I am working my through the Online Entrepreneurship Course and I am currently on Level 4. A few weeks ago I had created a new Twitter account specifically for my website. I tweeted one of my articles like the training says to do.

Today I was working on Level 4 Lessons 5 of the training. I logged back into the new account I created and I received a message saying my account was suspended. I'm not really sure why it was suspended, but I'm guessing it was a violation of their spam policy:

https://help.twitter.com/en/rules-and-policies/platform-mani...

"commercially-motivated spam, that typically aims to drive traffic or attention from a conversation on Twitter to accounts, websites, products, services, or initiatives;"

Isn't the whole purpose of social media is to share content? I guess Twitter wants the conversation to stay on Twitter so they can monetize it. I guess I can understand it.

It seems like Twitter regularly violoates its own policies.

I guess I won't be using Twitter for social media. I already didn't like Twitter for other reasons, but this really just completely turned me off from using it.

Did you have your Twitter account suspended just following the WA training?

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    LMH1968 Premium Plus
    I have never had my Twitter account suspended. I'm sure if you appeal you will get it back.
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    ThomasPaul Premium Plus
    I appealed it and we'll see what happens. I'm not holding my breath though.
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    YvonneBray Premium
    I’ve shared my posts on Twitter and so far I haven’t had a problem. I hope you get it resolved soon.
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    ThomasPaul Premium Plus
    Do you engage in discussions on Twitter as well or just share your posts?
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    YvonneBray Premium
    I share my posts but I haven’t engaged on all only a couple.
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    roysinOnline Premium
    I have had my Twitter account (s) suspended several times, due to unknown reasons. I hadn't dropped any links or promotional posts at all, and I even got suspended as I was setting one of the account up.

    I have gotten my suspensions lifted every time. It can happen quite fast and it can take some time, but don´t be discouraged.

    If it is a new Twitter account, be careful to start promoting immediately, and provide helpful tweets and engaging Tweets, and then in between post an affiliate link.

    Trish /Triblu) has explained it well below.

    Roy
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    ThomasPaul Premium Plus
    I really didn't think I was doing anything wrong. It wasn't even a review that I linked to on my website. It was just an information article.

    I asked two questions in the tweet, so it wasn't like I just dropped the link. It was a link to my website so it wasn't like I was spamming affiliate links either.

    If I get it back I guess I'll just search for keywords in my niche on Twitter and comment on people's tweets. It's kind of annoying getting my account suspended when I see other Twitter accounts for websites that are just posting links to their websites.
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    roysinOnline Premium
    I agree with you. The algoritmer that checks the social media platforms for unwanted behaviour is kind of sensitive. Especially with new accounts.
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    Denise462 Premium Plus
    I quit Twitter a while back, and it doesn't surprise me anymore. I used to believe "social media" meant just that, but now I think it is more like social engineering.
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    ThomasPaul Premium Plus
    I’m leaning towards that direction. Twitter and Facebook I don’t really care for. Facebook I keep for personal stuff, but I don’t really like to share my website stuff with my Facebook friends.

    I think Pinterest might be the only one I use going forward. I’ll use YouTube as well, but I don’t really classify it as social media.
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    Denise462 Premium Plus
    I like YouTube too; I hope it doesn't get "far-out" like the rest of them seem to be. I'm not sure about FB anymore; I don't care for some of the aspects of it for the same reasons. There is a lot of scamming lately that is also very concerning; it seems unmanaged. I am opting toward a business account if I stay on FB, and plan to use a pen name to keep my private life separate. I hope it all works out for you. :)
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    JJordie Premium Plus
    I really like the idea of a Pen Name. Sounds so Mysterious and Intriguing. I may use your idea myself. Thank you for the thought.
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    ThomasPaul Premium Plus
    Unfortunately, I've seen stuff about YouTube that leads me to think that they're headed in that direction.

    I've heard of them banning videos for violating "community guidelines", but they can tell you what the "community guidelines" are or what you violated.

    It really just seems like they want carte blanche to censor certain viewpoints while claiming to be promoting open discussion. However, I don't think they have gone as crazy as Facebook and Twitter.
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    Triblu Premium
    Hey Thomas,

    Don't let that discourage you from using Twitter.

    If you make it a habit to share helpful posts, cute videos and retweet others awesome posts, and respond to other's tweets, you will be fine.

    Offer great stuff and you will find that you can even share an affiliate link every now and again.

    However, Twitter accounts that only sell, sell, sell sooner or later get banned. That has been a standard from the get-go.

    PLUS, you can appeal your suspension: https://help.twitter.com/forms/general

    Hope you find this helpful.
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    ThomasPaul Premium Plus
    Thank you for that link. I guess I'll appeal it and see what they say.

    I looked at some merchant websites and they seem to just post stuff from their website onto Twitter. I'm not sure how me posting an article from my website is different than what they're doing.

    How would you recommend using Twitter for a website versus a personal account?

    I guess I can try to log into my personal account from years ago, but I think it might suffer the same fate.
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    BrianHiker Premium
    Three questions Thomas.
    1. What was the ratio of promo tweets to conversational and non-promo tweets?
    2. Did you follow others, retweet or join reply to other tweets?
    3. Did you not use the account for a while. Twitter emails you a nudge. If you don't reply in a decent time they will suspend you. But from what you stated I don't think that was the issue but have to ask to be sure.
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    Triblu Premium
    Hey Thomas,

    Personally, I use my personal account as I want to come across as being reachable by my clients. I find business accounts too cold most times to even bother following.

    Keep in mind that tweets are no different than the content you use to create posts. If they are not helpful to those you follow and you are not communicating with others on Twitter, then Twitter MAY assume you only want to sell their users and not help anyone.

    Hope this makes sense.
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    ThomasPaul Premium Plus
    Brian,

    1) What do you consider promo tweets? A link to an article on your website. If so, then it was 100% because the first thing I did was Tweet an article I wrote like the OEC Level 4 Lesson 2 says to do.

    2) No, I didn't follow others, retweet, or join reply to other tweets because I was following the training and it didn't mention doing that.

    3) My first tweet was on 5/10/21. I logged back in to the account today and found out my account was suspended. It's more than crappy that they'll suspend an account if it's not used for a while. However, I can't say I'm surprised or shocked.
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    ThomasPaul Premium Plus
    I can see how that is beneficial. Do you mainly just operate one website?

    It seems like it could be confusing for people if I only use a personal account for websites that are in completely different niches.

    I don't think people in one niche would really care to see discussions from me about stuff in another niche.

    It kind of makes sense. I guess I'll have to interact with people instead of just sharing content from my website. However, the OEC training doesn't mention interacting with people.

    In Level 4 Lesson 1 Kyle mentions you can follow his account if you want and in Level 4 Lesson 2 he says to tweet out an article you wrote.

    It seems like the training has bad advice given my current circumstance.
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    Triblu Premium
    With my wide variety of interests, I figure my posts shared will server a wider audience than if I split my time into may different Twitter accounts.

    Plus I have only so much time in a day, and yes, I own and create content for MORE than one website... plus weekly videos now too.

    I've chatted on Twitter about genealogy (family history researching), personal issues, MMO, and marketing for local businesses... and I LOVE sharing awesome discoveries like finds from digs, be they lost human cities or dinosaur grave yards.

    It can be fun to meet new people on Twitter.

    Do I bore my followers? Well, if I do they can always unfollow me.

    The only topics I skirt around is politics and religion, simply because we all have our own opinions and I try to bit my tongue when I find disagreeable posts.

    Nasty posts I block simply because I've got no time for them.

    Social media is called social media for a reason... we're supposed to be sociable.

    And yes, Kyle has kept the training on Twitter brief, but there are other tutorials shared by members here on WA, so DO search on whatever topic you want to learn more about.

    Twitter is a very tiny piece of marketing online.

    See screen print below...
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    ThomasPaul Premium Plus
    Trish, thank you for all of your comments and sharing your experience.

    That makes sense to have one account with a large following, than trying to duplicate efforts and having multiple accounts with smaller followings.

    You definitely have given me a lot to think about.
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