A Berkeley student who was covering an anti-government protests in Egypt managed to get a single word out to his friends via Twitter: Arrested.
A pretty tremendous series of events unfolded over the next days and the college ended up getting him a lawyer and helped get this young man free.
That’s fairly impressive no?
Yesterday I found out that my Twitter account had been suspended for “suspicious activity”….apparently I somehow aquired a worm which was sending out spammy tweets under my name. And the M.A.N. shut me DOWN.
I sent an email to Twitter saying that I wasn’t, in fact, a spammer and had caught some sort of Twitter virus. They sent me an email saying “Have you been suspended? These might be the reasons why…please email us if you feel this is a mistake”….which, I did…AGAIN…and I got another email saying “Have you been suspended…blah blah blah”.
Sooo, I did what any able-minded adult would do.
I hit Facebook to whine about it.
I too am being held hostage….maybe just from my social network addiction and not in a filthy, scary Egyptian prison, but still.
A spark of brilliance hit. *snort* Maybe if a couple of friends would tweet that I wasn’t a spammer and that I was trying to get my account reactivated, Twitter would pay attention sooner rather than later.
A COUPLE of friends.
Poor Twitter. Over the past day a fair barrage of tweets have been sent to @Twitter to pitch a fit over my spammer reputation. These people are actually defending my honor! I may be slightly crazy, more than a little weird and frequently misuse the words conscience/conscious…but dangit, I’m no spammer!
Can I just tell you how truly awesome these people are? These are just a few of the messages sent out to try to spur some justice around here!
Yeah, we Twitterers are a bit for the dramatic. But what can I say? THESE are my people!
I’m not entirely sure this is going to have an effect on the speed at which Twitter responds, but I’m having a field day reading the things people are saying about me.
Would it be wrong to just go ahead and design a #FreeAnissa t-shirt now? Cause it’s kinda catchy.
And that thing about the puppies? It’s just a rumor.
No one can prove anything.