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Discussion on: My experience being suspended on Twitter

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Mitch Stanley Author

Thanks for reading!

As a piece of advice though, I would avoid using twitter as anything close to a primary source of contact for yourself or your projects from now on.

It's unfortunate but I feel the target audience for my interests (both in and out of programming) tend to be largely on Twitter.

So be careful, and maybe pick a new platform to be your home, and only use twitter as a marketing platform instead of a content and contacts one.

I'm considering Mastodon at the moment as a Twitter alternative, but I'm finding it a bit trickier to find people to follow. I'm also going to post more stuff on my own blog, and maybe here on dev.to.

Circumventing account suspension by creating another account is ALSO against their TOS, which means any account you create from now on could be killed randomly at any time if either they're automated systems identify you, or you get reported.

I did not know that—I suppose there is not much I can do about it unless I escalate and ask them for a warning instead. Thanks for the info!

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Brandin Chiu

I personally prefer Medium as a content platform to Twitter. It gives you less options to have an active conversation with your followers, but is a way better tool for providing content to them.

Dev.to is similar.

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Mitch Stanley Author

The main issue that prevents me from using Medium is how bloated it feels as a guest trying to read an article. Being forced to create an account after reading x articles, popups to sign in with OAuth etc. It feels very intrusive and frustrating to me.

It may give good tooling for providing content to followers, but to be honest the experience I get as a guest has prevented me from giving it a chance.

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Brandin Chiu

You've described the same barriers to entry that both Twitter and Dev have as well.

Any other social network will also have intrusive popups and notifications to try and get you to register (which is required to interact anyway).

Oauth makes that process as seamless as it can be. Anyone already coming from Twitter will be able to log in the same way they would if their Twitter session expired.

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Mitch Stanley Author

It's true Twitter has a similar experience as a guest, as does Facebook. I would disagree on Dev.to, though. Viewing an article as a guest on Dev.to is quite pleasant. The article loads fast and there's no obstructing of text with "Sign Up to view more" pop up modals, etc.

That said, I think I will sign up for Medium and have a look around and see if it's a better experience. I'll try crossposting to there as well.

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Brandin Chiu

I believe the "you have x more views available today" on medium is specifically for their paid content, meaning the content writer has opted-into this barrier.

Regular articles (most of the content) should not prompt users like this.