I find myself in a new situation: Twitter has locked me out of my account.
I have an account there (@AborigenGTS) that I use to promote my giantess/shrink-fetish writing. It goes with my email, this blog, my Buffer account, all my social media channels. Yesterday I posted an old Buttman picture, that of a giantess with a roller coaster leading into her butt, to promote #ButtyJuly17, the size-fetish writing contest that will be themed around butts.
I wasn’t given a warning about the picture. I was locked out of my account, told that it was exhibiting automatic behavior against Twitter’s rules. This is unreasonable and indefensible. But I thought I’d play their game and request a validation code to prove my identity. They never sent one. I requested more validation codes, and Twitter continued to ignore these requests, ultimately informing me I’d maxed out my number of requests and to try again later. So I lodged complaints to them through two different channels. A day later, I still haven’t heard anything from them.
Today I created a temporary account, new handle, new email address, meant to be trashed after my main account got restored. I added three people I knew, uploaded an avatar and background image (neither of which were obscene), and before I could post anything Twitter suspended that account too.
What could this behavior have been? I hadn’t done anything. I can only guess that Twitter identified me by IP, similar handle, the contacts I’d added, and maybe even the size of my browser window. I could test this by creating an unrelated account and introduce one factor after another until Twitter banishes me again.
So that’s going to be frustrating. Most, if not all, of my socialization for the Aborigen network happens over Twitter. Most of my readership comes from Tumblr, strangely, but no one talks to me there. Facebook is just a redirect to my website, so is Instagram. Google Plus is beyond useless. Being locked out of Twitter (a free service, yes, so they can abuse their users as much as they like) is going to adversely affect my readership, and I’m not sure how to work around that. I can push more energy into DeviantArt, and I guess I could start working within Giantess City, but Twitter was my primary outreach. I have no idea why I’m being stonewalled and blackballed.
UPDATE: Well, it’s fixed. I got an email from Twitter Support announcing my account was unsuspended, and they apologized for the hassle. The confusion came from more bots: their anti-spam bots thought I was a bot and locked me down. I’m not sure what I was doing that make them think so, lots of people use Buffer and regulated schedules to post crap, don’t they? Is that what Buffer and Hootsuite are for? Anyway, I started an account to promote ButtyJuly17, and that didn’t get suspended, and the next day my regular account was up and online.