After a whole week I have finally been let out from the under the shadow.
Twitter decided I was worthy once again, and removed my Shadow Ban.
I have learned a lot since I put out last weeks #SoSS post:
A Shadow Ban means that even though your followers can see your Tweets, they do not appear in a general search or in # groups such a #SoSS. Indeed if someone searched for your Twitter name nothing would show up. Though I feel there may be a few levels to Shadow Banning.
Twitter do not inform you that it is happening and apparently generally ignore that it is a common practice.
You do not need to break the Twitter terms and conditions or really do anything wrong for it to occur.
They have some sort of algorithm that looks at your account and decides if they think you may be a robot. There are a lot of “Twitter Bot Checkers” online for us to use. The higher the percentage an account achieves, the more likely it is a bot. Interestingly enough many of us sex-bloggers scored reasonably high on this boto-meter! Funny thing is the people I have got to know in this community seem far more real to me than most. For goodness sake of course we are real – we write about sex!
There may be a few things you can do to get rid of the ban; make sure that promotional Tweets and RT’s only make up about a third of your Twitter interaction. So lots of chit-chat and general Tweets about life; adding a phone number to your account may help; not following any actual robots – I unfollowed a few that were obvious bots; Limiting the amount of #groups you use in the Tweet; not putting out loads of naked photos – Damn!
It is also possible that if you simply carry on as before and change nothing, it will be lifted in due course.
Ban the shadow!
Click here for the Shadow Ban Checker
The experience of being Shadow banned has made me really think about my Twitter interaction. I do have a tendency to over think anyhow, so it was part of the course. Behaving in a certain way would probably mean you would never be subjected to a shadow ban. And I have altered the way I use twitter slightly in the hope they would be happier with my actions. I do rely on it to promote my blog, so I was desperate for the ban to be lifted.
However, a little warning bell did sound in my head and made me think about China and the fact the Chinese government want to award their citizens for what they think is good behaviour. If they watch government approved TV programs or eat/buy government approved products they will get points. These points can lead to privileges. Whereas a low score would revoke said privileges. Life becomes just like an interactive game. Read more about that here.
Sharing and Caring
On to the more important reason for this post – the sharing of our community erotic writing or images.
The first person I want to shout out to and share is the wonderful Sassy-Cat. The above photo was the image that first alerted me to her blog when it was featured on Elust some time ago.
Sassy’s blog is full of great posts, images and even podcasts. The post I am sharing was put out for KOTW last month and involves Cat getting tied up. It is particularly hot as in her own words she tells us, “I am not one to be tied up, restrained or confined” – it feels like we work through this whole episode with her.
Cock & Lace: A short by Understanding Flutterby
This poem just spoke to me. I do not hide the fact that I adore to see a man in a pair of ladies lacy knickers – this evokes a beautiful and strong image of just that. I found it on Wicked Wednesday this week, and have read it so many times already.
This Sinful Sunday image very much left an impression on me. The over exposure is great and there is also something very expressive and poignant abut it too.
Please take a look at the links above and spread the love …