Well, a week and a half after Twitter arbitrarily suspended my account without warning or notice, I finally got an e-mail announcing they had reinstated my account and a short explanation of why it was suspended in the first place. It looks like everyone was right and it was a complaint of harassment by some unnamed person, but I think we can be sure it was Surly Amy, Ophelia Benson or one of their sycophants. I responded, saying I had never sought out anyone who had not posted to a public hashtag and their own system, when you respond to a tweet, automatically sends it to the individual who treated it, therefore they simply could not make any case of harassment against me, I was just using their system as they wrote it. I rather doubt I’ll ever see a response.
That said though, in the intervening time, I uninstalled all of the Twitter-related plugins from the blog, deleted all of the Twitter clients from my various computers and tablets and pretty much walked away from the entire concept. It doesn’t help that, in my post about the purpose of Twitter, pretty much nobody could come up with a way to make the experience more worthwhile.
So my question is, do I go back to the account, probably not being all that active because I know that saying the wrong thing to the wrong person, who can complain and be taken seriously whether the complaint has any validity or not, can result in a permanent deletion of my account, or do I just let it fade into oblivion? On the one hand, I hate to fail at anything and I view being chased out of Twitter of anything but my own volition as a failure. On the other, what’s the point of doing something that you’re not getting any significant benefit out of?
And so, dear readers, I leave it up to you. Either in comment or in e-mail, let me know what you think I should do and why so I can make an informed decision.