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Found FANTASTIC Must Read Re “5 Things That Piss Me Off About People Who’ve Never Been Poor” by Tracy Moore

While doing one of my favorite things, tweeting, I ran across a wonderful, funny, very touching article that was so much more than the title indicated that I wanted to share it here on my blog. The author’s descriptions of the very common offenses committed by those who have never been poor are hilarious and yet heartbreaking and true all at the same time! And, you will thoroughly enjoy the author’s blunt, yet tactful, responses to the offenses! Hope you get a chance to read this one! 🙂

Just in case the link does not work, here is the url: http://www.alternet.org/economy/5-things-piss-me-about-people-whove-never-known-what-its-be-poor

How I Got Involved with @UniteBlue & Why I Wholeheartedly Support It & @140elect!

No one can prevent RWNJ spamming tricks or guarantee a tweeter won’t be targeted by them and suspended; but, the Twitter system DOES make newcomers with low follower numbers much more susceptible to dirty tricksI know because I WAS targeted and suspended more than once when I was new to Twitter and had low follower numbers!  High follower numbers will NOT prevent one from being suspended; it happens all the time, but low numbers definitely puts one at risk.  One of my unjustified suspensions came on the DAY of the Wisconsin recall election; I had been actively tweeting in support of the recall and encouraging people to go to the polls and vote! (See details on my blog BewareTheBelievers.com)  Many of my followers were suspended during the lead up to the November 2012 election and afterwards.  During that time, I regularly received DMs informing me of liberals’ suspensions due to RWNJ dirty tricks.

After my Wisconsin suspension, I searched the internet for details on Twitter dirty-trick suspensions and what Twitter was or could do to stop.  I was very disappointed to find that Twitter was TRYING to do something; but, thus far, was not up to the tech challenge!  I began asking suspended tweeters questions about their tweets immediately prior to the suspension and the Twitter names of RWNJs involved.  I began keeping a list of names in hopes of finding out who was organizing the dirty tricks and finding a way to stop them.

At the same time, I was trying to develop a method to help liberals avoid spam attacks, especially newcomers, and to find a way to distribute information to them on how to tweet smart with unknown tweeters to avoid unjustified suspensions.  I was using a method that appeared to work and was telling as many tweeters as I could through DM (Twitter direct message); but I discovered that ZachGreen@140elect & others were using a similar process.  AND, Zach’s was a notch better and easier than mine! 🙂  So, I began telling tweeters about his method through Twitter DM but that’s a slow and inefficient process!  @UniteBlue solved that problem!  Thousands of liberals can now be notified/updated immediately when RWNJs change their tactics; and, through @UniteBlue, methods for responding can also be instantly communicated!

I first discovered @UniteBlue in November, 2012; I was ecstatic about its possibilities and immediately joined.  Unfortunately, I was off Twitter for most of January and February.  When I returned I was amazed at the lightening-speed growth of the site and ALL the added features to help liberals/progressives/Dems/lean lefties organize!  But, I was also furious about all the attacks on Zach and the @UniteBlue site!  Zach was actively involved and tirelessly supported ALL my Twitter November 2012 election and “get out the vote efforts”!  He was very influential in a couple of my tweetbombs actually trending!  He worked tirelessly in all our liberal efforts and started numerous, very successful tweetbombs for liberal causes and supported them fully.

I found out about #UniteBlue when I checked Zach’s profile, as I usually do with all my followers but more so on the very active, like-minded ones. 🙂  Until that time, all I knew about Zach was that he was someone I followed on Twitter who followed me back and I loved  his passion, style, and support! 🙂   During all our mutual work on tweetbombs, Zach was NOT hawking or trying to sell me anything!  When I checked his profile, I clicked on his url and the @UniteBlue world was opened for me!  There were links to ZachGreen@140elect and as much detailed information provided for background as I have seen on any site I’ve ever visited!  I was so happy that Zach had created a way to not only help us all to avoid unjustified suspensions but had developed a very robust way for us to organize our Twitter efforts!

I have no doubt that Zach’s creating @UniteBlue will be one of the most  important events to help liberal causes in years to come.  The @UniteBlue Twibbon for Twitter (http://twibbon.com/support/uniteblue/twitter)  has contributed enormously to the lightening-speed growth of connected liberals.  With the current state of politics, we are on the edge of MAJOR change.  We’ve re-elected POTUS with huge popular numbers; but, the GOP through gerrymandering maintains political power in congress.  We can allow the GOP to distract and gain voters with their shiny objects of “true intelligent conservatism” while they actually pass offensive anti-immigration, anti-women, anti-gay, anti-LIBERAL laws OR we can use @UniteBlue’s extremely efficient, well-designed method to connect and communicate to get the political power we so desperately need.  I WHOLEHEARTEDLY choose to support @UniteBlue and hope you will do the same! 🙂

 

For details on my Twitter suspension on the Wisconsin recall vote day please see my blog post: How @UniteBlue Will HELP Stop RWNJ Dirty Tricks Suspending Liberals!

How @UniteBlue Will HELP Stop RWNJ Dirty Tricks Suspending Liberals!

One of my unjustified Twitter suspensions came on the day of the Wisconsin recall election!  I was somewhat new to Twitter.  Don’t remember my exact followers number but was below 1,000.  I had been very actively tweeting for Walker’s recall and encouraging people in Wisconsin to go to the polls and vote.  My activity had attracted RWNJs like bees on honey (I’m trying to clean up my language for the faint of heart. LMAO  I wasn’t really concerned about my response tweets to them and had no idea I had wondered into the truly evil, conniving side of the RWNJ movement that uses abhorrent methods to squash the free speech they so loudly proclaim to want to protect!

I was stunned and absolutely furious when I tried to sign in to Twitter the morning of the Wisconsin vote only to find I had been suspended!  The reason Twitter gave was that I had broken the rules, no spamming allowed; and, IF I would agree to stop my illegal behavior, my account would be reinstated!  There were NO other options given and I was shocked that the only option was basically to ADMIT I was guilty of breaking the rules!  I wrote several emails to Twitter support asking for specific examples of my tweets that broke the rules.  Long story, but my account was reinstated the NEXT DAY, too late for the Wisconsin election “get out the vote’ effort!

Since that time, many of my followers have let me know about other numerous unjustified liberal suspensions.  Twitter is making a valiant effort to prevent unjustified suspensions but have been unable to keep up with the tactics used by the RWNJs. @UniteBlue cannot guarantee liberals won’t be suspended BUT when you join the group of connected liberals/progressives/Dems/lean lefties, your follower numbers will go up.  High follower numbers will NOT guarantee that you will not be the target of an unjustified suspension because tweeters with high follower numbers are suspended all the time.  BUT having a low number of followers definitely puts you at risk for an unjustified RWNJ dirty trick of reporting your account for spamming.  Just think about it; if you have below 500 followers and on any one day numerous accounts report you for spamming, the system may check some things but it’s more than likely going to suspend you and you’ll get the auto letter I received!  But, if you have a much higher number of followers, and numerous accounts report you for spamming, the system is less likely to think the reports are true.  It’s a computer system! It goes by the numbers!

Also, @UniteBlue makes it easier for liberals to distribute information about how to tweet smart with unknown or suspicious tweeters like putting a “period” before their @ name.  The Twitter system considers spam to be sending numerous tweets to numerous @ names (it’s actually much more detailed but won’t go into here); but a “period” before the @ name makes it “about” the tweeter not “to” that tweeter.  So, when system checks, it won’t find those spam tweets you’ve been unfairly reported for sending!  You can gossip “about” a tweeter! 🙂  There are also tips on tweeting on the site such as don’t engage with RWNJs; but, sometimes, I need entertainment and will, as I’m sure do other liberals. 🙂  Tweeting only to those who agree with me is wonderful; but, if we want to get information out to the low-info voter we must engage them as some point.  But, I have begun to limit my RWNJ responses to two tweets and then I block them so I’m not tempted to feed my addiction! 🙂

@UniteBlue also is a fantastic site to stay up-to-date on liberal causes and to connect with some amazing  tweeters!  I wandered in Twitter wasteland for way too long, connecting with other like-minded liberals but at a very slow pace.  I have found so many intelligent, highly informative, and hilariously entertaining liberal tweeps during the last two weeks that I’m actually stunned and overwhelmed.  But I MUCH prefer stunned/overwhelmed to wandering in the wasteland! 🙂  The @UniteBlue Twitter Twibbon (the blue double D on Twitter avatars; you can get it at http://twibbon.com/support/uniteblue/twitter) has enabled the lightening-speed growth of this group and our political power/voice grows with each new member!

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