Twitter SuspensionToday has seen me have yet another disappointing ‘Experience’ with Twitter the ‘Thug’ as I called it recently. Well, more than one disappointment in fact. Firstly I have, or more correctly had, a small account on Twitter for this blog, @Vandal_Blog. The reasoning behind creating it was that it gave Twitter users an alternative to an RSS feed or email subscription and they could follow all the posts plus comments in one neat place on a Twitter stream at their leisure. With 500 followers it was a tiny account.

Sadly, this idea seems to have broken the ‘Twitter Rules‘ and the account has been suspended. So what rule did this account break? I checked and no it wasn’t spamming, phishing, porn or breaking copyright. No, I discovered that this was the offence the account had committed: ‘If your updates consist mainly of links, and not personal updates’.

Well I have to say that really is such a heinous crime now isn’t it? Especially when I check my own Twitter account each morning and find literally 100’s of auto-bot phishing DMs cluttering my inbox. Unsolicited offers to ‘get rich quick’ and of course invitations to follow some unknown bot on Facebook because their kid has autism. This is not counting 100’s more bots that fill my mentions. With the followers/following I have on my personal account, I have given up totally on my home feed as it is now 90% spam, phishing and marketing crap. Oh, and mostly ‘Updates consisting mainly of links, and not personal updates’. 

Yes, using a Twitter account for a blog is far worse. Well enough complaining. I’ve lodged an objection and let’s see if @Vandal_Blog gets a reprimand or the death sentence.

After that fiasco, I went over to the Goodreads Twitter feed. You know, the wonderful site for book lovers. I like to look through who is following and often select new authors to follow myself from their list. So here’s what I got.

Twitter PageThere’s an awful lot of eggs aren’t there? They are worse than simple bots. They are auto-generated accounts and they are now the most annoying pest on Twitter. Check any major account and you’ll see why they have so many followers. Most are these crappy bots. I’ve masked out a couple of accounts that are probably bots also as there is no bio. As I scrolled down this page it was almost 75% auto-generated accounts.

So what is Twitter doing about this infestation? Well, nothing it seems. They are too busy with the job of suspending The Vandal’s heinous little account.

I’m sorry, but as a longtime happy user of Twitter, it really has in recent times, become a complete pain in the butt. I’m going fishing!

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12 thoughts on “Twitter Death Penalty And Pests

  • 12/07/2011 at 3:08 pm
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    Of course the ironic things is that they’ve suspended your blog account on the assumption that it’s a bot… on the say-so of a bot they set up to find other bots. Philip K Dick would have a field day with this one.

    • 12/07/2011 at 3:11 pm
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      It’s funny. When I was a kid, my mother would threaten me with a ‘whack on my bot!’ Whole new meaning now. But I surely would like to whack a bot or two today! :)

  • 12/07/2011 at 4:44 pm
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    Here’s a thought Derek, why not declare today “Worldwide Smack a Bot Day?” :D

    • 12/07/2011 at 8:04 pm
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      I LOVE the idea of “Smack a Bot Day!” Please, somebody organize one. Please : )

      • 12/07/2011 at 8:36 pm
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        Me too! Now, where’s my rolling pin? :)

  • 12/07/2011 at 7:28 pm
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    I use Twitter to publicise my blog with links so from what you say I understand this is incorrect use!?

    • 12/07/2011 at 8:36 pm
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      It would be nice if anyone understood the ‘Twitter Rules’ as to correct use. It seems they are very vague rules and are determined differently depending on how big you account is.

  • 13/07/2011 at 12:34 am
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    I’m guessing posting quotes in between links would prevent this. I like collecting quotes, but on twitter they drive me a little crazy.

  • 13/07/2011 at 12:52 am
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    This is ridiculous. Almost my entire twitter feed is made up of people tweeting a link to a post in their own blog or someone else’s blog. And those are the tweets that are useful. Quotes and mindless updates or people’s personal minutia make me nuts (“I”m eating now” “I’m tweezing now”).
    Hope they reconsider.

  • 13/07/2011 at 12:20 pm
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    Thanks for you comment Natalie. Unfortunately I’ve had no news on my evil little Twitter account. Perhaps my main account is next? Who knows. All it tells me is that Twitter seems to be making the rules up as they go along.

  • 18/02/2012 at 2:57 pm
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    Just tested. Seems to be up and running on 18 Feb 2012
    Very little showing on it though.

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