Wednesday, November 6, 2013

The Night Twitter Died...For Me

So, last night I was so excited about the return of Damon Wayans Jr. on New Girl that I couldn't wait to tweet about how hysterical the first five minutes were. Imagine my surprise when I got a message stating that my tweet hadn't been sent--because my account had been suspended.

Wait--what?

Just like that, I couldn't post anything new, nor could I even get updates from the people I follow. Completely perplexed, I followed the link's to Twitter's support page, where I was told that I could appeal my account suspension. I promptly did this, and received a message stating the my request to have my suspension reviewed was "in process."

I read through the terms of service, rules and best practices several times, trying to think of anything I could have done to get my account suspended. I couldn't find anything. Worse, there is no one to talk to at Twitter, just a help desk you submit your appeal to. There was also no explanation in the confirmation email I received, either. That's right--I was given no reason whatsoever why my account had been suspended.

But just like that, out of the blue, my Twitter access was revoked. Now, I get to wait for someone to review the situation, at which time they could decide to reinstate my account, or not to. So it's conceivable that I could have my account permanently closed for reasons completely unknown to me.

Now, I'm assuming this is just some sort of mistake, and things will right themselves in the next day or two. But it is kind of scary how you can have your account suspended at any point without even an explanation.

Stay tuned.