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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
- Urban Dictionary’s Definition of “Twitter Jail”:
Twitter Jail is no tweeting if you’ve reached the limit of 100 tweets per hour/1000 per day.
- 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!
Have you ever been sent to Twitter Jail?
**Originally published 4/22/10
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