Tufted ducks lifting off from golden water

Tweeting Again -and- Oh, Horror!

Tweeting Again

I can give ❤️s again!

Twitter emailed me an apology for the inconvenience of locking me out of then restricting my account. The email confirmed that an automated system is charged with removing spam accounts. “[I]t looks like your account got caught up in one of these spam groups by mistake.”

I’m grateful to stop waiting for an answer.


Oh, Horror!

More than a week ago, I asked, “What is the story when frightening and disgusting the readers is the intention to create another mood?”

I don’t have an answer to that yet. The question arose from my curiosity about Horror. I’ve created an interview questionnaire for Horror writers. My intention was to better understand their perception of the genre. However, I don’t yet have the guts to approach potential interviewees.

Turns out, I’m kind of scared of people who openly admit to horrifying readers on purpose. I might be afraid to learn I’m one of them.


Website Updates

Visitors–Do you like the new background color? It’s more blue than the previous gray. I’ve also started changes to Shadows in Mind front page, which will continue through this week.

Thanks for keeping up with me.

Blanked-out profile with message from Twitter: "Caution: This account is temporarily restricted"

Restricted from Giving ❤️s

Howdy, y’all. Happy Saturday?

I’d be happier if I stuck in shadows without my consent.

While waiting for Twitter to respond about what’s happening with my account, I’m playing with the options that site has left open for me during the poorly explained restrictions.

Twitter is ignoring my instructions from WordPress. The restrictions twitter.com also carry over to tweetdeck. I wasn’t left with many options to tell Twitter-only followers why I’ve gone silent. Mostly all I can do @writeramlynn is change my settings and profile information.

So that’s what I’ve updated!

My profile shows that I’m:

  • under restrictions,
  • trying to talk to Twitter Support, and
  • posting about the situation on this website (Shadows in Mind).

I’ve removed the “Hiding in the woods” joke in my location, because that’s not funny to me at this time.

Choosing to hide away is different from being forcibly hidden away, and I feel that with the horrific stealing of rights happening in the world these days, that difference should be respected.

By the way, I do see notifications from those of you who are responding to my pre-lockout tweets and trying to get Twitter Support’s attention for me. Thank you for thinking of me! ❤️ ❤️ ❤️

 

Blanked-out profile with message from Twitter: "Caution: This account is temporarily restricted"

Restricted from Giving ❤️s

Howdy, y’all. Happy Saturday?

I’d be happier if I stuck in shadows without my consent.

While waiting for Twitter to respond about what’s happening with my account, I’m playing with the options that site has left open for me during the poorly explained restrictions.

Twitter is ignoring my instructions from WordPress. The restrictions twitter.com also carry over to tweetdeck. I wasn’t left with many options to tell Twitter-only followers why I’ve gone silent. Mostly all I can do @writeramlynn is change my settings and profile information.

So that’s what I’ve updated!

My profile shows that I’m:

  • under restrictions,
  • trying to talk to Twitter Support, and
  • posting about the situation on this website (Shadows in Mind).

I’ve removed the “Hiding in the woods” joke in my location, because that’s not funny to me at this time.

Choosing to hide away is different from being forcibly hidden away, and I feel that with the horrific stealing of rights happening in the world these days, that difference should be respected.

By the way, I do see notifications from those of you who are responding to my pre-lockout tweets and trying to get Twitter Support’s attention for me. Thank you for thinking of me! ❤️ ❤️ ❤️

 

Yellow duckling sitting on sandy ground © AdinaVoicu

Twitter Limitations

The status of my @writeramlynn account hasn’t changed since I blogged about it on Wednesday. With the restrictions keeping me from interacting with others on Twitter is making me feel left out.

I can log in but can do almost nothing other than view content and unfollow accounts. Twitter won’t allow me to tweet, like or retweet, follow anyone new, add to lists, or send direct messages. These activities are blocked with alerts.

Please try again. And again. And again. Have you given up yet?

What’s new is that unlike a couple of days ago, I was able to submit a contact form to Twitter from its Help Center.

Twitter responded with a generic response asserting that my account “may be compromised by a user or a service not associated with Twitter.” The email contained simple instructions, which I’ve followed. I’ve also checked again for any signs of suspicious activity or unauthorized connections within my account. For the record, I’ve found none.

Again, I’m waiting to see what happens next.

Yellow duckling sitting on sandy ground © AdinaVoicu
Feeling like a lame duck. Photo © AdinaVoicu

Additional Update–Saturday, August 11: The form email from Twitter instructed me to reply to if the issues continued after a few hours. I sent a reply this morning.

screenshot of Twitter profile with grayed out images

Suspicious Activity on Twitter

Have you seen my Twitter account in the past couple of days? Probably not. Even the people who click a link to view it directly are cautioned against viewing my profile.

"Caution: This account is temporary restricted" notice
Just click “Yes”

I’m not entirely sure what happened. Twitter locked me out while I was in my account doing usual things yesterday.

I followed the steps on the screen to confirm I’m human and could provide a phone number. Twitter immediately announced that my account was unlocked.

Message: "Account unlocked."

Going through the process was unnerving. I read Twitter’s Rules again, because, yes, I would like to prevent future lockouts. The rules gave me no clue as to what triggered the lockout.

At least the process was quick, I thought.

Unfortunately, no, the ordeal hasn’t ended. I attempted to tweet about what happened. Twitter refused every one of my attempts.

Message: "This request looks like it might be automated. To protect our users from spam and other malicious activity, we can't complete this action right now. Please try again later."
My account is unlocked, but I’m supposed to not make any noise from it?

Not only that, but I’m not allowed to show appreciation for others’ tweets. Twitter is denying my attempts to like or retweet others’ posts on the site.

This request looks like it might be automated. To protect our users from spam and other malicious activity, we can’t complete this action right now. Please try again later.

I’ve checked over my profile, tweets, and settings for signs that someone else has acted from my account. Nothing looks suspicious to me except for Twitter’s notices.

The insulting part of this is that while I’m left figuring out what’s happening, Twitter is acting if as I’m the threat.

Screenshot of restricted account
This is what people are seeing when they click to view my profile

Why? What rule did I break? I couldn’t tweet anyone for answers yesterday, so today, I went to Twitter’s Help Center.

The Help Center is not helpful. Twitter already acknowledged me as the owner. What else do they want?

Twitter says I should’ve received an email about all of this. My email address is correct and my email notifications are turned on. A search turned up nothing in my email folders about this incident. Why am I not receiving emails about the security of my account if that’s the concern?

Okay, then! The next step on the journey for answers was to contact Twitter’s support team. They’re not known for quick responses, but an answer next month is better than nothing. Right?

Login issue contact form with message, "Try again later: Your computer or network may be sending automated queries"

Google’s CAPTCHA challenged me, like, a dozen times before deciding that I’m a bot. All I can do is nothing, apparently.

People have treated me as if I’m not human before. A bot treating me like a bot is even more frustrating.

At this point, I’m tempted to delete my @writeramlynn account. All I’m fighting for is the opportunity to micro-blog about writing, fiction publishing, folklore, and nature photography, which make up the majority of my tweets.

We’ll see what happens in another couple of days.


Update: My account was unlocked fours days after this post. Read my Twitter updates to see what happened.