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TWITTER BAFFLED BY HAIKUS

In NEW!, NEWS AND COMMENTARY, Uncategorized on November 1, 2009 at 4:47 PM

DEVELOPING….

This makes me wonder:

An unfortunate action on the part of the management at TWITTER shows the service may be more corrupt than anyone thought. Or did their programming system make an error?

What may seem like small potatoes to some is actually a cautionary story for other TWITTER users.

Here is what happened:

A community sharing haikus has been shut down. In addition, the user account for @Baffled (the source for the community “haikuchallenge”) has been suspended and furthermore, is currently under investigation for “suspicious activity.”

Alarmed, users are becoming unnerved. The indication that TWITTER operates a corrupt online service is becoming apparent.

What do you think this means? With users like Ashton Kutcher and televison programs free to promote celebrity business ventures, the general public, however, is forbidden to engage in innocent activity. Could the corporate mission at TWITTER be corrupt? Are they using the service for a purpose that will eventually harm other people? Or could it be a programming mechanism to filter SPAM?

Please REBLOG on Tumblr and other blogs to alert TWITTER users and to share your thoughts on the service.

haikuchallenge:
Just a note for #haikuchallenge followers: late last night (October 31) I discovered that my Twitter account had been suspended and is being investigated for “suspicious activity.” I hope to have the situation resolved as quickly as possible. In the meantime, I have asked my friends at @capto to tweet the daily #haikuchallenge word. It will also appear here on this blog.
Thanks for all your support (I can still see your #haikuchallenge tweets).
@baffled

UPDATE: SEE FOR YOURSELF

Inquiring readers may see the alleged “suspicious activity” under investigation. The Haiku Challenge continues despite efforts by Twitter to shut it down. Sharing haikus, is it a crime?  Feel free to visit the website and see for yourself:

www.haikuchallenge.tumblr.com

UPDATE: TWITTER IDs HAIKU CHALLENGE AS SPAM? Waiting for Reinstatement

Twitter’s program has mechanisms installed to prevent SPAM. As users wait to see @Baffled reinstated, the Haiku Challenge has re-appeared in Twitter’s Search Engine. Meanwhile, the campaign continues to correct the potential error as messages are posted in defense by fans of the Haiku Challenge.

MORE TO COME

  1. Honestly, I doubt very much that the Twitter Lords intended to shut down a haiku round robin. I think what happens is that the activity – not it’s content – is perceived by algorithms that are too dumb to differentiate legitimate content from spam. I’m pretty sure your haiku friends will be reinstated. But yes, it shows up some basic flaws in the mechanisms by which twitter polices its community. But then, what’s new? It happens in real life all the time.

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  2. I use the free TrueTwit (truetwit.com) service to filter out most spammers. Any time anyone wants to follow you, they have to go through TrueTwit first, which requires them to enter in a “captcha” code. Spambots won’t be able to do that, so they won’t be able to follow you.

    Even though you only have to enter the code once, some normal followers may be annoyed by it and decide not to follow you, too. I find that it’s a worthwhile trade-off just to avoid all those Britney F*ck videos.

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  3. It baffles me when celebs deride twitter (Miley Cyrus) when most are in it for their own ego. The great thing about twitter (or was) was the fact it was a pretty level playing field. You could tweet with anyone and they could tweet with you if they wished. Several twitter friends have been sent to twitter jail with no reason given yet it seems every time I check my followers list, I have to block several porn bots. PRIORITISE TWITTER #twitfail

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    • I am in full agreement.

      The great thing about twitter (or was) was the fact it was a pretty level playing field. You could tweet with anyone and they could tweet with you if they wished.

      Very well said. Thank you. You describe the best part of the service and then you describe the questionable side. For those who do not know, “Twitter Jail” or “Twitmo” is a temporary account suspension for “too much activity,” forbidding the user from the service for a period of at least four hours.

      Several twitter friends have been sent to twitter jail with no reason given yet it seems every time I check my followers list, I have to block several porn bots.

      And then there are the key word search engines that allow users to solicit others. They are extremely disruptive and bountiful on Twitter. For example, the “porn bots” display a XXX image of fellatio, soliciting pornography. Twitter users typically get up to 10 of them a day and have to block the disturbing “Follower.” Last night, I got approximately 20 of the “Britney F**CK Video” following me, 5 of them in a row.

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