follow them all back. Turns out, Twitter thought I was wrong. It interpreted my following spree as me being a bot and banned me!
So basically, I got banned from Twitter for using Twitter and being nice.
I was eventually unbanned, but the experience has left me shaken, because I have no official confirmation about why I was banned. All of the above is guesswork on my part. I’m scared it will happen again and with enough shadow bans one can get banned permanently.
This is especially scary because I met most of you wonderful people on Twitter and I really don’t want to lose you. Which is why I am taking a few precautions.
Firstly, I’ve created a page for The Reading Desk on Facebook. This is where I’m at: https://www.facebook.com/GranthaMaven
I’m really hoping that you guys will follow me on there too! I will be super glad to follow your page back on FB too 🙂 Just leave me a link below!
I would appreciate if you could spread the word about this as well.
The second change I’m making is in how I will be using Twitter itself. I usually share a lot of your posts on Twitter and flood my TL with links to your blogs everytime I blog hop, which is everyday. Unfortunately, tweeting out too many links could also be a problem, and so I’m making small changes to how I will be sharing your posts from now on.
I will no longer tweet out links to posts, but I will happily and enthusiastically RT the links you guys have tweeted out when I see them. Trust me, I am not happy that I am having to curtail my sharing, because I genuinely enjoy spreading the word about my bloggy friends’ posts! But this is better than getting banned.
In addition to this, once a week, usually on Sundays, I will be creating a blog posts with links to the best blog posts I’ve read that week, and I will share the link to that post on my Twitter. I won’t be able to start doing this for a couple of weeks though, so expect me to start doing this from the second week of August on.
I am not happy about making these compromises. But I really, really don’t want Twitter to turn me into a ghost again! So please ya’ll, bear with me 🙂
Have you been shadowbanned by Twitter? What do you think of my attempts to manage this situation–have any suggestions for me? Let me know in the comments!