Sunday, May 24, 2009

Steps to be taken when your twitter account is suspended.

My account was suspended recently, and I have yet to find out the reason. I was managing my followers on and I added 350 people who were following me and deleted about 100 spammers whom I followed. Within hours, I got suspended.

Suspended Accounts

A Twitter account may be suspended for a variety of reasons. The most common of which is automated mass following or other types of spammy behavior.

What is Spam on Twitter?

Commercial or promotional use of Twitter is allowed. There are many companies who create valuable, opt-in relationships with users on Twitter who want to keep up to date with them. However, if you are following other accounts in order to gain attention to your account or links therein, you may be considered spam. If you are creating a series of accounts in order to promote the same thing, you may be considered spam. If you are sending large numbers of @reply messages that are not genuine replies, you may be considered spam. If you are creating updates in order to show up in search results, you may be considered spam. If you are disguising links (i.e., writing about one thing but linking to another), you may be considered spam. If a large number of users have blocked you (relative to those following you), you may be considered spam.

Other Reasons Your Account May Be Suspended

It’s possible your account may be suspended for breaking other Twitter rules. Impersonation, illegal content, or any violation of the Twitter Terms of Service may result in the suspension of your account.

If You’ve Been Suspended

I’m not happy about this lack of customer service. I have submitted 2 tickets and one email and they replied and close the ticket with a bunch of links. Then after subquent requests, I some how got my account back. (4 days)

Here are the following steps I took which got my account back

1) Submit a request to get your account back. (second tab)

2) Send an email to give them a valid reason of what you think you did before the suspension. Posting some nefarious links can get you suspended. So be careful when you RT

3) Wait. (A couple of days) and check your existing requests (third tab)

4) While waiting, check out other people's blog, add your comments on why you got your account suspended, spread the word.

5) Get your friends and set up new account to send messages to @spam. And get more request tickets in from other users to justify the un-suspension. (Does not really help, but sure "adds more work" for the customer service.)

6) Hope for the best.

Like I said, my friends @oliverschmid, @Robin_low are all addicted tweeps and life is different without twitter!

Please don't suspend our accounts again!

--Iron Bowl

(Feel free to follow us back on Twitter, if you are not a spam bot, we will follow you back too!)

Monday, May 18, 2009

Tree hits you because god hates you. 

Nothing to do with Singapore Government.

Because all trees in Singapore belongs ot the government, no matter where you go, beware of falling branches. If it hits you, you cannot claim your insurance, reason: GOD HATES YOU. (ACT OF GOD)

I find this quite amusing as I've know cases where cars were damaged by trees and owner has to pay for it. The trees, managed by N-Parks (National Parks) are responsible for all trees in Singapore. They will certify the health of the tree, and they sometimes charge you a fee for it.

So if you are in Singapore, BEWARE THE TREES!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The roles of a liberal arts education in Singapore...

I don't think Singapore is a breeding ground for creativity, I feel most Singaporeans are slow to follow trends and are not really keen to try new things, unless it has some form of "status symbol" attached.

I know of a lot of people who attend plays and concerts at the Esplanade, not because its interesting, but rather, its expensive, and they may meet other rich people, or they have bragging rights.

I also have a special contempt for a lot of Singaporeans who look down on local artists and local brands, and believing that everything from Japan or Europe is cool.

There is a strong role that liberal arts play in every society, however Singapore is a society that places great emphasis on economic development and industrial growth. People have come to see the pursuit of knowledge increasingly as instrumental pursuits of power, in the form of discovering "facts" and concluding "results".

Often, social sciences and humanities are seen as "poor choices" of subjects in schools, that only those that cannot grasp maths and science would have to go to.

I guess it is easy to forget what it's like to be human in this highly elitist society where the most of public are usually considered "lesser gods"

--Iron Bowl

Friday, May 08, 2009

Singapore Terrorist

In Jarkarta, Mohammad Hasan Saynudin, a 36-year old Singaporean admitted to meeting Osama bin Laden many times and

plotted an attack on a bar frequented by non-muslims. 

I read this on the newspapers in Malaysia and in Indonesia, but after searching the Singapore newpapers, this piece 

of news seemed to be missing. 

Singapore constantly boasts that it has low crime and no terrorist activities, because the media seems to cover up 

these news. The fact that this Singaporean is getting 18 years jail sentence, and was proud of his actions and ready 

for whatever punishment was handed down proves that no matter which country you are from, there is still chance of 

terrorism and terrorist network.

Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, has been hit by a string of terrorist attacks in recent years 

blammed on South-East Asian militant network Jemaah Islamiah (JI) - formerly funded by Al-Qaeda. The escaped 

terrorist in Singapore, Mas Selamat Kastari, who planned a bombing at Changni International Airport in Singapore was 

also a member of JI.

Mohammad Hasan -- Arrested with nine other Islamic militants and a cache of weapons on Sumatra island in July 2008 

-- admitted to many crimes during his trial, including helping mastermind a foiled plot to hijack a Russian Aeroflot 

plane and crash it into the terminal at Singapore's international airport in 2001.

More should be done as this clearly shows that there is an active community of terrorist that may be present in 

Singapore and the police should do more to find these dangerous terrorist cells and stop them before they succeed in 

plotting something successful.

Malaysia and Indonesia, and now Philippines are known to have Muslim rebel groups and provide santuary and colluded 

with fugitice South-East Asian Islamic militants in the country respective south.

Though Philippines have a lot of Roman Catholic State, intelligence report detailed close links between the Moro 

Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and JI millitants. The report also detailed more Singaporeans at the rebel bases in 

the southern Phillipines. 

I feel that all of these terrorists should be stopped and arrested at all cost as terrorism brings separation and 

fear, which leads to war and conflict, something the world does not need in such troubled times today.

--Iron Bowl

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Loading and unloading bays (revisited)

In many countries, there are parking for commercial vehicles. These parking lots are for only 30 mins and they are very important for the commercial vehicles to load and unload goods.

In Singapore, I've seen many commercial vehicles get fined parking at the loading and unloading bays. I own a renovation company and I too get a lot of these parking violations although I park the vehicle for less than 15 mins at the loading and unloading bays, and my vehicle is too "tall" to enter the multi-storied carparks.

This rule seems to be promoting "double parking" as the passenger cars that double park and block traffic or park at the no parking areas seemed to be spared parking violations, where commercial vehicles that are loading and unloading at the loading and unloading bays are fined.

Should there be an update in the rule?

--Iron Bowl

Saturday, May 02, 2009

Food Courts in Singapore

The Hawker Centers, food courts and restaurants in Singapore all have one thing in common. Their toilets do not have SOAP!

I don't care about the rating on how clean the food establishment is, when you have no soap in shopping mall toilets, or worse, no toilet paper -- I consider the place a health risk to eat there.

I think most Singaporeans still do not mind as I have observed EVERYONE not using the soap dispenser at all after using the toilet. Just thinking of the cooks going to take a dump, and there is no toilet paper, and no soap... Then return to the kitchen to cook your food!

I would assume that such basic personal hygene would be a common thing that the Singapore government -- the government that banned chewing gum -- would have it many ministries to check on, perhaps -- Ministry of Toilet -- needs to be set up.

With the Swine Flu, I would urge people to wash their hands more often, especially before consumption of food, but without soap, I don't know what to say. 

Maybe there should be a BRING YOUR OWN SOAP day at the shopping malls and eveyone in the malls with their children do not seem to be concern about the Swine Flu and food poisoning that happened few weeks back that killed several people.

Besides checking the cleanliness of the stores, I wonder if the NEA checks on the availability of toilet paper and soap in toilets?

P.S. I was at Bugis Junction and Plaza Singapura. No soap and toilet paper near the food court. I was at Toa Payoh Lor 4 Market. No soap and toilet paper in market or coffee shops, but people seemed to be hesitant to buy pork. 

Fear wins, education fails.

--Iron Bowl