Update: I've grown impatient after waiting months for Twitter to lift the account restrictions. Instead of waiting for a fix, Zero Click officially has a new Twitter account. You can follow us at @ZeroClickBlog to chat and stay up to date with future posts. But, keep in mind, expect more engagement on Mastodon because Mammoths > Blue Birds.
As you have likely noticed, Zero Click is a very new blog. And even though it's just a wee baby, it looks as if Twitter already has beef with it. After only one text-only tweet and another sharing my first blog post -- How to install ANY extension in Firefox Mobile -- it appears as if Twitter has already labeled Zero Click's account as spam.
Now, whenever someone tries to visit Zero Click on Twitter, they are met with this message:
Caution: This account is temporarily restricted
You’re seeing this warning because there has been some unusual activity from this account. Do you still want to view it?
Not only that, but whenever I try to post a Tweet of any kind, it's rejected and this is what I see:
This request looks like it might be automated. To protect our users from spam and other malicious activity, we can't complete this action right now. Please try again later.
I first saw these messages more than a month ago, and it's still an issue today. Whenever I try to post something, regardless of the content, Twitter gives me the same message with no clear answer as to why or how to resolve it.
My guess is that at the time, Zero Click was hosted on Write.as, and that blog post was automatically tweeted via its built-in Twitter integration functionality. After doing a small amount of research, I haven't seen any other Write.as users suffering from this problem, so I can't be sure this is what caused it.
On top of that, Twitter customer support is nonexistent, and I have not received any sort of formal notification letting me know why my account is restricted. But, if you are a Write.as user, just be mindful of this possibility. I would disable Twitter integration and share my content manually just to be safe.
Hopefully this sorts itself out, because I won't be putting any more effort into figuring this out. Twitter is a dumpster fire right now, and I almost didn't make an account there anyway. I'm just glad this issue happened early on in Zero Click's life, so I've lost nothing in this mess.
All that to say, Twitter stinks; use Mastodon. You can follow Zero Click at @firstname.lastname@example.org right now, where I don't see the account getting marked as spam anytime soon.