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A serious question. In the last year or so I've contacted four people who I thought of as friends but who had blocked me on Twitter, sending grovelling and apologetic messages apologising for whatever I might have done to offend them - and in each case received a puzzled response saying that they had no idea how it happened and it was entirely unintentional.

There is no obvious pattern - one was a family member, one a science fiction friend, one an Eastern European politician and the last an EU official working on Africa.

I'm not claiming that there is anything more to this than human error, but I'd be interested to know if anyone else reading this discovers that they have blocked me - @nwbrux - or indeed vice versa.

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bopeepsheep
Apr. 11th, 2016 02:05 pm (UTC)
Apparently I have you blocked. Not that I use Twitter any more anyway, but I have no idea when that happened, nor do I recall doing it myself. (I have blocked exactly 3 people deliberately, and I know why for all of them. I can think of a reason/time I might have blocked you, but I'm fairly sure I didn't since I wasn't using Twitter then either.)

Oh, to add: I've unblocked you now, but I still won't be using Twitter. The main reason I'm not just closing the account is to stop anyone else having the user name.

Edited at 2016-04-11 02:07 pm (UTC)
nwhyte
Apr. 11th, 2016 09:35 pm (UTC)
Thanks! And understood. Though I think this means I can add you to the list of unintentional blockers...
matgb
Apr. 11th, 2016 02:06 pm (UTC)
I haven't, because I got here from the Twitter link not my friends page.

I am fairly certain that some of the Twitter clients out there, especially on phones, make it slightly too easy to accidentally block/mute/unfollow someone when you meant to do something else. I remember saying to someone "I've never used the like/favourite feature anyway" when it changed its name and they pointed out I actually had, for something completely irrelevant, finger must've slipped.

Also, Twitter's buggy and then some, still, if they concentrated on getting the core product working as intended rather than tweaking it constantly to chase new users while annoying existing ones it'd be a far better service.
rosefox
Apr. 11th, 2016 02:54 pm (UTC)
No blockage here.
shereenb
Apr. 11th, 2016 03:14 pm (UTC)
I've not blocked you on Twitter, I actually came here via your Tweet. But your post reminded me that I noticed around Christmas that I'd somehow unfollowed people I wouldn't want to unfollow. I chalked it up to user error and re-followed them.
andyhat
Apr. 11th, 2016 04:10 pm (UTC)
Neither blocked nor muted for me. Though I'm more likely to see your posts here on LJ than twitter anyways.
lensedqso
Apr. 11th, 2016 05:09 pm (UTC)
I used to have people randomly drop me as a Facebook friend unintentionally every so often - it seemed to come in waves and not be tied to the actions of the people who dropped me. Or people were just trying to see if I noticed and cared if they were my friends :)
bopeepsheep
Apr. 11th, 2016 06:16 pm (UTC)
Facebook occasionally defriends people for you. I had a few days fairly recently where everyone I tagged in a post ended up unfriended, which was confusing and bizarre. Some sort of glitch.
redfiona99
Apr. 11th, 2016 09:03 pm (UTC)
That worries me slightly, because a couple of my friends have just fallen off Facebook and now I'm worried that there's been accidental blockage.
saare_snowqueen
Apr. 11th, 2016 05:22 pm (UTC)
Not blocked or muted, although I am blocked by Cheryl Morgan. I remember when it happened but I still don't understand why.
soon_lee
Apr. 11th, 2016 07:23 pm (UTC)
I just followed you, so no.
topum
Apr. 11th, 2016 11:24 pm (UTC)
A friend of mine had this happen to him on twitter a while ago. He somehow ended up blocked by people who didn't block him.
katlinel
Apr. 12th, 2016 07:30 am (UTC)
I saw the tweet so I am sure I haven't blocked you.

A while ago Twitter seemed to go through a spate of accidental unfollowings. I wonder if this is similar?
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