I've been on the road for a few days, and hadn't logged into my Facebook account for that period, and in fact for some time before that. So, imagine my surprise when I logged in this morning and found the following:
Please Read This!Warning! Your account could be disabled.
There is no further indication of what I did or in what way it is objectional, though clicking to the FAQ page reveals that I was apparently abusive at the rate at which I used some feature. Since I hadn't used Facebook at all, and it is the NOTES feature I am accused of abusing, I can only surmise that some interaction from my blog feed into my Facebook notes must account for it, and since I don't post enough, perhaps it is my twittering to my blog that has triggered this? Any insight that my allegedly abused 'friends' on Facebook might care to share would be welcome, though, I gotta say... there just isn't enough there there to care. So, send me mail, or call, or post a note to CraigsList, cuz I don't think I'm welcome back in FaceVille. Auvoir, mon ami!
I do think its interesting that in a so-called Social Software environment, my 'privileges' can be withdrawn without explaining why, without explicating limits, without an indication of the duration ... without anything at all other than I have in a way unknown to me violated a limit that cannot be made known to me for and that I am timed out for a duration that will not be made known to me. Sounds pretty antisocial to me.
I have to say, I feel a swelling in my breast at the notion that I have become, with so little effort, a pariah, an outcast, a dangerous desperado... lo... a SPAMMER! on the world's fastest growing social networking system. (An entrepreneurial opportunity, perchance? FaceSlap! When you're too marginal for polite company on the hottest advertising platform of the year.) How will I get along without ads for the Seattle Personals???
I feel special!
Transcript of my 'citation' follows.
Warning - Blocked from Using Feature
-----Facebook has determined that you were using a feature at a rate that is likely to be abusive. Before you were blocked, you were given a warning to slow down your use of this feature. For example, if you were blocked from sending friend requests, then we determined that you were adding new friends too quickly. Please be aware that further abuse of such features can result in your account being permanently disabled and removed from the site entirely.Facebook has limits in place to prevent abuse of our features and to protect users from potential spam.Unfortunately, Facebook cannot provide any specifics on the rate limits that we enforce. Please know, however, that the speed at which you are acting and the sheer number of actions you have made are both taken into account.The duration of the block varies depending on the nature of the offense, ranging from a few hours to a few days. When the block is over, please proceed with your site activity at a slower rate so as to avoid hitting another block or having your account disabled.
Facebook will not lift this block for you until the entire penalty time has elapsed.
Don't you just KNOW this guy sees right to who I really am???