Last night (this morning) at 1:44am I got an e-mail from the fine folks at Twitter, telling me that they had manually reset my password and I could now log back into my account. My last previous tweet was July 24th, just over one full week ago.
On July 24th my account was mysteriously deleted with no warning or advance notice. Just completely gone. After a few strategically directed tweets from fellow twitterers on my behalf the account was restored within a couple of days. All my followers were there, all my tweets were there, all my followings were there, just one small problem....
I could not login to my account. I forgot what e-mail I registered with (further evidence that I have too many e-mail addresses). Entered my user name (RealtorLefebvre) and Twitter told me it didn't recognize me. Ouch!
While I tried to get online help from Get Satisfaction, I continued to enter any and all e-mail addresses I might have registered with. Finally I got a message saying that instructions to reset my password had been sent to the e-mail address I entered! Ureka! I was in luck....
Unfortunately, during my Twitter outage I had also switched brokerages and the e-mail address I registered with was from my OLD brokerage, an e-mail account I no longer had access to!
Back to Get Satisfaction with details of my new dilema. That was yesterday afternoon. This morning I was back in Twitter business!
This issue probably could have been solved in less than a week if I had been more adamant about my pursuit for a solution. The truth of the matter is after the initial shock wore off that my account was deleted, and I saw it had been restored, I didn't worry too much about it. Occasionally I would see what some of my favorite followers were saying, but it honestly didn't matter much to me. I was too busy with other important things.
And that's the point. After a full week of no Twitter I looked back to try and gague what I had missed and the answer for me was not much! Nothing actually. For me, Twitter is a fun social networking tool and part of the overall reason I was recruited to my new brokerage, but speaking after a full Twitter-less week, I can honestly say that I don't feel I missed a beat.
A big "thank you" has to go out to @gregoryng, @paulocepek and @ericawallace who all tweeted on my behalf to try and help get a remedy to my situation. Hard to say what kind of direct effect they had (@ev <twitter founder> actually responded early to @gregoryng which was cool), but it's the thought that counts. Thanks! All good people. Quality tweets. Well worthy of a follow.
So today I am back on the wagon. I now know where my friends are grabbing coffee, I've been tipped off to a few great posts online and I've been ridiculed for the Sox trading Manny Ramirez (which was a GREAT trade, BTW!). But I also have specific confirmation of a fact that I've always held true. There is most certainly life without Twitter.
And truth be told, it's a pretty damn productive life without Twitter as well!