As I’m sure you read on my blog or elsewhere on the web, Facebook had suspended my account.
After sending a few emails and having some friends with contacts at Facebook work on my behalf, my account has been reinstated.
Here is the email I received from them…
Facebook has limits in place to prevent behavior that other users may find annoying or abusive. These limits restrict the rate at which you can use certain features on the site, including the message feature. Unfortunately, we cannot provide you with the specific rates that have been deemed abusive.
Your account was disabled because you exceeded Facebook’s limits on multiple occasions, despite having been warned to slow down. However, after reviewing your situation, we have reconfirmed your account and you should now be able to access it again.
Please be aware that if your account is disabled again, we will not be able to reactivate it. While using the message feature, keep in mind that it’s possible to run into a block based on how many messages you send and how fast you send them. It’s also possible to be blocked when either starting a new message thread or replying to a message. Lastly, deleting old messages will not allow you to send more messages. When you are allowed to resume using the message feature, please proceed with caution to avoid hitting the limit again. Let me know if you have further questions.
Thank you for your cooperation,
In other words,
“Our system is screwed up and we don’t know how to separate the spammers from the legitimate users.
Don’t use our system to mail people who are mailing you or we’ll permanently delete your account.
We will also come to your house and take your computer. After all, we know where you live.
And you can never go to Disneyworld again. No, not even dressed as Mickey Mouse.
All your data are belong to us. Ha. ha. ha.”
But seriously, I am back on Facebook.
It appears there was even a group created to rescue me from Facebook Purgatory.
Special thanks to Robert Scoble for the piece he wrote on my situation.
I knew my account would get reinstated, though this happened quickly. I’m pleased.
Several of my blog admonished me for putting eggs in the Facebook basket. Believe me, I could totally live without the site. Honestly, I didn’t sweat it. I just saw this as an opportunity to bring attention to a broken system badly in need of repair.
Thanks to all who supported me on my blog and in your tweets.
You were with me in my darkest hour. I am now a free man.
NOTE! I noticed that many people are posting comments asking me to help you get your Facebook account back. I can NOT help you with this. I’m sorry, but there is absolutely nothing I can do to help you.