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Twitter gets heavy-handed

19 Sep

twitter gagIf you have been following this blog or you are indeed a Twitter follower you must know by now that Mark Berry’s account aka @boulezian was suspended last night.

I contacted Mark this morning to ask what was happening and he confirmed that his account was suspended without any justification by Twitter. He did have a look through The Twitter Rules and he couldn’t genuinely find himself to have broken any of them and led to suspension.

I received no notification, let alone explanation, but when I returned home last night and tried to log in, received a message saying that I had been suspended. As it suggested, I dutifully looked through the list of rules, etc., and could find nothing that I might have come close to breaking.   There was a form I had to fill in to ‘contest’ the suspension; I have done so, but it was a little difficult, since I was supposed to say what I had done wrong! As yet, just silence in response.

Many of his followers have started a mini campaign to have him reinstated as it seems like a totally unfounded and unreasonable course of action by Twitter. Mark has been one of the most savvy and interesting commenters of the classical/operatic twitter universe and it is a great loss to the diversity and plurality of opinions. His critical thinking on his blog and forthright views are much cherished by the community.

Use our #FreeBoulezian hashtag to tweet @twitter to complain about this heavy-handed and unfair suspension. Hopefully his account will be reactivated very soon and sanity will prevail.

PS He has just been reinstated, which is great news, but will post this anyway.

Facebook? More like Idlebook/ Crapbook/ Dullbook/ Crackbook

25 Oct
  
Well well! Another invite to join the ranks of fools that have a Facebook profile.
Oh how much I hate those "I’ve added you as a friend on Facebook" automated messages!
 
I thought friendship was all about personal interaction and exchange of ideas. The very process that Facebook’s set-up negates.
Being in someone’s list of "friends" is almost like looking in the party but not actually being there.
How can an inane comment of the "I’m eating crisps" kind of league constitute of communication? Isn’t the very nature of meaningful communication that the broadcasted message is worthy of its broadcast? Who the hell cares if I am currently having a big bag of cracked pepper Kettle Chips?
 
When I asked a friend if he had moved to the new flat he was trying to buy in the last few months, all I got was an automated invite to join Facebook.
It’s exactly the kind of degradation of individuality in interpersonal communication that makes me so angry.
If he bothered to let me know with a persona email I may have been more understanding…but answering to my email with a standard invite to Facebook? That is the equivalent of taking the piss!
Oh when will people see that its is just a pointless exercise for arrogant self publicising morons
 
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