When I joined Twitter in May 2012, I was unsure what I could get out of it. Today, I can say that I was exposed to many tech folks and ideas that I would have never heard of without Twitter.
The last three jobs I had came from the same process. A tweet sparks my interest about a company. I keep reading about them for a couple of weeks and then apply.
Twitter was my professional network.
On July 20th, I was in the middle of reading about a new open source project discovered on Twitter. And here it appeared. The alert about being suspended.
My first thought was searching tweets about a Twitter bug... which I couldn't do due the ban. This is where I understood it was gonna be painful, I was too reliant on Twitter. And Twitter was done with me.
They sent an email to make the decision official and to give vague information. After trying to appeal the decision through the help articles, I received a new email with the reason: Impersonation.
I doesn't make sense because I have been tweeting as myself for the last 9 years.
Usually my first thought would be to ask for help on Twitter, you see my problem.
Moving away for over-relying on Twitter
In retrospect I feel like I over-invested on Twitter. I should have posted more content on an independent blog and built my email list (disclaimer: I work at Ghost).
I can still log-in to sites using the Twitter OAuth flow, but I'm afraid this is might break soon. I'll be more careful about using OAuth in the future!
As for news, I'll continue reading the Hacker News headlines (/front) to avoid missing big things!
I will miss catching on friends and curated strangers on Twitter. There is no substitution for that.
Can you help?
If you know someone at Twitter, please tell them I actually am myself.
I used to be @thibpat on Twitter and I would love to continue participating in the community.
Edit: It's July 23rd and I'm back!
After my 4th appeal and some help through a friend of friend, Twitter is welcoming me again.