February 12, 2014

What is Twitter Jail?

Twitter Jail

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On Monday, I purposefully didn’t tweet much during the day. Besides the fact that I had errands to run and a lunch meeting with someone, I knew that I needed to reserve my tweets for the #ConferenceNewbie¬† Wilsonart Twitter party that night. After all, I had heard of the urban legend known as “getting put into Twitter Jail” and didn’t want that to happen.

It didn’t seem to make any difference though because 3/4 of the way through the hour-long party, I found myself visiting Twitter Jail. Unfortunately, I didn’t realize I had arrived there until I started seeing tweets like:

“Uh-oh! Where’s @unxperiencedmom?”

“Do we have a missing hostess?”

“I think she’s in Twitter Jail!”

I had continued to tweet and was oblivious to the fact that none of my tweets were actually showing up! Then a few of my friends, who were present at the party, started messaging me on Skype asking if I was okay and where I had gone. My answer was, “I don’t know! Tell them to ask Wilsonart any questions about their designer and durable countertops!”

I tried to log-on to an alternate Twitter account, but apparently had the wrong password because I was unable to do so. Frantically realizing it was time to wrap up the party, pick the Type-A Mom (Parent) Conference ticket* winner, and thank the sponsor, Wilsonart, I created a new Twitter account on the fly: @BlogConfNewbie.

Once I got back on and people could see my tweets, I picked our ticket winner using Random.org (@MultipleMoments) and wrapped up the party, apologizing for my disappearing act.

As I reviewed the tweets I had missed, I saw so many saying that they had never even heard of Twitter Jail and wondered how one gets put into it. So I’m going to share some Twitter Jail resources with you all so you don’t find yourself in a holding pattern like I did!

Twitter Jail 101

  • The “Tweet County Jail” Twitter account, which encourages you to share your Twitter Jail stories. (#StopTwitterJail)

  • A Twitter user’s thoughts on Twitter Jail
  • The jury is still out on the official length of time the jail sentence lasts and whether it applies to both @ and DM’s. Mine lasted an hour, but some have noted theirs lasting longer. I was able to DM still, but others are not.

So there you have it; a stay out of jail guide. Just like I imagine offline jail to be, it’s quite isolating to suddenly not be able to respond to anyone. This is especially true when you are the hostess of a Twitter Party and get sent there!

Sound off:

Have you ever been sent to Twitter Jail?

**Originally published 4/22/10

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  1. Megan says:

    I was at the party…and we were all like, “UMMMM, Tamara?”

    I had never heard of Twitter jail before.

    And… honestly… I never want to go there.

    Can I pass go & collect $200 instead?

  2. Sarah Mae says:

    Had no clue about this! Thank you so much for sharing…especially since I have a Twitter party happening tomorrow night!

    Weird though, because I must have posted a million tweets the other day for my earring promotion…I don’t think I was in Twitter jail!

    • Admin says:

      See, that’s the thing. I KNOW I’ve tweeted more than that, specifically the day of my first Twitter party. But I guess because of the hour-limit thing, that you can only have 100 an hour, I got lucky last time and didn’t actually hit 100. Probably hit 99 though! ;-)

  3. Ashley says:

    I got sent to Twitter Jail at my first Twitter Party (#savvyblogging). Thankfully, it was towards the end of the party, but it was still a bummer!

    • Admin says:

      Yeah, it’s not fun, is it? I am also glad this happened at the end of the party versus in the beginning or middle. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Bay says:

    I was one of those concerned Skyping party-goers ;) I didn’t realize the limit was 100 tweets in an hour; I’m sure that flies right by when you’re the hostess of a party.
    Glad that it all worked out in the end :)
    <3 Bay

    • Admin says:

      Haha! Thanks for sending out the search party and helping to hold down the fort. Reading the tweets after the party was quite funny actually!

  5. Heidi says:

    This was my 3rd Twitter party that I helped organize and the first time I’ve ever heard of Twitter Jail! Glad to see you made it out okay…we were ready to try and bail you out!

    • Admin says:

      Glad you were there to witness it then Heidi! ;-) And thanks for holding down the fort with a few others while I went MIA.

  6. liz says:

    No, I haven’t, and I hadn’t heard of it until just now.

    • Admin says:

      Glad I could make you aware of Twitter Jail. Real thing, but of course, most won’t ever be sent there. ;-) Thanks for stopping by!

  7. I’ve never been sent to twitter jail and had no idea what it was, but I wanted to bail you out! :)

  8. OMG! I can’t believe this. I feel like twitter jail is such an injustice. I feel like calling Martin Luther King or somebody to stage a boycott. This is ridiculous. I’m going to read up on this.

  9. Alicia says:

    I’m still learning the ropes of Twitter and Twitter jail is a term I haven’t heard before! Can’t imagine tweeting that much yet (@mommyinsider – 1,000 & @atlmoms 120+ followers) but am sure I’ll get there soon. All the more reason to get an iPad right?

    • Admin says:

      Haha – maybe so (about the iPad!). Yeah, I think the issue was I over-tweeted within the hour versus the day. I KNOW I couldn’t tweet that much since I don’t sit at the computer all day long every day. Thanks for stopping by!

  10. Elmer says:

    I’d heard tell of twitter jail, but never known anyone to actually be sent there. It was certainly a surprise when you suddenly disappeared from the party. Setting up a new account and jumping back in there was a great idea – well done.

    I can certainly understand the reasoning behind it, which I’m sure is to help prevent spam on twitter. Having two accounts at the ready might be a good solution to help work around this issue for others who host twitter parties.

    • Admin says:

      Thanks so much for stopping by and for attending the Twitter party! I admit I was surprised when it happened to me, but apparently it wasn’t an issue of my daily tweets, but rather, reaching the hourly tweet limit. Since I couldn’t get into my alternate account, glad I created a new one that I will have right there should the need arise again! Thanks for the kind words. ;-)

  11. I linked to your post in my article on How To Participate In a Twitter Party here, http://momof2boyswifeof1.blogspot.com/2010/04/twitter-tutorial-how-to-participate-in.html Hope you do not mind.

  12. Nicole says:

    Never heard of it before either. But I can see why if that is the reason for being put in Twitter jail.

    • Admin says:

      I agree – Twitter Jail is really a good thing, but was unfortunate it happened to me when it did. Learning experience! Thanks for stopping by…. ;-)

  13. Oh my this is a new one! It’s just like you to think fast. YOu are like a cat that always lands on your feet.

    I don’t think I’ll be visiting jail soon. I don’t even think I’ve sent 1,000 tweets in 5 months of joining. :)

  14. taylor says:

    well twitter jail is supposed to kinda help the system, because twitter is becoming overcrowded, also becareful about twitter jail because your time there can last to like 5 hours!.

    • (Un)Experienced Mom says:

      I agree. There is no real rhyme or reason with Twitter jail – been in it twice after Twitter parties and both times were different time periods of length.

  15. Lindsay Ann says:

    I have never heard of Twitter Jail until now!

    Thanks for the fabulous post!


    • UnexperiencedMom says:

      Sure is a real thing – lonely place too because you’re never quite sure when you’ll be released. ;-)

  16. Ann says:

    Got twitterjailed yesterday. Twitter kept saying me I had reached my maximun amount of tweets for the day (which couldn’t be correct because I had approximately 300 that day).

  17. LaTonya says:

    That is all kinds of CRAZY! I have “heard” of Twitter Jail, but never anyone that really experienced it! My students tell me, I tweet a lot, and I’ve been considering to start a new Twitter account for my media tweets, expecially for when I’m working on a project.

    I’ve never actually kept up with how many times I tweet in a day. That would be interesting to know.

    Stay out of Twitter Jail!

  18. traci says:

    Holy cow! 300 tweets a day? 1,000? Why would that ever be necessary? I’m not trying to be rude, I seriously am asking – what on earth is that for?????

    • UnexperiencedMom says:

      Who knows! I know for sure when I got put into Twitter Jail, I hadn’t tweeted NEARLY that much! Which is why I don’t believe the “rules” are hard and fast ;-)

  19. Kierra says:

    I absolutely hate twitter jail! It makes no sense whatsoever!! I admit I tweet alot! But why put a limit on it??? Useless I tell you!


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