Hi friends,

Well, this sucks. I sent a few angry tweets about Left wing reprisals, Joel Pollack and @LindseyGrahamSC, but nothing i haven't said before (but those were much worse).
Evidently,Twitter's new policy won't allow any form of stridency or contempt if there's any way they can be construed as "inciting violence."  Well, warning of reprisals felt more like a public service than inciting violence—but maybe it wasn't that tweet. Either way, I broke their rules, and they have a right to sanction me. I just hope it's not permanent.

I have responded with their login code and they sent me an email to confirm my address, but I still can't get on.  The email said they'd "Review it"

Why so many can get back on almost immediately, after saying far worse things, but I cannot, is just beyond my understanding. But I've always worried about this. The misguided outcry from the Left about anything anyone felt was "abuse" (which Twitter never could  do that much about) was bound to backlash against almost any kind of strident speech. 

I suppose since the account is only "suspended," and not terminated, there's hope they will cut a 10 year veteran of Twitter (and a Twitter developer) some slack.

I don't mind your asking @Twitter about this, but please don't insult them. I should have realized that even my "edgier" tweets might be out of bounds, these days, with their latest, continually evolving guidelines.

I sure hope I will see you soon.




I've been suspended from tweeting for 12 hours. Here's why:

This  malignant troll, @mechtwintailed and his alter-ego accounts (and probably 10 more of them in this list) has been selling his moronic thread about how Hilter was a liberal atheist for years. 

No matter how many of his dopey reply-suckers I block, I get notified by this thread about 25 times a day, and people just keep joining it.  Twitter refuses to give us the ability to escape such reply threads. And blocking or muting them is pointless, as there's always some new person responding to the stupid bullshit (because Twitter users love stupid bullshit), so I get hit again and again and again. Sometimes my notifies will literally be overrun by this imbecilic noise, usually by people who think they're going to tell this festering ass pimple how misguided he is (not knowing he's just doing this to troll people).

So despite how much this asshole harasses many of us, I'd finally reach my limit. And the result? Twitter suspends me for 12 hours, for THIS TWEET:

So, evidently, Twitter now considers that merely someone "was dead" to be unacceptable speech (eyeroll). 

I wish @Jack @ev and @delbius would finally understand how offensive these reply threads are, and GIVE US A WAY TO GET OUT OF THEM. It's just not hard to develop an "untagging" algorithm that would remove our @handles from any thread that we BLOCK.  This, and my handle mask idea would help prevent a LOT of Twitter abuse.

I will try to appeal this, but I doubt it will do much good.  See you after midnight.

To begin, an apology…

I've been meaning to post this for years. I apologize for only discussing it on Twitter before now.  It's actually a very important thing to know, and most don't know it, and tips merely tweeted are usually lost in the clutter and noise of the Internet ether.  That said, let's move on…

Your retweets are not seen as often as you may think.

Most now know that social media can have a dramatic impact on the news, and our reactions, once registered, can sometimes make an impact. 

But one of the most common mistakes people make on Twitter is assuming that simply retweeting a tweet will somehow transmit their position or outrage to not only their own followers (which it will), but also to the @target person triggering the outrage, often @mentioned in a tweet or thread.  But unfortunately, due to the way Twitter works, which most people still don't really understand very well, it won't.  Unless their Retweet is the very first retweet, it is effectively invisible.. 

Why? Because RTs are only only seen ONCE (over about 24 hours). If not for that built-in throttling, @users — especially @celebrities — would be overwhelmed by thousands of RTs aimed at them every hour.  

So, if yours is not the first retweet (which it rarely will be), it is simply added to the "retweet count" (see #1 below) for that tweet, and your avatar is added to its list of avatars retweeting it (#2). And even those are limited to the first 100 users retweeting it.




Since almost no one ever looks at that list of Retweeting avatars anyway (they aren't even visible in Tweetdeck and most other client Twitter programs), your "voice" is essentially unseen, and effectively unheard. Thus, below you see 3 people retweeting an urgent tweet of mine to a TV show host. Most think they are helping me amplify my appeal, assuming the @AmJoyShow or @joyannreid show will see their retweeted echo of my tweet.  But as I've just explained, they won't.




So, how can your voice be heard?

It's very simple: just don't rely on simple retweets.  When you want your take, co-sign, or outrage to register with a @target account, you have these two options:

  1. "Quote/Comment" the tweet instead.  That way, your @target will see an ORIGINAL tweet (yours), which can also include the tweet you are trying to amplify.  For example:










  2. Copy and Paste into an original tweet.  Adding the classic "RT" signal before your text is recommended, but optional.  Your mention will be seen with or without it. Example:









As a bonus, a twofer!  The visibility of your original tweet will be doubled when just one of your followers retweets it. 

So there you have it 

And if you're thinking, "Oh crap, thanks a pantload, Shoq. All those years of railing and flailing at people with my RTs, and only my own followers saw it? Did I really need to know this?" 

I'm really sorry about that, but I'm only the messenger.  And after years on Twitter, I'm pretty much bulletproof, so it just makes no sense to shoot me. Let's just move on. Remember this basic rule going forward:  

If you want to be seen/heard, ALWAYS use a quoted tweet, or a simple copy and paste into a new tweet.


Many of your @mentions may not be seen either:  See: So What Does Dot (Period) Mean In Front of Some Twitter Replies (.@)

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