You’ll have to excuse me if I don’t post on your Facebook pages for the next couple of weeks! I’m in Facebook Jail and there’s little probability of parole!
My Facebook offense?
I recently joined the Social Fabric / Collective Bias community and was encouraged to find and follow others on Social Media to build up my following. Bloggers had listed their Facebook profiles and/or pages on a Linky List so everyone on the list wanted to be followed and knew that the others on the list would expect some return following love. Unfortunately, whoever set up the linky (not naming names) left the default time of one week. So while the linky had a few hundred entries for me to follow … I couldn’t add my info.
While I know that it is generally bad form to request a return follow, I felt that in this case it would be acceptable. Part of the benefit of Collective Bias is the supportive community. And my numbers need a boost! So I went through the list, liking pages as I went, leaving a brief message, on each page, that I was a new cbias member following from the linky and would love it if they would like my Facebook page in return. To make it easy for them to find me … I left a link.
I’m not sure how many of those I had made it through when Facebook first informed me that I had been “accused of posting SPAM,” maybe 25. Honestly I don’t think anyone actually complained. Especially since, in my experience, Facebook seldom responds to complaints! I thought it was simply that I was posting the same thing over and over. So … I changed it up.
At about 35 page likes, Facebook threw me in jail and advised me that I would not be allowed to comment on pages for the next 15 days (penalty for SPAM). And if I resume my spammy behavior when I am released … my account could be deleted without further warning.
Sigh. I did write to Facebook Support to explain the situation and provided them the url of the linky. Proof that these pages had volunteered for this contact. Got an automated email response that while they appreciate my feedback, there is not a department that covers this complaint. Gee thanks!
The moral of this cautionary tale?
If Facebook warns you that some activity could be considered SPAM (even though you know it’s not) …
just stop! Take a day, or a few days off, before proceeding!
Any activity that you do repeatedly, on Facebook, is prone to be defined as SPAM, and land you in jail … or worse! Since my unfortunate incarceration, I have heard stories of people thrown in Facebook jail for requesting too many friends, liking too many pages, sending too many game requests (okay … that might BE spam), poking too many people, etc. Just … do yourself a favor and err on the side of caution!
Facebook doesn’t care about the individual user! They have proven this to us repeatedly. This is just one more evidence. I have had occasion to contact Facebook “Help” on multiple issues and have never once received any actual assistance!
And a final one for those of you who have Facebook pages. You should always have a back door into your FB page! Make a spouse, sibling, or friend, that you trust, an admin for your Facebook page. That way if Facebook ever does decide to delete your profile … you can get back to your page and re-add yourself as an Admin with your new (assuming you still want one) profile. Big thanks to Kim Logan for this tip. But whatever you do … don’t spam her!
I’m linking this post to Oklahoma Women Bloggers April Celebration # 1 – Rubber Eraser Day