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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!

Mamabug Hey, @Twitter? Bring back @anissamayhew! She’s a lover, not a spammer! #freeanissa

michellew_If we all show @twitter our boobs maybe they’ll bring @AnissaMayhew back! #freeanissa

mobu67 My day has been shot to hell. And do you know why? Becaus@AnissaMayhew can’t tweet. It’s ruining my chi, I tell you. #freeanissa

BackpackingDad Hey @Twitter, under no circumstances should you reinstate @anissamayhew. I’m pretty sure she eats puppies. #freeanissa

redneckmommy Um @twitter? Please reinstate @anissamayhew. Not only does she eat puppies but she has the best boobs ever. #freeanissa

Sammanthia I’m going to blip the sh*t out of this song until @twitter gives us back @AnissaMayhew. #twitteryouhavebeenwarned ? http://blip.fm/~4o09i

missbanshee Hey @twitter! Does @anissamayhew need a cake with a file in it??? Should we organize a candlelight vigil??? I WANT MY ANISSA!! #freeanissa

karensugarpants: Hey @twitter, @anissamayhew is not a spammer! #freeanissa #missin’ anissa #dudewhere’smyanissamojo?

childsplayx2: It’s a little too quiet around here. That’s what happens when @Anissamayhew is silenced. #FreeAnissa

mommielicious@twitter you needz to reinstate @anissamayhew stat! I may die w/o her!!

karlerikson If @anissamayhew is a spammer, then I’m RuPaul. #thesefishnetsgetsnaggedoneverything

gamingwithbaby Starting something here and need the R/T: Hey @twitter, @anissamayhew is not a spammer! #twitterfail

willrunforcake@twitter Where is @anissamayhew, what have you done with her?!? #freeanissa

danthedaddyHey @Twitter! Bring back @AnissaMayhew! You’re messing with my demographics. I think she was the only Asian following me! #freeanissa

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.

44 Comments on “#FreeAnissa”

  1. #1 Karen Sugarpants
    on Apr 21st, 2009 at 8:04 am

    YAY you’re BACK!!! I loved some of those tweets. We are definitely your people!

    Karen Sugarpantss last blog post..Twitter is Ruining Mah Brainz

  2. #2 DesignHER Momma
    on Apr 21st, 2009 at 8:14 am

    oh a t-shirt! I would be in on that!

    DesignHER Mommas last blog post..Yes, I was a Chick-fil-a virgin…

  3. #3 Jen
    on Apr 21st, 2009 at 8:14 am

    I blame your absence for my horrible day yesterday…I missed you girlie! Glad to see you are back!

    Jens last blog post..My Top Ten

  4. #4 Maria
    on Apr 21st, 2009 at 8:30 am

    Hahahaha love it.

    Marias last blog post..the tide

  5. #5 Robin ~ PENSIEVE
    on Apr 21st, 2009 at 8:36 am

    I missed every one of these but a) hilarious, b) awww, are you feelin’ the love? and c) glad you’re back (in spite me not knowing you were under arrest).

    My puppy’s in the witness protection program, though. I’m not taking any chances!


    Robin ~ PENSIEVEs last blog post..Insomniatic thought {Postscript added}

  6. #6 Will
    on Apr 21st, 2009 at 8:51 am

    Glad the improved #freeanissa hash tag worked better. #twitterfail just wasn’t getting it done.

    Wills last blog post..22:47

  7. #7 Sammanthia
    on Apr 21st, 2009 at 9:04 am

    I think when you come back to us again we all have Garth to thank, no?
    I miss my daily dose of perverted. Stay strong, sista.

  8. #8 Marinka
    on Apr 21st, 2009 at 10:29 am

    Thank god they reinstated you. I was just about to start a hunger strike.

    Marinkas last blog post..Represent

  9. #9 Jess
    on Apr 21st, 2009 at 10:36 am

    Your friends are hilarious! (I came from the ChildsPlayx2 to see what’s going on with this Anissa person. Glad I did!)

  10. #10 themaggers
    on Apr 21st, 2009 at 10:59 am

    Anissa I missed you and your dazzling wit and daily dose of snark! I’ll take a #freeanissa shirt in small please. Glad that you are back and you no longer have to suffer twitter withdrawls!

    themaggerss last blog post..Questions and few answers

  11. #11 Beer reviews
    on Apr 21st, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    I had the same problem with Twitter… My problem was never resolved and I had to create a new account. Hopefully these humorous and concerned tweets will help you! Regards!

    Beer reviewss last blog post..Beer News @ All Beer Blog

  12. #12 Maura
    on Apr 21st, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    I made it on your blog?! I can die happy now.

    Even thought they’ve let you back now, I totally want that T-shirt.

    Mauras last blog post..Remembering Our Beautiful Butterfly

  13. #13 jennster
    on Apr 21st, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    and to think i just retweeted scarymommy’s tweet. had i know i could get all creative, I WOULD HAVE DONE SO! now i feel like a simple rt LOSER! thanks!

  14. #14 Tracy
    on Apr 21st, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    Are you sure you didn’t find that worm on purpose? so you could see how many people love you and don’t want to loose your comments on twitter 😉

    I’m glad it didn’t take twitter long to re-instate you, though this is making me wonder is it possible to create a worm that would attack anyone who would try to worm you….. might have to put the web design down for a bit to investigate hacking/worming (after the semesters over though)

  15. #15 Andrea's Sweet Life
    on Apr 21st, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    If you do make that shirt, can it be the touristy kind with the built-in cleavage?

    Andrea’s Sweet Lifes last blog post..Ho’ing Around

  16. #16 Colleen - Mommy Always Wins
    on Apr 21st, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    Aw…how is it the good things never happen to ME?!? 😉

    Colleen – Mommy Always Winss last blog post..Carrie’d away

  17. #17 Miss Grace
    on Apr 21st, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    I missed you!

    Miss Graces last blog post..Hottest Mommy Blogger

  18. #18 rachel-asouthernfairytale
    on Apr 21st, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    Those are awesome 😉
    Should we tell them about the paddles and chocolate pudding?

    heh. ;-p

    love ya

    rachel-asouthernfairytales last blog post..This Sums It Up Nicely

  19. #19 Holly at Tropic of Mom
    on Apr 21st, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    We totally need a T-shirt for this kind of revolution!

    Holly at Tropic of Moms last blog post..So you think you can bake?

  20. #20 Brittany
    on Apr 21st, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    Ok, so you are back, thank effing God. But…what am I supposed to do with the 500 Free Anissa tshirts in XS and black arm bands I ordered?

    Brittanys last blog post..That will bring us back to doe…oh, oh, oh.

  21. #21 Musingwoman
    on Apr 21st, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    I rarely darken twitters door for a few days and look what I miss!

    Glad to see you’re back!

    Musingwomans last blog post..The writing experience

  22. #22 Amy
    on Apr 21st, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever commented here before, but I’m a reader and a twitter follower. I must say, my tweetdeck was noticeably quieter last night! Glad to have you back!

    Amys last blog post..Thwack!

  23. #23 natalie
    on Apr 21st, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    i totally started following you when i saw some of those tweets. i felt like i was missing out on something big! so glad you are reinstated!

  24. #24 Michellew_
    on Apr 21st, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    Glad you’re back! However, I’m pretty sure I’ve seen you eat at least one puppy!

  25. #25 Matthew
    on Apr 22nd, 2009 at 12:17 am

    I think you got reinstated because I showed everyone my boobs.

    Matthews last blog post..Art Critics

  26. #26 JD
    on Apr 22nd, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    Hilarious and brilliant! Love it!

  27. #27 Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah
    on Apr 22nd, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    I’m just in this for the t-shirt.

    Sarah, Goon Squad Sarahs last blog post..Yes, I Love Her Too

  28. #28 ilinap
    on Apr 22nd, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    So the thing about the puppies can’t be proven. How about the boobs?

  29. #29 AnissaM
    on Apr 26th, 2009 at 12:08 am

    Seriously, I got GOOOOD people, there are none better. XOXO

  30. #30 AnissaM
    on Apr 26th, 2009 at 12:09 am

    You know what?? I got super secret plans but you’ll be hearing the phrase #FreeAnissa again soon-ish

  31. #31 AnissaM
    on Apr 26th, 2009 at 12:09 am

    Since I’ve been back have you found yourself in your happy place? Thanks so much XOXOX

  32. #32 AnissaM
    on Apr 26th, 2009 at 12:11 am

    I am a) always impressed by the creativity and the hilarity that Twitter can incite b) drowning in the love, get suspended, try it some time c) wondering how insulted I should be that you didn’t even notice I wasn’t rambling about *snort*

    Ok, and the puppy? Safe for NOW! BWAAAHAAAA

  33. #33 AnissaM
    on Apr 26th, 2009 at 12:11 am

    Oh Will, I haz plans for #FreeAnissa, you just can’t waste something like that

  34. #34 AnissaM
    on Apr 26th, 2009 at 12:12 am

    Garth called, something about cease and desist…WHATEVAHHH

  35. #35 AnissaM
    on Apr 26th, 2009 at 12:12 am

    NEVER EVER EVER stop eating on my account…seriously, what else would I have to live for?

  36. #36 AnissaM
    on Apr 26th, 2009 at 12:13 am

    You know, It worked! Twitter had me back up and running in less than 24 hours, nagging works, yo

  37. #37 AnissaM
    on Apr 26th, 2009 at 12:14 am

    oh just wait..I think I may have plans for #FreeAnissa

  38. #38 AnissaM
    on Apr 26th, 2009 at 12:14 am

    You could never be a loser in my book..in fact, the whole reason I told them I HAD to get back on Twitter was because I was missing @Jennster!

  39. #39 AnissaM
    on Apr 26th, 2009 at 12:15 am

    You aren’t kidding! Ever want to know if people got your back? Get suspended from Twitter…*wipes a tear*

  40. #40 AnissaM
    on Apr 26th, 2009 at 12:16 am

    Girl, ALL my shirts come with the built-in cleavage!

  41. #41 AnissaM
    on Apr 26th, 2009 at 12:16 am

    *ahem* I think I may already have a rep as a puppy-eater…do I really want to have to explain the paddle/pudding situation? It may be more than I can handle.

  42. #42 AnissaM
    on Apr 26th, 2009 at 12:17 am

    soooo, you’re saying I tweet a lot…that’s how rumors get started, you know!

  43. #43 AnissaM
    on Apr 26th, 2009 at 12:18 am

    I KNOW that’s why….because Twitter said I could do whatever I want, no questions asked as long as there were no more man-boob Twitpics. E.V.E.R.

  44. #44 Extremely Manly and Testosterone-Filled Tears « Serial Distractions
    on Dec 18th, 2009 at 12:03 pm

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