Well, after a frustrating two days in a seemingly excommunicated state from Twitter, my account magically was reinstated. So the flickering of my Twitter flame has subsided and I’m glad to be reconnecting with my Tweeps on Twitter again!
So what I have I learned:
- Twitter Dependence. I’ve become dependent on Twitter for news, business ties and social connection – without it I rapidly descended into a state of despondence.
- Hacks, Viruses & Worms (oh my). Twitter is not immune to worms, viruses and hacks – I’m giving Twitter the benefit of the doubt and assuming that’s why my account was suspended.
- Not Utility-Grade. Don’t rely on Twitter for anything “mission critical.” If and when you have a problem with the service, you are unlikely to receive any response. Two days after being cut off from Twitter and submitting a reinstatement request, I still have no word from customer support as to what happened and why my account was suspended. Just glad to be back at this point.
- Don’t Fully Depend on Twitter. I’m not giving up my email, IM, blog or mobile phone anytime soon.
- Get Suspended, Grow Your Followers? Strangely enough, the number of my followers grew almost 30% while I was not able to access my account. Dunno why. If my account had been compromised and was spamming folks, perhaps it is sad proof that the technique works. Or, maybe people are drawn to my new-found, bad boy, suspended status. Or, perhaps people prefer my silence to my tweets!
If any of my Tweeps tweeted an appeal on my behalf, a heart-felt thank you! (Unfortunately I couldn’t see your deeds without account access – but you know who you are and I am grateful).
I’m happy yet cautious . . . more later.