I am finding it very hard to believe that Twitter placed a shadow ban on me again.
If my memory serves me correctly, this is probably my fourth shadow ban.
A Twitter shadow ban is when Twitter hides all of your Tweets from Twitter’s search results (No one from outside of your Twitter following is going to see your Tweets).
The first time that I was shadow banned I was worried.
The second time that I was shadow banned I was angry.
The third time that I was shadow banned I was really pissed.
This time around, I am like an emotionless observer.
How Did I Find Out That I Was Shadow Banned By Twitter?
Believe it or not, my intuition told me to check and see if I was shadow banned by Twitter; I entered my Twitter handle in the shadow ban tester and it confirmed that I was indeed shadow banned by Twitter.
As far as I am concerned, I did nothing wrong.
Earlier today, I retweeted the links to articles from SEO and blogging experts (It is something that I normally do).
What is wrong with sharing the links from others on Twitter?
I would have appreciated it if Twitter had suspended my account instead.
In my article, A Case Of Social Media Madness, I went into detail on some reasons why people were shadow banned by Twitter.
Why is Twitter trying to censor me?
My Tweets are not political.
Unfortunately, people with various political views have been shadow banned by Twitter.
I have Tweeted a lot of things that fall within the category of spirituality.
And, guess what?
Some people who have Tweeted things of a spiritual nature have been shadow banned by Twitter too!
Apparently, Twitter’s algorithm thought that I was worthy of being silenced.
Have you ever been shadow banned by Twitter before?
Twitter Is Testing My Patience
Come on Twitter, I forgave you for the unjust treatment that you placed upon me in the past and you have decided that I needed to be shadow banned again.
Guess what Twitter?
I dislike having my patience tested!
Twitter, you better be careful, because you really do not know who you are dealing with.
It is not mandatory for me to use Twitter to promote my blog posts; I used Twitter to promote my blog posts because I wanted to.
Now, I could not care if my Twitter account has been around since May 2011; I would delete it if I am convinced that it is not worth having.
Do you know that there are bloggers who do not have a Twitter account?
And, do you know that the blogs of those bloggers are doing fine without the help of Twitter?
Hey, I might as well utilise some Twitter alternatives.
Gab Is A Great Twitter Alternative
Gab has referred to itself as “The Free Speech Social Network.”
People who dislike being censored by the mainstream social networks (such as Facebook and Twitter) are usually the ones who gravitate towards Gab.
Gab’s user interface is very clean-looking; its users can read and write messages that are of 300 characters (Those messages are called, “gabs”).
The Gab social network was founded by Andrew Torba and Ekrem Büyükkaya in August 2016.
The number of Gab’s users are estimated to be around 465,000.
I joined Gab when I was shadow banned by Twitter for the third time.
To be most honest with you, I hardly use Gab (Maybe, I should make the effort to use it on a regular basis from now on).
Mastodon Is Another Wonderful Twitter Alternative
Mastodon is a free and open source social network; it has micro-blogging features that are similar to that of Twitter. It was created by Eugene Rochko in 2016.
Mastodon users have a 500-character limit; its messages are referred to as, “Toots.”
Mastodon is also free of advertisements.
The number of users on Mastodon are estimated to be a little under 1,000,000.
A lot of the hardcore Linux users are on Mastodon.
And, why is it that a lot of the hardcore Linux users are on Mastodon?
Because, those hardcore Linux users are highly supportive of free and open source projects.
I also have a Mastodon account (But, like Gab, I hardly use it).
The nice thing about Mastodon is that they are not prejudiced like Twitter.
Pinterest is a fabulous social network; it can be looked upon as a visual search engine.
Pinterest was founded by Ben Silbermann, Paul Sciarra and Evan Sharp in March 2010.
This popular social network has approximately 175,000,000 users.
Pinterest users “Pin” their images (which includes a description and a link back to the source of the images) to their “Boards” — a collection of “Pins” that are categorised by the Pinterest user.
A lot of bloggers have had lots of success with Pinterest.
I highly recommend that you read, How To Drive 3x More Traffic To Your Blog With Pinterest (2018) by Elna Cain (It would provide you with the knowledge on how to use this wonderful social network to your advantage).
I am proud to admit that I use Pinterest regularly; I always “Pin” the images from my blog on a special “Board” that was created for Renard’s World.
A lot of people have underestimated the true power of Pinterest.
The God’s/Goddess’ truth is that any blogger can increase the incoming traffic to their blog by using Pinterest correctly.
In my opinion, Pinterest is way better than Twitter.
Do you have a Pinterest account?
As you have learned, one does not necessarily have to rely on the services of Twitter. A blogger can promote their content on various other social networks.
And, I also left out Instagram because it is owned by Facebook.
I really dislike being shadow banned by Twitter for the fourth time.
If I was not a “Chief” of a “Tribe” on Triberr, I would have deleted my Twitter account without thinking twice about it (My Triberr account is interconnected with Twitter).
For the record, I no longer hold Twitter in high esteem (Twitter disgusts me).
I intend on looking at other places to promote my blog’s content.
And, it surely looks as though that I would have to rely on the incoming traffic from the WordPress.com Reader and from the organic search results from Google, Bing and Yandex.