*UPDATE TO THIS POST. (3-10-09)
FYI – for those of you that read this blog via Facebook. You may have noticed that I’ve completely vanished from Facebook without a trace. Well, it’s not that I removed you from my friends or anything else! Apparently Facebook’s computerized security bots decided that I had too much activity on my account (I have over 2500 friends and use the site quite a bit) so somehow it flagged me and automatically disabled me. No warning at all.
They don’t even check to see if I was doing anything wrong. They just disabled me. One quick look at my profile would quite obviously reveal that I wasn’t doing anything inappropriate – I was just simply using their product!
I’ve sent a number of appeals to them and have not gotten anything in return. And I’m finding that this is, unfortunately, an increasingly common story for a lot of avid Facebook users. So I’m not sure if I’ll ever get my account back. However, I know Facebook is short staffed (on humans) and it’s still Monday (this happened over the weekend). I’m still a little hopeful, anyway.
In a way, it’s been a bit of a relief as I’ve had the realization over the weekend that there is indeed life outside of Facebook. :-)
However, the flockNote Facebook Application runs from my account (it’s throwing errors now) and I have a number of other professional and personal relationships on there that are very important to me. So I’d appreciate it if they gave it back! Time will tell.
I also got to interact and talk with many of you on there as well since it was a very convenient way to do so. I hope we can do so again in the near future. If you feel so inspired – you can send a quick email to firstname.lastname@example.org for me to just simply ask them to re-enable Matthew Warner’s account. Maybe that will get their attention.
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