In my story today I wanted to experiment using the Twitter search option. I got Storify to search for tweets that contained the hashtag #fascinating. There were about 150 hits. I narrowed it down to the hits from Saturday 16th February, and also ignored some tweets where it looked like the hashtag was referring to a book called Fascinating. What I was left with was a snapshot of what the Twitter world were finding fascinating on Saturday. This was fascinating in itself! Have a look at the story below to see the tweets. I've included three favourites below
Storify has a feature called "notify" that lets you notify people who you have referenced in your story. Infact. they encourage you to do it to, in their words, "help your story go viral". Well. I'm not bothered about going viral, but it seemed like a courteous thing to do to share my story with those I'd quoted. They might find it fascinating too. There were 50 people referenced in my story. It didn't seem too many so I thought I would notify them. I was intrigued what their reaction would be as well. It was all part of the experiment.
What happened was that my Twitter account got instantly suspended! I felt terrible, like I was some dodgy spammer annoying people with junk messages. I've contacted Twitter to ask for my account to be un-suspended, and also contacted Storify to tell them to change their guidance on this feature.