There’s been a lot of talk again about users being shadowbanned on Twitter or looking to find if they are.
I feel – the sad truth is – if you are a sexworker or post otherwise adult content… assume you likely are, or will be, shadowbanned at some point.
I guess first questions are
– what is a shadowban?
– what causes a shadowban?
– how can I find if I am shadowbanned?
– what are the consequences of it?
Different Types of Shadow Ban
There are different types of shadow ban
Search Suggestion Ban
This type of ban causes an account to not populate search suggestions and people search results when it is searched for while being logged out. Twitter seems to take tie strength or a similar metric into account. While an account may be suggested to users you are strongly tied to, it may not be shown to others.
This type of ban causes your tweets to be hidden from the search results entirely, no matter whether the quality filter is turned on or off. This behaviour includes hashtags as well. This type of ban seems to be temporally limited for active accounts.
This is what is referred to as conventional shadowban as well. It comprises a search ban while threads are completely ripped apart by hiding reply tweets of the affected user to others. Everything will look perfectly normal to the affected user but many others will not be able to see reply tweets of the affected user at all. Reasons for this ban include behaviour like excessive tweeting or following. Again, this type of ban seems to be temporally limited for active accounts.
What causes a shadow ban?
There seems to be shadowbans linked to certain keywords, frequent posts or content. Sex workers all seem to be on the Search Suggestion ban. Some of this may also be linked to following a lot of people in a short space of time, as algorithms pick you up as a bot.
How do I find if I’m shadowbanned?
To find if you are shadowbanned – simply visit shadowban.eu and insert your username. The site will show what bans it feels you are currently on.
What are the consequences of being shadowbanned?
The result simply is that you become harder to find. You no longer show in strangers feeds because a mutual follower ‘loves’ your post.
You don’t show in the “recommended” section for others to follow.
You’re difficult to be found when people use certain keywords.
It seems of course to be a “the bigger you are” kind of problem as well, with many people finding their follower count is stagnating.
Possibly even reducing, if Twitter purges bots or inactive accounts.
Whilst having 20,000 followers with 200 of “value” (interact/purchase content/etc) is no different to 15,000 or 25,000 followers if only 200 are of “value” – it still has to be disheartening dropping or sticking.
There’s also, over time, if this 200 of value drops – you need to replace those.
New users are considerably more affected. If you’re someone with several thousand followers then it’s not to say you didn’t earn them, but you benefited from a lot of this before some of the crackdown. I’m adding in usernames of fairly new comers who find themselves on search suggestion bans.
Whilst we are not duty bound to help newcomers – acknowledging an added disadvantage they face is important. Also, if you are a newcomer, being aware that getting a follower count up is going to be harder – and, of course, don’t be disheartened looking at people with tens of thousands of followers if you’re stuck on a lower number.
So, what can be done about it?
EGGS IN BASKETS
I love talking about eggs in baskets. But, simply, don’t rely solely on one platform that could, frankly, ban us all at any time.
Though, working out what other channels bring value is tricky especially as followers have their own preferred avenues.
But, always consider other options.
Interacting in conversations, sex-worker follow trains, or generally interacting with others keeps you active and draws others to you.
This of course is time consuming – so it is a case of managing your time on where your energies are best focused.
I think I see a lot of Mistress’ ask their subs to retweet them.
This doesn’t always bring the value it seems.
If you are Mistress Yvonne – and you are retweeted by Mistress Yvonne’s sissy bitch – then, who follows your sub? People who are already interested in you.
Of course there are other benefits to sub accounts (posting content on your behalf when you’re busy)
Equally, there’s a lot of retweet “promo” accounts which… umm… aren’t. Who actually *follows* the retweet accounts? It might look like 17,000 people – but are these just other people who want to be retweeted who’ve probably muted them anyway (or, my favourite “hide retweets”) so it’s fairly negligible how much benefit these bring.
There’s more benefit in being retweeted by others with a good following. This could be other Dominants/Mistresses or it could be some of the ‘community subs’ who have their own twitters, own “following”, etc.
And, one of the best ways to be retweeted by them… retweet THEM. If they’ve posted something you like, retweet them, interact with them, talk to them.
Have content up they want to share.
It means you’re not being shared to just people who already like you – and this is a favour you can return.
A somewhat controversial but interesting one. You don’t actually need to go straight for the biggest tree in the forrest. Anyone who has followers that you don’t have – work with them, get your picture with them, do a clip or event or project together.
Obviously this is easy if it’s someone you already know, or are friends with, you can work together. But, look at other options also.
FIND OTHER WAYS TO ADVERTISE YOUR HANDLE
If people can’t find you via Twitter, can they find Twitter via you? Include your handle on your website, on your clip store, on any directories you use. If someone is doing a write-up or interview on you, get them to include your Twitter as well as you website.
A bit of a work around… if you start to buy advertisement on Twitter, but don’t actually go through with the purchase, it at least verifies you’re a real person and seems to temporarily lift the shadow ban – this makes it a little easier to be found again.
And for the guys/subs/fans – it costs nothing to do some of the above also – retweet/like/interact (respectfully) to help boost those whose content should be seen by more.
And, y’know, remember – while it’s good to follow amazing Ladies… look at your peer group. Befriending other subs is other people to promote people you like to.
I won’t say times are “hard” but some factors make all of our lives tougher.
Let’s all help each other out, where we can. Just makes things a little less difficult.