My Twitter Account

Four days since I sent Twitter support messages regarding my suspended account.  Unfortunately, when (if!) I get it back I’ll be using the account differently. Although I didn’t do anything wrong that I know of, who knows what happened! Maybe a service that my account connects to spammed my account with some sales message. Maybe someone was having a bad day and one of my harmless tweets rubbed them the wrong way and they reported me. Maybe people are sick of seeing my posts about genetically modified food. If so, unfollow me then, but don’t report and get me suspended.

I have no idea what went wrong and am sad to lose access to my account where I follow and have over 1K followers. Perhaps I will get my account back, perhaps not. I’ve been reading up and Twitter seems to suspend accounts for no rhyme or reason, or even accidentally. Seriously? Most people complaining about suspended accounts have realized they’ve been following aggressively but that’s not me.

I’m careful about what I let in my Twitter feed, but sometimes some really bad garbage gets in there. That person will usually get an unfollow from me. But there are some people who have extremely different views from me. I’m pretty opened minded and give plenty of leeway when it comes to opinion. Instead of reporting them when they post crazy messages, I just let them have their say. This is free speech. Sometimes I will learn something from their view. And if I don’t want to listen, I can unfollow. Not report, which is what  a lot of people do instead, because they’ll just get flustered and angry when someone may have a different viewpoint than theirs.

I wonder why celebrity accounts never get suspended? I mean they promote themselves and their products and services all the time, but I’ve seen posts from average people who’ve had their accounts  suspended for promoting their books or businesses. It’s not fair.

I allowed one woman on my list because I liked some of her tweets. Then she started peppering them with advertisements…many a day. I didn’t report her but her account I think qualifies for suspension. Why do these people get away with this, but the average person using Twitter to chat and make friends and post/retweet interesting links and news cannot have the freedom to do so without fear of suspension?

Twitter is a lovely service, and I’m missing it desperately. However, if I don’t get my account back soon, I’ll be setting up a new account, keeping the real people on it only to the close friends I’ve made, and then the rest will be news sources. No more making my account for sharing interesting news with people or chatting with just anyone. No more using Twitter fully like it’s meant to be used. It’s very sad but this suspension has dramatically changed my view of a sweet service.

I’m a Winner

The New BlackBerry PlayBook

Yesterday I found out I won one of 10 new BlackBerry PlayBooks from the RIM folks:

and the other 5:

We had to write up to 10 haiku, via Twitter, to @BlackBerry with a #PlayBookHaiku hashtag in the tweet. The haiku had to follow the 5-7-5- rule, and have either BlackBerry or PlayBook in the poem.

I love writing haiku so it was really a fun and quick little contest for me, and I knew I had a good chance of winning one of the PlayBooks. I realized I had an even better chance when I looked at PAGES of #PlayBookHaiku entries. Either they didn’t follow the 5-7-5 rule (what the heck is a haiku?!), their entries were kind of stupid: “Hey I wanna win a Blackberry”, or they wrote haiku without the word BlackBerry or PlayBook in the poem. Sometimes these contests are all about following the rules.

The BlackBerry folks sent me a DM saying they’ll post the winning entries on their blog sometime next week. I can’t wait to see which of mine was picked, and to read the other folks’ winning entries.

Here are all 10 of mine. I’ll edit this post next week and mark the entry that was the winning one. Don’t steal them for your entries for the next #PlayBookHaiku contest – make up your own original ones, ok? And don’t laugh too hard – some are so silly.

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Sit back and relax
Under the pink sakura
enjoy your PlayBook

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I open the box –
“New toy” excitement brimming!
PlayBook from RIM.

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BlackBerry PlayBook
Winter, spring, summer and fall
Four seasons for love.           <——-If anyone has watched Avatar: The Last Airbender – you’ll know the “Four Seasons” song.

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Pink, gently floating
A cherry blossom petal
Lands on my PlayBook

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Frog jumps into pond
A splash of water!
Protect my PlayBook      <— reminiscent of Basho’s famous frog jumping into pond haiku

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You call me a geek
As I hold my new PlayBook.
Call me what you want.

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News. Mail. Games. Books. Apps.
It all comes together now.
My life. My PlayBook. <<– Looks like this one was the winner; they mentioned they loved it in the Congrats letter they sent with the PlayBook

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Relaxing morning –
French pastry, a cup of tea
and the new PlayBook

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Hand-cradled PlayBook,
Oh BlackBerry BlackBerry
How I do love thee.

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Sleek black PlayBook
the newest BlackBerry crack
should be wearing shades

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Good Alternatives to UberSocial

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Last week Twitter shut down Ubertwitter’s access and millions of folks around the world had no way to post tweets from their phones. There’s no better app out there than UberMedia’s for the BlackBerry, at least. Most of us didn’t want to “downgrade” to Twitter for the BlackBerry – it’s just too featureless and well, speaking for myself, I just don’t like it.

I started digging around for other alternatives to use in the meantime. It was kind of good that UberTwiitter went poof because as I was digging around for other Twitter apps for my phone, I found some  new favorites that I’ll be keeping.

Viigo

Because I was extraordinarily happy with UberTwitter, I’d forgotten that Viigo can do Twitter. It’s not the greatest but it works! Viigo is a great app and I always find cool things that I would have missed otherwise. Last week I found a great new app called TuneIn radio (for my phone) and a little free RPG puzzle game for my PC called Wind and Water Puzzle Battle. A definite download for your BlackBerry and you’ll have Twitter just in case. Plus the app can post news articles to Twitter – bonus!

Seesmic

Seesmic you moved along fast, didn’t you? You used to be a mere desktop Twitter app just yesterday…now you’re a cross-platform tool allowing us to tweet from anywhere! Great job – you’re the one I was most surprised to see . Your interface and menu are somewhat UberTwitter-ish and I felt quite at home. Congratulations – you’ve got a new home on my BlackBerry.

Snaptu

Had heard a bit about Snaptu, figured it was something that would just clog up my phone. I try to keep my phone apps only to productive practical things. But wow – this little tool is great! It reminds me of Viigo in that it offers news. But it’s more – there are visually appealing modules that you can add and make your Snaptu experience personalized. This personalization thing really appeals to me. It’s an app that has me hooked. It does Twitter very well, as well as offers some very nice modules I can’t get on Viigo, like live International soccer scores, and a visual image topics  module called The Big Picture – a must have.

Since last week, the hubbub has died down and  UberTwitter has now been renamed to UberSocial. You can get the new download from UberSocial.com. Super glad it’s back. Also glad to know that I have other good alternatives, just in case.

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Twitter Tricks

I picked up my Blackberry late this afternoon and kept getting a “Forbidden” message when trying to use UberTwitter. When I looked at my tweet time line, at the top was a message about Twitter blocking UberTwitter, and here’s a link to download our Twitter client. What!!??

So I dig around on the net. Tons of people on Twitter are complaining “What happened to my UberTwitter?” A couple of articles seemed to point to UberTwitter having these issues, resulting in its being blocked by Twitter:

* Trademark infringement on the “Twitter” name
* Using TwitLonger to post longer than 140 character tweets
* Using affiliate marketing or changing folks’ tweets into marketing ads

I think the whole thing is a ploy to change mobile users over to the very featureless Twitter application. No? Let’s think this through logically.

First, if you’re going to block folks for name infringement, shut down/sue the TweetDeck folks. They just made millions selling TweetDeck.

Two, take down Twitlonger, not UberTwitter, for the >140 character posting. Oh and while you’re at it block Twitlonger because they also have “Twitter” in the name.

Three. As an UberTwitter user, I don’t ever recall affiliate marketing connected with this tool. I doubt anyone else has either. *pulling at straws, Twitter*

The whole thing seems to me to be geared toward Twitter taking out UberTwitter (if not permanently, for awhile) to steer folks toward using their Twitter-for-mobile tool.

Not cool, Twitter.

If the Twitter folks did warn UberMedia long long ago that they would do this, did they give them a deadline? UberMedia folks seem smart enough not to sit on their laurels and do nothing here. This doesn’t make sense, although they did seem to have some foreknowledge that they needed to do something about their name.

It seems UberTwitter will get a rename to UberSocial (which is fine). I hope they return to us soon.

Goals: First Post

I’ve had a journal on LiveJournal for ages. I started getting away from posting there, and started moving toward Twitter. Now sometimes I realize I still want to post things but make it more available to the public. LiveJournal is great and I’ll still use it for communities and posting for friends there sometimes. However, I’ve seen that even my old hard-core LiveJournal friends have stopped posting there, and have headed to things like Facebook.

Facebook has tons of privacy issues which I couldn’t get around, really.  I go there to see pictures that family and friends post about once a week and don’t stay there long.

Last week I started poking around with Posterous and Tumblr. I really like Posterous very much – its presentation, format and features. It’s more like a blog. Tumblr is nice but seems more like StumbleUpon, with its photo sharing. I really love the inevitable discovery of amazing photos my Tumblr page, and I go there frequently for gorgeous eye candy. However, I’m realizing that what I want to do is blog again, in one place, available to whomever wants to see what I have to say.

I’d like this blog to be more about how to share what I do. I want to make short tutorials, creations, mini tutoring sessions. However, I still want to share the things I regularly share – stuff I learned, thoughts, links to cool sites or blogs. I’m also hoping to connect with new peoples’ blogs on WordPress. WordPress is a more full-featured professional blogging tool. I do have a website at Sunnypad.com and I’ve used that over the years to post little things I’ve designed, as well as doing a bit of blogging. That’s been slacking off as well. Additionally sometimes I go and find my site down. Not sure how many visitors I’ve received to the site recently, but I just don’t have the motivation to upkeep a website all the time. It takes a lot of maintenance. I’m getting older, with less time for bothersome administrative things. I want more time to explore the new technologies that are coming, as well as wanting to spend time with my beautiful children. I hope they stay close to me always, but one never knows how life will go.

I’m looking forward to use WordPress as a one-stop shop for posting not only my interests, thoughts, ideas, photos, links, but also for private posts.  I hope this blog grows into everything I’d like it to be and that readers enjoy my posts as much as I enjoy reading theirs.